[Resolved] all sorts of page redirects no matter where i go

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Re: [In Progress] all sorts of page redirects no matter where i go
« Reply #15 on: March 31, 2011, 10:32:31 AM »
I have another question for you, but it is not about your computer, its about your posts. You have been using the pre tag in your posts when you are pasting in a log. Do you know where this is coming from? Are you putting it in manually? Or are you copying text from an editor other than notepad?

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Re: [In Progress] all sorts of page redirects no matter where i go
« Reply #16 on: March 31, 2011, 03:42:18 PM »
GooredFix by jpshortstuff (03.07.10.1)
Log created at 17:40 on 31/03/2011 (Timika)
Firefox version 4.0 (en-US)

========== GooredScan ==========

Deleting HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Mozilla\Firefox\Extensions\\{4AA613FA-C3A5-4F93-BC57-43ECECEEC4C2} -> Success!
Deleting C:\Documents and Settings\Timika\Local Settings\Application Data\{4AA613FA-C3A5-4F93-BC57-43ECECEEC4C2} -> Success!

========== GooredLog ==========

C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\extensions\
{972ce4c6-7e08-4474-a285-3208198ce6fd} [20:08 29/03/2011]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Mozilla\Firefox\Extensions]
"jqs@sun.com"="C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\lib\deploy\jqs\ff" [04:07 29/11/2008]
"{20a82645-c095-46ed-80e3-08825760534b}"="c:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v3.5\Windows Presentation Foundation\DotNetAssistantExtension\" [02:12 08/08/2009]

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Re: [In Progress] all sorts of page redirects no matter where i go
« Reply #17 on: March 31, 2011, 03:49:33 PM »
i'm using the preformatted text button here on the post reply window. I used that when posting logs so the text wouldn't wrap around and make it all confusing looking. I know this sounds kinda silly but I couldn't figure out how to make it so the text wouldn't wrap around so I found that the button works.

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Re: [In Progress] all sorts of page redirects no matter where i go
« Reply #18 on: March 31, 2011, 04:13:33 PM »
I'm sure this might be a separate issue but I don't know, it could be related. I didn't bring it up before cause I couldn't remember what it said, but I just got this error again. It says RUNDLL in the title bar and says Error loading c:\Program Files\Common Files\ParetoLogic\UUS2\UUS.dll I think there has been another one than that too but I'm not positive. I'm hoping they're .dll's for programs I don't really need.

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Re: [In Progress] all sorts of page redirects no matter where i go
« Reply #19 on: March 31, 2011, 06:34:18 PM »
You don't need to use the preformat button. As long as notepad is not set to wordwrap, then the formatting that the board software does is good. Some of the logs have lines that are a thousand characters long.

About the RUNDLL Error, are you using anything from ParetoLogic?

About the search problem, gorredfix found and removed two entries, so I need you to test out your browser and see if it is working, or if it still gets redirected.

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Re: [In Progress] all sorts of page redirects no matter where i go
« Reply #20 on: March 31, 2011, 07:47:38 PM »
yeah still getting redirected. It says paretologic has something  to do with a windows installer package and I'm pretty sure it's not running or being used. I won't really worry about it now though unless it's related to the other problem, cause it's not making anything act whacky

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Re: [In Progress] all sorts of page redirects no matter where i go
« Reply #21 on: March 31, 2011, 08:51:46 PM »
* Anyone other than the originator of this thread, you would be best advised to not run combofix without guidance from someone trained in its use. It is a very powerful tool that can cause damage to your computer if used wrong.

Run comboFix.exe. Please visit this webpage for download links, and instructions for running the tool:

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Re: [In Progress] all sorts of page redirects no matter where i go
« Reply #22 on: April 01, 2011, 09:15:10 PM »
ComboFix 11-04-01.01 - Timika 04/01/2011  22:50:16.2.2 - x86
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition  5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.894.347 [GMT -4:00]
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2011-03-30 00:06 . 2011-03-30 00:06   --------   d-----w-   c:\program files\CCleaner
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2011-02-11 01:44 . 2011-02-11 01:44   110080   ----a-r-   c:\documents and settings\Timika\Application Data\Microsoft\Installer\{4E97AE47-1293-4669-BBF3-4BDE52501A1A}\IconF7A21AF7.exe
2011-02-11 01:44 . 2011-02-11 01:44   110080   ----a-r-   c:\documents and settings\Timika\Application Data\Microsoft\Installer\{4E97AE47-1293-4669-BBF3-4BDE52501A1A}\IconD7F16134.exe
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2011-01-21 14:44 . 2008-04-14 09:42   439296   ----a-w-   c:\windows\system32\shimgvw.dll
2011-01-07 14:09 . 2008-04-14 09:39   290048   ----a-w-   c:\windows\system32\atmfd.dll
2011-03-18 17:53 . 2011-03-29 20:08   142296   ----a-w-   c:\program files\mozilla firefox\components\browsercomps.dll
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uStart Page = hxxp://www.yahoo.com/
uSearchMigratedDefaultURL = hxxp://www.google.com/search?q={searchTerms}&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-US&ie=utf8&oe=utf8
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DPF: {9C23D886-43CB-43DE-B2DB-112A68D7E10A} - hxxp://lads.myspace.com/upload/MySpaceUploader2.cab
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[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\Classes\Interface\{E3F2C3CB-5EB8-4A04-B22C-7E3B4B6AF30F}\ProxyStubClsid32]
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c:\windows\system32\Ati2evxx.dll
c:\program files\Common Files\Adobe\Adobe Drive CS4\AdobeDriveCS4_NP.dll
c:\windows\System32\BCMLogon.dll
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Completion time: 2011-04-01  23:06:39
ComboFix-quarantined-files.txt  2011-04-02 03:06
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Pre-Run: 17,856,139,264 bytes free
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WindowsXP-KB310994-SP2-Home-BootDisk-ENU.exe
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Re: [In Progress] all sorts of page redirects no matter where i go
« Reply #23 on: April 02, 2011, 11:00:07 AM »
Did that make any difference?

