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Solved: Another victim of CWS - please help!

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by dhulks, Jan 15, 2005.

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  1. dhulks

    dhulks Thread Starter

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    I seem to be another victim of this CWS hijacker. Same as other people mention: homepage is always 'about:blank' and so on. Have tried to remove with Ad-aware, but just keeps coming back. I've run HijackThis, but can't see where the problem is. Could someone kindly take a look at my logfile and advise on what, if anything, to remove?
    Many thanks.

    Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.0
    Scan saved at 13:29:59, on 15/01/2005
    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:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
    C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\SOUNDMAN.EXE
    C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\RUNDLL32.EXE
    C:\PROGRA~1\MediaKey\KPDrv4XP.EXE
    C:\PROGRA~1\MediaKey\MMKeybd.EXE
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\wscntfy.exe
    C:\Program Files\AutoUpdate\AutoUpdate.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\dskcz2.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\dssps.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\tibs3.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\cmd.exe
    C:\Program Files\Hijack\HijackThis.exe

    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = res://C:\WINDOWS\razdz.dll/sp.html#37049
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = res://C:\WINDOWS\razdz.dll/sp.html#37049
    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = about:blank
    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = res://C:\WINDOWS\razdz.dll/sp.html#37049
    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = res://C:\WINDOWS\razdz.dll/sp.html#37049
    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = res://C:\WINDOWS\razdz.dll/sp.html#37049
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = res://C:\WINDOWS\razdz.dll/sp.html#37049
    R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = res://C:\WINDOWS\razdz.dll/sp.html#37049
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL,(Default) = http://red.clientapps.yahoo.com/customize/ycomp_wave/defaults/su/*http://www.yahoo.com
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Connection Wizard,ShellNext = http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/
    R3 - Default URLSearchHook is missing
    O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.ocx
    O2 - BHO: (no name) - {32D819AE-5E1D-5524-783B-C8993083716B} - C:\WINDOWS\wintj.dll
    O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Helper - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar1.dll
    O3 - Toolbar: Yahoo! Companion - {EF99BD32-C1FB-11D2-892F-0090271D4F88} - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Companion\Installs\cpn\ycomp5_5_5_0.dll
    O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar1.dll
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\System32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SoundMan] SOUNDMAN.EXE
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvMediaCenter] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\System32\NvMcTray.dll,NvTaskbarInit
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [USBKBDrv] C:\PROGRA~1\MediaKey\KPDrv4XP.EXE
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MediaKey] C:\PROGRA~1\MediaKey\MMKeybd.EXE
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TkBellExe] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe" -osboot
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [xbA.exe] C:\documents and settings\mr hulks\local settings\temp\xbA.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [DeskAd Service] C:\Program Files\DeskAd Service\DeskAdServ.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [appow.exe] C:\WINDOWS\appow.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AutoUpdater] "C:\Program Files\AutoUpdate\AutoUpdate.exe"
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [tFni34e] dssps.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [tibs3] C:\WINDOWS\system32\tibs3.exe
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [co4sRQKtS] dskcz2.exe
    O8 - Extra context menu item: &Google Search - res://c:\program files\google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmsearch.html
    O8 - Extra context menu item: Backward Links - res://c:\program files\google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmbacklinks.html
    O8 - Extra context menu item: Cached Snapshot of Page - res://c:\program files\google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmcache.html
    O8 - Extra context menu item: Similar Pages - res://c:\program files\google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmsimilar.html
    O8 - Extra context menu item: Translate into English - res://c:\program files\google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmtrans.html
    O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\j2re1.4.2\bin\npjpi142.dll
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\j2re1.4.2\bin\npjpi142.dll
    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 .spop: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Plugins\NPDocBox.dll
    O15 - Trusted Zone: *.awmdabest.com
    O15 - Trusted Zone: *.frame.crazywinnings.com
    O15 - Trusted Zone: *.awmdabest.com (HKLM)
    O15 - Trusted Zone: *.frame.crazywinnings.com (HKLM)
    O15 - Trusted IP range: 206.161.125.149
    O15 - Trusted IP range: (HKLM)
    O16 - DPF: RaptisoftGameLoader - http://www.miniclip.com/hamsterball/raptisoftgameloader.cab
    O23 - Service: NVIDIA Display Driver Service - NVIDIA Corporation - C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exe
    O23 - Service: ZESOFT - Unknown - C:\WINDOWS\zeta.exe (file missing)
    O23 - Service: Network Security Service (NSS) - Unknown - C:\WINDOWS\system32\ntww32.exe
     
