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(Solved) Unable to access search engines

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by beast78, Oct 6, 2003.

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  1. beast78

    beast78 Thread Starter

    Jun 29, 2003
    Hello guys!

    I have a problem here, and I would deeply appreciate it if anyone could offer me some help.

    I can't access various search engines of late. I have tried only 3 though: Google, Yahoo and altavista. I can't access into their main page and the only reply I got is: "Cannot find server...The page cannot be displayed" message. The weird thing is I can access other websites without any problem.

    I am using IE 6 on Win XP.

    So far the steps I have taken, but still unable to resolve the problem:

    1) Delete all cookies, temporary files and history of IE/

    2) Use Adware 6 and Spybot to eliminate spyware from blocking any sites.

    3) http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/trojan.qhosts.html
    (To see if there are any Trojans in my computer)

    4) Connect my Internet server to my laptop, and yes those sites can be accessed without any problems at all, so I assume the fault lies with something on my PC.

    The only thing I am left to do is to reformat everything on my PC. But before I do that, I am just taking a final shot here to see if there is any remedy to this.

    Thanks in advance for the help.
  2. In4ser


    Aug 10, 2002
    yeah...I have the same problem no search engines work, from the the go network (lycos, angelfire, hotbot & etc) to yahoo and it's affilates. Though I found out they're all powered by google...so that may have something to do wit it. i have no idea wut's going on...I found the trojan, Download.Aduent.Trojan but it has nothing to do with the problem i'm experiencing though it does explain why porno windows keeps popping up randomly 7_7...but yeah i don't no wut's going on either but ur not alone
  3. Miz


    Jul 1, 2002
    Sometimes downloading and running CWShredder (download link's at the bottom of the page) will resolve the problem.

    Even though no trojans were found, it can't hurt to download the Qhosts removal tool and run it as well.

    Then be sure to go over to the Windows update sites and get all the "Critical updates and patches" relating to security. Apparently, the Qhosts trojan gains entry through malicious code on a website. I don't know which patch exactly fixes that vulnerability, which is why I recommend getting all of the security updates and patches.
  4. Top Banana

    Top Banana

    Nov 10, 2002
  5. In4ser


    Aug 10, 2002
    Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.3
    Scan saved at 11:40:40 AM, on 10/6/2003
    Platform: Windows XP (WinNT 5.01.2600)
    MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 (6.00.2600.0000)

    Running processes:
    C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMAgent.exe
    C:\Program Files\AIM\aim.exe
    C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Messenger\ypager.exe
    C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
    C:\Program Files\BitTorrent\btdownloadgui.exe
    C:\Program Files\KaZaA Lite\kazaa.exe
    C:\Program Files\KaZaA Lite\AutoSearchMore.exe
    C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe

