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dust4life

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heyo all, got a new one for you...

About a week ago I had a serious virus issue, rectified by a system restore and a set of MSE&Spybot scans. Everything was perfect-o until about a week ago, when I installed chrome (direct download from Google) and all of a sudden problems galore with IE and firefox. IE would open on its own to the msn homepage and audio (an ad on the page?) would start playing. Closing the window removed it from the taskbar but wouldn't stop the process, which would have to be terminated from the task manager to stop the audio.

Firefox started having issues displaying certain page formats (Facebook and woot in particular) and started the now intermittent google redirect problem.

Another spybot sweep and some fanagling with my hijack this scan fixed the IE issues and the firefox formating problems but the redirect remained.

-Current Symptoms: google redirect, throws me to a handful of different .us sites, hitting back 3x gets me to the site i wanted. google searches also take an awkwardly long time to process.

-Catalyst Control Center now crashes every time I startup my computer, but I'm unable to reinstall it as the AMD downloader can't connect.

-Hijack This throws an error during the scan process "For some reason your system denied write access to the Hosts file...". I've tried both the installer and the executable, but as this seems to only be an issue for removing items i've been ignoring it.

MSE, MBAW, Spybot S&D and a quick Microsoft Malicious Software Removal tool scan all revealed nothing. I've got nothing in the way of awkward BHO's, and my startup is pretty clean... This is where my experience falls short and I bow to your greatness. I'm running a Full MWSRT scan without much hope. Here's the current HJT log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 2:18:37 AM, on 12/2/2011
Platform: Windows 7 SP1 (WinNT 6.00.3505)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v9.00 (9.00.8112.16421)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\SafeConnect\scClient.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology\IAStorIcon.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\System Control Manager\MGSysCtrl.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\ExpressPCB\ExpressPCB.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\plugin-container.exe
C:\Users\User1\Downloads\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = astroburn-search.com
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page = C:\Windows\SysWOW64\blank.htm
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar,LinksFolderName =
F2 - REG:system.ini: UserInit=userinit.exe
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHelperStub - {18DF081C-E8AD-4283-A596-FA578C2EBDC3} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelperShim.dll
O2 - BHO: Spybot-S&D IE Protection - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~2\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: Java(tm) Plug-In 2 SSV Helper - {DBC80044-A445-435b-BC74-9C25C1C588A9} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre6\bin\jp2ssv.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [IAStorIcon] C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology\IAStorIcon.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MGSysCtrl] C:\Program Files (x86)\System Control Manager\MGSysCtrl.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [StartCCC] "C:\Program Files (x86)\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static\CLIStart.exe" MSRun
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Sidebar] C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe /autoRun
O4 - Global Startup: SafeConnect.lnk = ?
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~2\MIF5BA~1\Office12\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O8 - Extra context menu item: Se&nd to OneNote - res://C:\PROGRA~2\MIF5BA~1\Office14\ONBttnIE.dll/105
O9 - Extra button: Send to OneNote - {2670000A-7350-4f3c-8081-5663EE0C6C49} - C:\PROGRA~2\MIF5BA~1\Office12\ONBttnIE.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: S&end to OneNote - {2670000A-7350-4f3c-8081-5663EE0C6C49} - C:\PROGRA~2\MIF5BA~1\Office12\ONBttnIE.dll
O9 - Extra button: Research - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - C:\PROGRA~2\MIF5BA~1\Office12\REFIEBAR.DLL
O9 - Extra button: @C:\Program Files\Motorola\Bluetooth\btmshell.dll,-247 - {bd707fe6-39f6-4bda-9265-86a76719bdc5} - C:\Program Files\Motorola\Bluetooth\btmiesend.htm
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @C:\Program Files\Motorola\Bluetooth\btmshell.dll,-247 - {bd707fe6-39f6-4bda-9265-86a76719bdc5} - C:\Program Files\Motorola\Bluetooth\btmiesend.htm
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {DFB852A3-47F8-48C4-A200-58CAB36FD2A2} - C:\PROGRA~2\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Spybot - Search & Destroy Configuration - {DFB852A3-47F8-48C4-A200-58CAB36FD2A2} - C:\PROGRA~2\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O10 - Unknown file in Winsock LSP: c:\program files (x86)\common files\microsoft shared\windows live\wlidnsp.dll
O10 - Unknown file in Winsock LSP: c:\program files (x86)\common files\microsoft shared\windows live\wlidnsp.dll
O11 - Options group: [ACCELERATED_GRAPHICS] Accelerated graphics
O15 - Trusted Zone: http://asia.msi.com.tw
O15 - Trusted Zone: http://global.msi.com.tw
O16 - DPF: {8167C273-DF59-4416-B647-C8BB2C7EE83E} (WebSDev Control) - http://liveupdate.msi.com.tw/autobios/LOnline/install.cab
O18 - Protocol: wlpg - {E43EF6CD-A37A-4A9B-9E6F-83F89B8E6324} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Live\Photo Gallery\AlbumDownloadProtocolHandler.dll
O23 - Service: Adobe Acrobat Update Service (AdobeARMservice) - Adobe Systems Incorporated - C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\armsvc.exe