  2. Flrman1

    Flrman1

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    Hi dhulks

    Welcome to TSG! :)

    First Click here to download cwsserviceremove.zip and unzip it to your desktop and have it ready to run later.
    ___________________________________________________________________________

    Click here to download CWShredder. Do Not run it yet. Download it to the desktop and have it ready to run later.

    ____________________________________________________________________

    Click here to download AboutBuster created by Rubber Ducky.

    Unzip AboutBuster to the Desktop then click the "Update Button" then click "Check for Update" and download the updates and then click "Exit" because I don't want you to run it yet. Just get the updates so it is ready to run later in safe mode.
    _____________________________________________________________________

    Now go ahead and set your computer to show hidden files like so:

    Because XP will not always show you hidden files and folders by default, Go to Start > Search and under "More advanced search options".
    Make sure there is a check by "Search System Folders" and "Search hidden files and folders" and "Search system subfolders"

    Next click on My Computer. Go to Tools > Folder Options. Click on the View tab and make sure that "Show hidden files and folders" is checked. Also uncheck "Hide protected operating system files" and "Hide extensions for known file types" . Now click "Apply to all folders"
    Click "Apply" then "OK"
    ______________________________________________________________________

    Sign off the internet and remain offline until this procedure is complete. Unplug your modem or disconnect the cable or phone line. Copy these instructions to notepad and save them on your desktop for easy access. You must follow these directions exactly and you cannot skip any part of it.
    ______________________________________________________________________


    Click Start > Run > and type in:

    services.msc

    Click OK.

    In the services window find Network Security Service (NSS).
    Rightclick and choose "Properties". On the "General" tab under "Service Status" click the "Stop" button to stop the service. Beside "Startup Type" in the dropdown menu select "Disabled". Click Apply then OK. Exit the Services utility.
    ______________________________________________________________________

    Restart to safe mode.

    How to start your computer in safe mode


    Perform the following steps in safe mode:

    ____________________________________________________________________


    Double click on the cwsserviceemove.reg file you downloaded at the beginning to enter into the registry. Answer yes when asked to have it's contents added to the registry.
    ____________________________________________________________________

    Go to Start > Run and type Hijackthis. Press enter to start HijackThis. DO NOT OPEN ANYTHING ELSE!

    Put a check by these entries in Hijack This and click the "Fix Checked" button:

    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = res://C:\WINDOWS\razdz.dll/sp.html#37049

    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = res://C:\WINDOWS\razdz.dll/sp.html#37049

    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = about:blank

    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = res://C:\WINDOWS\razdz.dll/sp.html#37049

    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = res://C:\WINDOWS\razdz.dll/sp.html#37049

    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = res://C:\WINDOWS\razdz.dll/sp.html#37049

    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = res://C:\WINDOWS\razdz.dll/sp.html#37049

    R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = res://C:\WINDOWS\razdz.dll/sp.html#37049

    R3 - Default URLSearchHook is missing

    O2 - BHO: (no name) - {32D819AE-5E1D-5524-783B-C8993083716B} - C:\WINDOWS\wintj.dll

    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [xbA.exe] C:\documents and settings\mr hulks\local settings\temp\xbA.exe

    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [DeskAd Service] C:\Program Files\DeskAd Service\DeskAdServ.exe

    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [appow.exe] C:\WINDOWS\appow.exe