    R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.mtgnews.com/
    O1 - Hosts file is located at: C:\WINDOWS\help\hosts
    O1 - Hosts: elite
    O1 - Hosts: www.google.akadns.net
    O1 - Hosts: www.google.com
    O1 - Hosts: google.com
    O1 - Hosts: www.altavista.com
    O1 - Hosts: altavista.com
    O1 - Hosts: search.yahoo.com
    O1 - Hosts: uk.search.yahoo.com
    O1 - Hosts: ca.search.yahoo.com
    O1 - Hosts: jp.search.yahoo.com
    O1 - Hosts: au.search.yahoo.com
    O1 - Hosts: de.search.yahoo.com
    O1 - Hosts: search.yahoo.co.jp
    O1 - Hosts: www.lycos.de
    O1 - Hosts: www.lycos.ca
    O1 - Hosts: www.lycos.jp
    O1 - Hosts: www.lycos.co.jp
    O1 - Hosts: alltheweb.com
    O1 - Hosts: web.ask.com
    O1 - Hosts: ask.com
    O1 - Hosts: www.ask.com
    O1 - Hosts: www.teoma.com
    O1 - Hosts: search.aol.com
    O1 - Hosts: www.looksmart.com
    O1 - Hosts: auto.search.msn.com
    O1 - Hosts: search.msn.com
    O1 - Hosts: ca.search.msn.com
    O1 - Hosts: fr.ca.search.msn.com
    O1 - Hosts: search.fr.msn.be
    O1 - Hosts: search.fr.msn.ch
    O1 - Hosts: search.latam.yupimsn.com
    O1 - Hosts: search.msn.at
    O1 - Hosts: search.msn.be
    O1 - Hosts: search.msn.ch
    O1 - Hosts: search.msn.co.in
    O1 - Hosts: search.msn.co.jp
    O1 - Hosts: search.msn.co.kr
    O1 - Hosts: search.msn.com.br
    O1 - Hosts: search.msn.com.hk
    O1 - Hosts: search.msn.com.my
    O1 - Hosts: search.msn.com.sg
    O1 - Hosts: search.msn.com.tw
    O1 - Hosts: search.msn.co.za
    O1 - Hosts: search.msn.de
    O1 - Hosts: search.msn.dk
    O1 - Hosts: search.msn.es
    O1 - Hosts: search.msn.fi
    O1 - Hosts: search.msn.fr
    O1 - Hosts: search.msn.it
    O1 - Hosts: search.msn.nl
    O1 - Hosts: search.msn.no
    O1 - Hosts: search.msn.se
    O1 - Hosts: search.ninemsn.com.au
    O1 - Hosts: search.t1msn.com.mx
    O1 - Hosts: search.xtramsn.co.nz
    O1 - Hosts: search.yupimsn.com
    O1 - Hosts: uk.search.msn.com
    O1 - Hosts: search.lycos.com
    O1 - Hosts: www.lycos.com
    O1 - Hosts: www.google.ca
    O1 - Hosts: google.ca
    O1 - Hosts: www.google.uk
    O1 - Hosts: www.google.co.uk
    O1 - Hosts: www.google.com.au
    O1 - Hosts: www.google.co.jp
    O1 - Hosts: www.google.jp
    O1 - Hosts: www.google.at
    O1 - Hosts: www.google.be
    O1 - Hosts: www.google.ch
    O1 - Hosts: www.google.de
    O1 - Hosts: www.google.se
    O1 - Hosts: www.google.dk
    O1 - Hosts: www.google.fi
    O1 - Hosts: www.google.fr
    O1 - Hosts: www.google.com.gr
    O1 - Hosts: www.google.com.hk
    O1 - Hosts: www.google.ie
    O1 - Hosts: www.google.co.il
    O1 - Hosts: www.google.it
    O1 - Hosts: www.google.co.kr
    O1 - Hosts: www.google.com.mx
    O1 - Hosts: www.google.nl
    O1 - Hosts: www.google.co.nz
    O1 - Hosts: www.google.pl
    O1 - Hosts: www.google.pt
    O1 - Hosts: www.google.com.ru
    O1 - Hosts: www.google.com.sg
    O1 - Hosts: www.google.co.th
    O1 - Hosts: www.google.com.tr
    O1 - Hosts: www.google.com.tw
    O1 - Hosts: go.google.com
    O1 - Hosts: google.at
    O1 - Hosts: google.be
    O1 - Hosts: google.de
    O1 - Hosts: google.dk
    O1 - Hosts: google.fi
    O1 - Hosts: google.fr
    O1 - Hosts: google.com.hk
    O1 - Hosts: google.ie
    O1 - Hosts: google.co.il
    O1 - Hosts: google.it
    O2 - BHO: (no name) - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.ocx
    O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\msdxm.ocx
    O3 - Toolbar: (no name) - {FF7FD490-34E7-4FA1-927A-F5799E6AAD7B} - (no file)
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\System32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NeroCheck] C:\WINDOWS\system32\NeroCheck.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [vptray] C:\PROGRA~1\NavNT\vptray.exe
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [AIM] C:\Program Files\AIM\aim.exe -cnetwait.odl
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Yahoo! Pager] C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Messenger\ypager.exe -quiet
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [STYLEXP] C:\Program Files\TGTSoft\StyleXP\StyleXP.exe -Hide
    O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Office.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA9.EXE
    O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~1\Office10\EXCEL.EXE/3000
    O9 - Extra button: AIM (HKLM)
    O12 - Plugin for .bcf: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Plugins\NPBelv32.dll
    O16 - DPF: {166B1BCA-3F9C-11CF-8075-444553540000} (Shockwave ActiveX Control) - http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/director/sw.cab
    O16 - DPF: {30528230-99F7-4BB4-88D8-FA1D4F56A2AB} (YInstStarter Class) - http://download.yahoo.com/dl/installs/yinst.cab
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    O16 - DPF: {88D969C0-F192-11D4-A65F-0040963251E5} (XML DOM Document 4.0) - file://C:\Documents and Settings\Justin Mei\Local Settings\Temp\EI40_\msxml4.cab
    O16 - DPF: {9F1C11AA-197B-4942-BA54-47A8489BB47F} (Update Class) - http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/CAB/x86/unicode/iuctl.CAB?37900.3849652778
    O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) - http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab
  6. Top Banana

    Top Banana

    Nov 10, 2002
    Scan with HijackThis, put a checkmark at and "Fix checked" the following entries.

    All O1 entries
    O3 - Toolbar: (no name) - {FF7FD490-34E7-4FA1-927A-F5799E6AAD7B} - (no file)
  7. In4ser


    Aug 10, 2002
  8. Top Banana

    Top Banana

    Nov 10, 2002
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