Need HJT analysis--please help me kill begin2search!

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frostillicus

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first of all, i have already downloaded and used Spybot and SpywareBlaster.

my problem is that i have picked up the extremely obnoxious begin2search.com toolbar, and also certain keywords appearing anywhere on my IE screen have become little highlighted links ("Sponsored Link" they say when I hover my mouse over them) to begin2search sales websites. For instance, wherever the text "music" appears anywhere on the screen, it is now a link to mp3 players, "relationships" and "sex" now link to online dating sites and so on. how do i put an end to this? has anyone seen this before?

I've already run hijack and deleted the obvious suspects (i.e. anything containing "begin2search"), but they all seem to have reappeared and the problem hasn't gone away. Some sage advice would be greatly appreciated.

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\KERNEL32.DLL
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MSGSRV32.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MPREXE.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\mmtask.tsk
C:\WINDOWS\EXPLORER.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\TASKMON.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\SYSTRAY.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\NORTON ANTIVIRUS\NAVAPW32.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\QTTASK.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\EBATES_MOEMONEYMAKER\EBATESMOEMONEYMAKER0.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\MSN MESSENGER\MSNMSGR.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\AIM95\AIM.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\PANICWARE\POP-UP STOPPER FREE EDITION\PSFREE.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\WMIEXE.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\INTERNET EXPLORER\IEXPLORE.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\EBATES_MOEMONEYMAKER\EBATESMOEMONEYMAKER1.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\DDHELP.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\INTERNET EXPLORER\IEXPLORE.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\DESKTOP\HIJACKTHIS.EXE