    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AutoUpdater] "C:\Program Files\AutoUpdate\AutoUpdate.exe"

    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [tFni34e] dssps.exe

    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [tibs3] C:\WINDOWS\system32\tibs3.exe

    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [co4sRQKtS] dskcz2.exe

    O23 - Service: ZESOFT - Unknown - C:\WINDOWS\zeta.exe (file missing)

    O23 - Service: Network Security Service (NSS) - Unknown - C:\WINDOWS\system32\ntww32.exe

    Find and delete these files:

    C:\WINDOWS\appow.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\zeta.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\ntww32.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\dskcz2.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\dssps.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\tibs3.exe

    Delete these folders:

    C:\Program Files\DeskAd Service
    C:\Program Files\AutoUpdate

    Navigate to the C:\Windows\Temp folder. Open the Temp folder and go to Edit > Select All then Edit > Delete to delete the entire contents of the Temp folder.

    Next navigate to the C:\Documents and Settings\mr hulks (Repeat for all user names)\Local Settings\Temp folder. Open the Temp folder and go to Edit > Select All then Edit > Delete to delete the entire contents of the Temp folder.

    Finally go to Control Panel > Internet Options. On the General tab under "Temporary Internet Files" Click "Delete Files". Put a check by "Delete Offline Content" and click OK. Click on the Programs tab then click the "Reset Web Settings" button. Click Apply then OK.

    ________________________________________________________________________

    Next run aboutbuster. Double click aboutbuster.exe, click OK, click Start, then click OK. This will scan your computer for the bad files and delete them.
    _______________________________________________________________________

    Finally, run CWShredder. Just click on the cwshredder.exe then click "Fix" (Not "Scan only") and let it do it's thing.
    _______________________________________________________________________

    Boot back into Windows now.


    Download DelDomains.inf from here:

    http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/DelDomains.inf

    Rightclick DelDomains.inf and choose install.


    Turn off System Restore:

    On the Desktop, right-click My Computer.
    Click Properties.
    Click the System Restore tab.
    Check Turn off System Restore.
    Click Apply, and then click OK.
    Restart your computer.



    Go here and do an online virus scan.

    Be sure and put a check in the box by "Auto Clean" before you do the scan. If it finds anything that it cannot clean have it delete it or make a note of the file location so you can delete it yourself. Housecall will detect the leftover files from this hijacker.



    This hijacker is known to alter or delete certain files so check this out please:

    Download the Hoster from here . UnZip the file and press "Restore Original Hosts" and press "OK". Exit Program.

    If you have Spybot S&D installed you will also need to replace one file.
    Go here and download SDHelper.dll. Copy the file to the folder containing your Spybot S&D program (normally C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy)

    Check in the C:\Windows\system32 folder to be sure you have a file named Shell.dll. If you do not have one, go to the C:\Windows\system32\dllcache folder.
    Find shell.dll and right click on it. Choose Copy from the menu.
    Open the System32 folder and right click on an empty space in the window. Choose Paste from the menu.


    control.exe may have been deleted.
    See if control.exe is present in C:\windows\system32

    If control.exe isn't there, go here, and download control.exe per the instructions at the site.

    IMPORTANT!: Please check your ActiveX security settings. They may have been changed by this CWS variant to allow ALL ActiveX!! If they have been changed, reset your active x security settings in IE as recommended here.



    When you are sure you are clean turn System Restore back on and create a restore point.

    To create a restore point:

    Single-click Start and point to All Programs.
    Mouse over Accessories, then System Tools, and select System Restore.
    In the System Restore wizard, select the box next the text labeled "Create a restore point" and click the Next button.
    Type a description for your new restore point. Something like "After trojan/spyware cleanup". Click Create and you're done.
     
  3. dhulks

    dhulks Thread Starter

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    Solved! Thank you so much Flrman1. Will certainly be hitting the Donate button as soon as I get a moment.
     
  4. Flrman1

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    You're Welcome! :)
     
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