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\Alg.exe,-112 (ALG) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\System32\alg.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: AMD External Events Utility - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\atiesrxx.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: Bluetooth Device Manager - Motorola, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Motorola\Bluetooth\devmgrsrv.exe
O23 - Service: Bluetooth Media Service - Motorola, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Motorola\Bluetooth\audiosrv.exe
O23 - Service: Bluetooth OBEX Service - Motorola, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Motorola\Bluetooth\obexsrv.exe
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\efssvc.dll,-100 (EFS) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\System32\lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%systemroot%\system32\fxsresm.dll,-118 (Fax) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\fxssvc.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology (IAStorDataMgrSvc) - Intel Corporation - C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology\IAStorDataMgrSvc.exe
O23 - Service: @keyiso.dll,-100 (KeyIso) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: Logitech Bluetooth Service (LBTServ) - Logitech, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Logishrd\Bluetooth\LBTServ.exe
O23 - Service: Lookout Citadel Server (LkCitadelServer) - National Instruments, Inc. - C:\Windows\SysWOW64\lkcitdl.exe
O23 - Service: National Instruments PSP Server Locator (lkClassAds) - National Instruments Corporation - C:\Windows\SysWOW64\lkads.exe
O23 - Service: National Instruments Time Synchronization (lkTimeSync) - National Instruments Corporation - C:\Windows\SysWOW64\lktsrv.exe
O23 - Service: LMIGuardianSvc - LogMeIn, Inc. - C:\Program Files (x86)\LogMeIn\x64\LMIGuardianSvc.exe
O23 - Service: LogMeIn Maintenance Service (LMIMaint) - LogMeIn, Inc. - C:\Program Files (x86)\LogMeIn\x64\RaMaint.exe
O23 - Service: LogMeIn - LogMeIn, Inc. - C:\Program Files (x86)\LogMeIn\x64\LogMeIn.exe
O23 - Service: Micro Star SCM - Micro-Star International Co., Ltd. - C:\Program Files (x86)\System Control Manager\MSIService.exe
O23 - Service: @comres.dll,-2797 (MSDTC) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\System32\msdtc.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\System32\netlogon.dll,-102 (Netlogon) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: National Instruments Domain Service (NIDomainService) - National Instruments Corporation - C:\Program Files (x86)\National Instruments\Shared\Security\nidmsrv.exe
O23 - Service: NI Service Locator (niSvcLoc) - National Instruments Corporation - C:\Windows\SysWOW64\nisvcloc.exe
O23 - Service: nProtect GameGuard Service (npggsvc) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\GameMon.des.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: PnkBstrA - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\PnkBstrA.exe
O23 - Service: PnkBstrB - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\PnkBstrB.exe
O23 - Service: @%systemroot%\system32\psbase.dll,-300 (ProtectedStorage) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%systemroot%\system32\Locator.exe,-2 (RpcLocator) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\locator.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\samsrv.dll,-1 (SamSs) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: SBSD Security Center Service (SBSDWSCService) - Safer Networking Ltd. - C:\Program Files (x86)\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SDWinSec.exe
O23 - Service: SafeConnect Manager (SCManager) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files (x86)\SafeConnect\scManager.sys servicestart (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\snmptrap.exe,-3 (SNMPTRAP) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\System32\snmptrap.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%systemroot%\system32\spoolsv.exe,-1 (Spooler) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\System32\spoolsv.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\sppsvc.exe,-101 (sppsvc) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\sppsvc.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: Steam Client Service - Valve Corporation - C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Steam\SteamService.exe
O23 - Service: Adobe SwitchBoard (SwitchBoard) - Adobe Systems Incorporated - C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\SwitchBoard\SwitchBoard.exe
O23 - Service: Intel(R) Turbo Boost Technology Monitor (TurboBoost) - Intel(R) Corporation - C:\Program Files\Intel\TurboBoost\TurboBoost.exe
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\ui0detect.exe,-101 (UI0Detect) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\UI0Detect.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\vaultsvc.dll,-1003 (VaultSvc) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\vds.exe,-100 (vds) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\System32\vds.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%systemroot%\system32\vssvc.exe,-102 (VSS) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\vssvc.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\Wat\WatUX.exe,-601 (WatAdminSvc) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\Wat\WatAdminSvc.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%systemroot%\system32\wbengine.exe,-104 (wbengine) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\wbengine.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%Systemroot%\system32\wbem\wmiapsrv.exe,-110 (wmiApSrv) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\wbem\WmiApSrv.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%PROGRAMFILES%\Windows Media Player\wmpnetwk.exe,-101 (WMPNetworkSvc) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Media Player\wmpnetwk.exe (file missing)