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer,SearchURL = http://www.begin2search.com/googlesidesearch.html
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://www.begin2search.com/googlesidesearch.html
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://www.begin2search.com/googlesidesearch.html
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://login.passport.net/uilogin.srf?id=2
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = http://www.begin2search.com/googlesidesearch.html
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://websearch.drsnsrch.com/sidesearch.cgi?id=
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://websearch.drsnsrch.com/sidesearch.cgi?id=
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch = http://websearch.drsnsrch.com/sidesearch.cgi?id=
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = http://www.begin2search.com/googlesidesearch.html
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL,(Default) = websearch.drsnsrch.com/q.cgi?q=
R3 - URLSearchHook: (no name) - _{20EC3D2D-33C1-4C9D-BC37-C2D500688DA2} - (no file)
R3 - URLSearchHook: (no name) - {20EC3D2D-33C1-4C9D-BC37-C2D500688DA2} - C:\TV MEDIA\TVMBHO.DLL (file missing)
O2 - BHO: ohb - {4D568F0F-8AC9-40AB-88B7-415134C78777} - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\WINB2S32.DLL
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {C5183ABC-EB6E-4E05-B8C9-500A16B6CF94} - C:\PROGRAM FILES\SEP\SEP.DLL (file missing)
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {F4E04583-354E-4076-BE7D-ED6A80FD66DA} - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MSBE.DLL
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {AEECBFDA-12FA-4881-BDCE-8C3E1CE4B344} - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\NVMS.DLL
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {CE188402-6EE7-4022-8868-AB25173A3E14} - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MSCB.DLL
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {0CCE6EB8-CDCB-7E16-DF39-CEB3399243A0} - C:\WINDOWS\Qljqtnwp.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {A3FDD654-A057-4971-9844-4ED8E67DBBB8} - C:\PROGRAM FILES\SIDEFIND\SFBHO.DLL (file missing)
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SDHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {002EB272-2590-4693-B166-FBD5D9B6FEA6} - C:\WINDOWS\MULTIMPP.DLL
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {0019C3E2-DD48-4A6D-ABCD-8D32436323D9} - C:\WINDOWS\BXXS5.DLL
O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MSDXM.OCX
O3 - Toolbar: Begin2Search.com Bar - {52FE5233-367C-4EFB-BDD7-0BE4D212C107} - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\WINB2S32.DLL
O3 - Toolbar: Band Class - {C5183ABC-EB6E-4E05-B8C9-500A16B6CF94} - C:\PROGRAM FILES\SEP\SEP.DLL (file missing)
O3 - Toolbar: Search - {8ECAF552-9B45-B89B-7E25-5EAEF23C2A30} - C:\WINDOWS\Qljqtnwp.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ScanRegistry] c:\windows\scanregw.exe /autorun
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TaskMonitor] c:\windows\taskmon.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SystemTray] SysTray.Exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [LoadPowerProfile] Rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,LoadCurrentPwrScheme
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Norton Auto-Protect] C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~1\NAVAPW32.EXE /LOADQUIET
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [COMSMDEXE] comsmd.exe -off
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\QTTASK.EXE" -atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [bxxs5] RunDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\BXXS5.DLL,DllRun
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [CONSCORR] C:\WINDOWS\CONSCORR.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Win Server Updt] C:\WINDOWS\wupdt.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [EbatesMoeMoneyMaker0] "C:\PROGRAM FILES\EBATES_MOEMONEYMAKER\EbatesMoeMoneyMaker0.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [LoadPowerProfile] Rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,LoadCurrentPwrScheme
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [msnmsgr] "C:\PROGRAM FILES\MSN MESSENGER\MSNMSGR.EXE" /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [AIM] C:\PROGRAM FILES\AIM95\aim.exe -cnetwait.odl
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [PopUpStopperFreeEdition] "C:\PROGRAM FILES\PANICWARE\POP-UP STOPPER FREE EDITION\PSFREE.EXE"
O8 - Extra context menu item: Ebates - file://C:\PROGRAM FILES\EBATES_MOEMONEYMAKER\Sy350\Tp350\scri350a.htm
O9 - Extra button: Related (HKLM)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Show &Related Links (HKLM)
O9 - Extra button: AIM (HKLM)
O9 - Extra button: SideFind (HKLM)
O9 - Extra button: Dell Home (HKCU)
O9 - Extra button: Ebates (HKCU)
O12 - Plugin for .hpb: C:\PROGRA~1\INTERN~1\PLUGINS\nphpipb.dll
O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) - http://download.macromedia.com/pub/...ash/swflash.cab
O16 - DPF: {8FBFE5FF-5E98-11D3-80AF-00C04FCFBC72} (SurveyCtl35 Class) - http://activex.microsoft.com/contro...izards/sw35.cab
O16 - DPF: {F72A7B0E-0DD8-11D1-BD6E-00AA00B92AF1} (IE Active Setup Control) - http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie...df/setupctl.cab
O16 - DPF: {226906C8-B910-11D3-82A3-0000F81A655B} (Mbayactx Control) - http://ez.messagebay.com/code1/mbayactx.cab
O16 - DPF: {2FF18E20-DE11-11D1-8161-00A0C90DD90C} (MSNBC News Menu Control 3.01) - http://www.msnbc.com/download/nr1228.cab
O16 - DPF: {94349FB6-37A0-4385-BADA-1B48DE3CA833} (ChrtCtl Class) - http://fdl.msn.com/public/investor/v9.5/investor.cab
O16 - DPF: {351CF0CE-B05A-11D2-ABD9-00104B685417} (PWImageControl Class) - http://ebay.sj.ipixmedia.com/code//PWActiveXImgCtl.cab
O16 - DPF: {E855A2D4-987E-4F3B-A51C-64D10A7E2479} (EPSImageControl Class) - 2.cab" target=_blank>http://tools.ebayimg.com/eps/active...ntrol_v1-32.cab
O16 - DPF: {3C648A72-C49A-48EF-9F90-68EF13293F97} (Cacher Class) - http://www2.xmlsweb.socalmls.com/XMLSearch/XMLCache.CAB
O16 - DPF: {39B0684F-D7BF-4743-B050-FDC3F48F7E3B} (FilePlanet Download Control Class) - http://www.fileplanet.com/fpdlmgr/c...DC_1_0_0_42.cab
O16 - DPF: {02BF25D5-8C17-4B23-BC80-D3488ABDDC6B} (QuickTime Object) - http://www.apple.com/qtactivex/qtplugin.cab
O16 - DPF: {62475759-9E84-458E-A1AB-5D2C442ADFDE} - http://a1540.g.akamai.net/7/1540/52...meInstaller.exe
O16 - DPF: {9F1C11AA-197B-4942-BA54-47A8489BB47F} (Update Class) - http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.c...B?1088358153020
O16 - DPF: {33564D57-0000-0010-8000-00AA00389B71} - http://download.microsoft.com/downl...922/wmv9VCM.CAB
 
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Hi frostillicus,

1° Log on in safe mode (administrator account with WinXP or Win2000), run HijackThis and fix the following entries :