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Re: [In Progress] all sorts of page redirects no matter where i go
« Reply #24 on: April 02, 2011, 11:32:10 AM »
yeah it did...I guess I'll just try it out for awhile and see what happens. thanks again

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Re: [In Progress] all sorts of page redirects no matter where i go
« Reply #25 on: April 02, 2011, 11:49:49 AM »
If all is well tomorrow, let me know and we can do some cleanup.

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Re: [In Progress] all sorts of page redirects no matter where i go
« Reply #26 on: April 07, 2011, 12:11:55 PM »
keitojay, how is your computer running?

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Re: [In Progress] all sorts of page redirects no matter where i go
« Reply #27 on: April 07, 2011, 08:15:58 PM »
Sorry for the delay. It's running great no more redirects.

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Re: [In Progress] all sorts of page redirects no matter where i go
« Reply #28 on: April 07, 2011, 08:44:26 PM »
Now  there are a few thing's you need to do to fully clean your system and keep it secure.


Uninstall Combofix
The following will implement some cleanup procedures as well as reset System Restore points:
Click Start > Run and copy/paste the following bolded text into the Run box and click OK:

ComboFix /Uninstall

Run OTC
Download OTC to your desktop and run it
Click Yes to beginning the Cleanup process and remove these components, including this application.
You will be asked to reboot the machine to finish the Cleanup process. Choose Yes.

Cleaning out Temporary Files etc. There are several different products that you can use for this. You can go thru the Internet Options in the windows Control Panel. There are several programs that also do the job better than windows does it, in my opinion. There is System Security Suite, EasyCleaner, Ccleaner. Also sometimes other program sometimes do it as well as what you originally got it for like ZoneAlarm Security Suite. Just make sure to keep them updated and use them regularly.

Disable and Enable System Restore.
I recommend you turn off System restore, and then turn it back on so that you will not be able to restore your problems to a clean computer.
For Vista use these instructions, Windows Vista Restore Guide
For XP use these instructions, Windows XP System Restore Guide
Reboot
Re-enable system restore with instructions from tutorial above
Create a System Restore Point
Go to all programs, then to accessories, then to system tools, then to system restore. Check the box for create restore point (not select a restore point), then click next and follow the instructions.

Make your Internet Explorer more secure - This can be done by following these simple instructions: (unless you are using ZoneAlarm Security Suite or something similar, then you would secure the browser thru the firewall). There are some good basic instructions for that here.

Use a different browser other than  IE (most exploits are pointed towards IE). One of them is
Firefox.
It is also worth trying Thunderbird for controlling spam in your e-mail.

Always use an UPDATED anti-virus program Make sure you update this at least weekly, if not more often. This is one thing that may save you more than anything else.

Run malware scanners. Three free ones are Spybot Search and Destroy, and AdAware and Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

Always use a firewall.
Any firewall is better than none, and you should pick a firewall that you will use, as even the best firewall is worthless if you turn it off.
 
Learn how to use your firewall Only programs that need it should have access to the net. But these are specific to the firewall you use, so you will need to learn how. Several firewalls have support forums here. My page will help you with ZoneAlarm if that is what you choose. 


Never run two Antivirus programs or two Firewalls  at the same time. They can interfere with each other and cause problems. Some people swear that more protection is provided, but the reverse is true. They tend to argue amongst themselves and end up leaving holes. Now I have more than 1 AV installed on my computer, and I keep them up to date. I only run one at a time, but each program has weakness's, so I keep a backup in case my computer starts acting up.


 MOST IMPORTANT : Windows and IE, and whatever other software that you have that connects to the net, needs to be kept updated. The reason is, these programs connect to the net, and if there is an internal security problem, you have already told your firewall to allow the communication, and thus you will have allowed a hole. UPDATES are important. I suggest that you make sure that Windows Updates and the updates for your antivirus and antimalware programs are set for automatic updates. I also suggest running Secunia PSI. It will monitor the software you have installed and let you know when something needs to be updated.

Don't ever use P2P or filesharing software Even the safest P2P file sharing programs that do not contain bundled spyware, still expose you to risks because of the very nature of the P2P file sharing process. By default, most P2P file sharing programs are configured to automatically launch at startup. They are also configured to allow other P2P users on the same network open access to a shared directory on your computer. The reason for this is simple. File sharing relies on its members giving and gaining unfettered access to computers across the P2P network. However, this practice can make you vulnerable to data and identity theft. Even if you change those risky default settings to a safer configuration, the act of downloading files from an anonymous source greatly increases your exposure to infection. That is because the files you are downloading may actually contain a disguised threat. Many very malicious worms and trojans, such as the Storm Worm, target and spread across P2P files sharing networks because of their known vulnerabilities.

Before using any malware detection / removal software Check with Rogue/Suspect Spyware List and Rogue Applications List That way you will know if the program you are looking at is on the up and up. If you want to know how it stacks up against other programs check out SpywareWarrior

We have a good guide here at Spyware Hammer on how to prevent Malware in the Future. You might want to peruse this and follow the recommendations in there.
PLEASE READ IT AND FOLLOW THE RECOMMENDATIONS TO PROTECT YOURSELF.

Let us know if you have any more problems, either new or old.
Have a good time surfing the net, but stay safe.
If you have no more problems, let me know and I will mark this as resolved. Or if you have more questions, ask away, that is why I am here.

Former Consumer Security MVP
2011-2014

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