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End of file - 9949 bytes

I've tried reading through the log but I'm not as well versed as all y'all. I read that all the "Unknown owner" errors are just from HijackThis not dealing with x64 too well? Hopefully you see something I dont.

Thanks again everyone,
Mike
 

dust4life

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bump? i managed to find an alureon.e trojan by using microsoft's standalone scanner, but nothing's really fixed. I've also come across a weird User account which i can't figure out how to remove?
its listed as

Account Unknown(S-1-5-21-2806785232-648200133-4066897920-1003)
the account has both read and Read&Execute permissions... no bueno.
 

dust4life

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bump

did some more digging around, found the Kaspersky tdsskiller application to check for root kits. Initial install of the .exe direct from their download page couldn't be run (even after renaming it to a .com) but looking around their forums I found a solution: A modified version of the application where all the publisher information has been removed WILL run. Unfortunately, the only thing flagged was MSI_vgasys_010507 which is harmless.

edit: just discovered I've been having the same problem with aswMBR.exe (a root kit scanner signed by Avast!) but can't find an unsigned version of it. I actually don't think it's as simple as being unsigned, as this file has no signature but DOES list the file's "company" as "Avast Software"
 

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HJT's throwing of errors trying to access my host file got me a bit suspicious, and since using the LSPFix tool recommended by HJT didn't seem to do anything, I just reset the file using the Microsoft FixIt download

Once that was handled and my comp was restarted, I was able to open my root kit tools (Kaspersky's TDSSKiller or Avast!'s aswMBR) without any issues. Neither actually found anything, but it was still nice just to have that one hurdle surmounted. I also was able to install and run SEP (12) which grabbed a half dozen bad files and, though I had to manually remove one, could have potentially finished the issue.

As the redirects were only intermittent I can't really test if the issue's gone, but I'm in the process of reinstalling CCC in hopes of finally being able to fix the issue which first brought this virus to light.
 

dust4life

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MBRCheck.exe notes the MBR on my only drive as "MBR Faked!"

can't fix it through their tool or any of the suggested techniques from windows through the system repair cmd prompt on my installer disk (ie >bootrec /fixmbr, >bootrec /fixboot) or the even going straight to the disk >bootsect /nt60 SYS /mbr.

so for an update, I've got 2 noted trojans in my boot record and no way of fixing them

Alureon.E
Olmarik.TDL4
 
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