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer,SearchURL = http://www.begin2search.com/googlesidesearch.html
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://www.begin2search.com/googlesidesearch.html
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://www.begin2search.com/googlesidesearch.html
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = http://www.begin2search.com/googlesidesearch.html
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://websearch.drsnsrch.com/sidesearch.cgi?id=
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://websearch.drsnsrch.com/sidesearch.cgi?id=
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch = http://websearch.drsnsrch.com/sidesearch.cgi?id=
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = http://www.begin2search.com/googlesidesearch.html
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL,(Default) = websearch.drsnsrch.com/q.cgi?q=
R3 - URLSearchHook: (no name) - _{20EC3D2D-33C1-4C9D-BC37-C2D500688DA2} - (no file)
R3 - URLSearchHook: (no name) - {20EC3D2D-33C1-4C9D-BC37-C2D500688DA2} - C:\TV MEDIA\TVMBHO.DLL (file missing)
O2 - BHO: ohb - {4D568F0F-8AC9-40AB-88B7-415134C78777} - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\WINB2S32.DLL
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {C5183ABC-EB6E-4E05-B8C9-500A16B6CF94} - C:\PROGRAM FILES\SEP\SEP.DLL (file missing)
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {F4E04583-354E-4076-BE7D-ED6A80FD66DA} - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MSBE.DLL
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {AEECBFDA-12FA-4881-BDCE-8C3E1CE4B344} - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\NVMS.DLL
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {CE188402-6EE7-4022-8868-AB25173A3E14} - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MSCB.DLL
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {A3FDD654-A057-4971-9844-4ED8E67DBBB8} - C:\PROGRAM FILES\SIDEFIND\SFBHO.DLL (file missing)
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {0019C3E2-DD48-4A6D-ABCD-8D32436323D9} - C:\WINDOWS\BXXS5.DLL
O3 - Toolbar: Begin2Search.com Bar - {52FE5233-367C-4EFB-BDD7-0BE4D212C107} - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\WINB2S32.DLL
O3 - Toolbar: Band Class - {C5183ABC-EB6E-4E05-B8C9-500A16B6CF94} - C:\PROGRAM FILES\SEP\SEP.DLL (file missing)
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [bxxs5] RunDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\BXXS5.DLL,DllRun
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [CONSCORR] C:\WINDOWS\CONSCORR.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Win Server Updt] C:\WINDOWS\wupdt.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [EbatesMoeMoneyMaker0] "C:\PROGRAM FILES\EBATES_MOEMONEYMAKER\EbatesMoeMoneyMaker0.exe"
O8 - Extra context menu item: Ebates - file://C:\PROGRAM FILES\EBATES_MOEMONEYMAKER\Sy350\Tp350\scri350a.htm
O9 - Extra button: SideFind (HKLM)
O9 - Extra button: Ebates (HKCU)
O16 - DPF: {226906C8-B910-11D3-82A3-0000F81A655B} (Mbayactx Control) - http://ez.messagebay.com/code1/mbayactx.cab
O16 - DPF: {3C648A72-C49A-48EF-9F90-68EF13293F97} (Cacher Class) - http://www2.xmlsweb.socalmls.com/XMLSearch/XMLCache.CAB
O16 - DPF: {62475759-9E84-458E-A1AB-5D2C442ADFDE} - http://a1540.g.akamai.net/7/1540/52...meInstaller.exe

2° Delete the following folders :
C:\TV MEDIA
C:\PROGRAM FILES\SEP
C:\PROGRAM FILES\SIDEFIND
C:\PROGRAM FILES\EBATES_MOEMONEYMAKER

3° Delete the following files :
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\WINB2S32.DLL
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MSBE.DLL
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\NVMS.DLL
C:\WINDOWS\BXXS5.DLL
C:\WINDOWS\CONSCORR.exe
C:\WINDOWS\wupdt.exe

4° Empty your recycle bin and reboot with your usual account

5° Do an on-line virus scan there : http://housecall.trendmicro.com/
 

frostillicus

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Joined
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Messages
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first of all, thanks very much. i followed your directions and the obnoxious problems have ceased. one thing i have not been able to do, though. you suggest that i delete C:\PROGRAM FILES\EBATES_MOEMONEYMAKER, but i am unable to empty it from my recycle bin. when i try to, i get the message, "Cannot delete EbatesMoeMoneyMaker1: Access is denied. Make sure that the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use." then, the Ebates folder reappears in my Program Files.

What should i do to counter this?
 
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