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Help in deleting 2 spyware: (1) "a7c44 Research in Progress" (2) "SearchSquire"

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by veuve01, Oct 18, 2004.

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  1. veuve01

    veuve01 Thread Starter

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    I am using Windows XP Home SP2 and IE 6.0 .

    When I do a Spyware Audit using Earthlink's Spyware Audit Program, it shows two spyware present, identified as: (1) "a7c44 Research in Progress" (2) "SearchSquire" . They only show up when using the "Earthlink Spyware Audit". I have scanned using the following most updated Spyware Scans on their most extensive in-depth levels of Scan: Earthlink, Ad-aware 6.0, Spybot S&D (1.3), TDS-3, Adware Away, Panda and neither of the two spyware have shown in their results. Microsoft level 2 technicians have not been able to rid these two spyware and says that the spywares are false positives.

    Accordingly, the following is a list of my HJT log:

    Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
    Scan saved at 11:54 AM, on 10/18/2004
    Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
    MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

    Running processes:
    C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
    C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\System32\atievxx.exe
    C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
    C:\PROGRA~1\ALWILS~1\Avast4\ashDisp.exe
    C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
    C:\Program Files\SpywareGuard\sgmain.exe
    C:\Program Files\SpywareGuard\sgbhp.exe
    C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
    C:\Documents and Settings\Paul\Desktop\HijackThis.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\notepad.exe

    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://start.earthlink.net/AL/Search
    R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.webcrawler.com
    R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = http://start.earthlink.net/AL/Search
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL,(Default) = http://search.presario.net/scripts/redirectors/presario/srchredir.dll?c=1c99&s=search&query=%s&i=enu
    R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page = C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\blank.htm
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyServer = 24.228.0.3:8080
    R3 - URLSearchHook: SrchHook Class - {44F9B173-041C-4825-A9B9-D914BD9DCBB3} - C:\Program Files\EarthLink TotalAccess\ElnIE.dll
    R3 - URLSearchHook: (no name) - ~CFBFAE00-17A6-11D0-99CB-00C04FD64497} - (no file)
    F2 - REG:system.ini: UserInit=C:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.exe
    O1 - Hosts: 64.91.255.87 www.dcsresearch.com
    O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\PROGRAM FILES\ADOBE\ACROBAT 5.0\ACROBAT\ACTIVEX\ACROIEHELPER.OCX
    O2 - BHO: SpywareGuard Download Protection - {4A368E80-174F-4872-96B5-0B27DDD11DB2} - C:\Program Files\SpywareGuard\dlprotect.dll
    O2 - BHO: EarthLink Popup Blocker - {4B5F2E08-6F39-479a-B547-B2026E4C7EDF} - C:\Program Files\EarthLink TotalAccess\PnEL.dll
    O3 - Toolbar: EarthLink Toolbar - {D7F30B62-8269-41AF-9539-B2697FA7D77E} - C:\Program Files\EarthLink TotalAccess\PnEL.dll
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SystemTray] SysTray.Exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TkBellExe] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe" -osboot
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [avast!] C:\PROGRA~1\ALWILS~1\Avast4\ashDisp.exe
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
    O4 - Startup: SpywareGuard.lnk = C:\Program Files\SpywareGuard\sgmain.exe
    O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Office.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office10\OSA.EXE
    O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~5\Office10\EXCEL.EXE/3000
    O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\MSJAVA.DLL
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\MSJAVA.DLL
    O9 - Extra button: MaxManager - {34490430-8ADB-11d3-9A5E-005004D2F1FC} - (no file)
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: &MaxManager - {34490430-8ADB-11d3-9A5E-005004D2F1FC} - (no file)
    O9 - Extra button: Net2Phone - {4B30061A-5B39-11D3-80F8-0090276F843F} - http://www.net2phone.com/ (file missing)
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Net2Phone - {4B30061A-5B39-11D3-80F8-0090276F843F} - http://www.net2phone.com/ (file missing)
    O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
    O12 - Plugin for .cgi: C:\Program Files\Netscape\Communicator\Program\PLUGINS\nppdf32.dll
    O12 - Plugin for .spop: C:\PROGRA~1\INTERN~1\Plugins\NPDocBox.dll
    O15 - Trusted Zone: www.pandasoftware.com
    O16 - DPF: Win32 Classes -

    Please advise as to how I can get rid of:
    "a7c44 Research in Progress"
    "SearchSquire"

    Many thanks.

    Paul (veuve01)
     
  2. cybertech

    cybertech Retired Moderator

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    http://www.doxdesk.com/parasite/SearchSquire.html

    Run HJT again and put a check in the following:

    R3 - URLSearchHook: (no name) - ~CFBFAE00-17A6-11D0-99CB-00C04FD64497} - (no file)
    O16 - DPF: Win32 Classes -

    Close all applications and browser windows before you click "fix checked".
     
  3. veuve01

    veuve01 Thread Starter

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    Doxdesk, thank you for the reply and help with my spyware problem. Did as instructed: Re-ran HJT again and put a check in the following:

    R3 - URLSearchHook: (no name) - ~CFBFAE00-17A6-11D0-99CB-00C04FD64497} - (no file)

    O16 - DPF: Win32 Classes -

    Closed all applications and browser windows before you click "fix checked".

    I even rebooted and ran HJT again and the two items I checked were not there. However, when I reran the audit, both spyware came up and were still indicated as "a7c44 Research in Progress" and "SearchSquire" . In addition, I have no way of knowing which version of SearchSquire I may have as there is no indication of either.

    veuve01
     
  4. cybertech

    cybertech Retired Moderator

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    I don't have Earthlink's Spyware Audit Program, you'll have to look and see if there is a log. If so post it if you can.
     
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