ubiquitous smart-finder.biz

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  1. afbmt1

    afbmt1 Registered Member

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    Smart-finder.biz hijacked my browser. I thought I had gotten rid of it by running ad aware and then installing spywareguard and spyware blaster. Now, it is not hijacking my browsers home page, but occasionally when I type in an address, it will take it over. For instance, this evening I typed in www.nycopera.com and it took over and sent me to smart-finder.biz. I've got to get rid of this.

    I ran "hijack this" and here's the log:

    Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
    Scan saved at 9:42:56 PM, on 4/21/2004
    Platform: Windows XP (WinNT 5.01.2600)
    MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 (6.00.2600.0000)

    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\Explorer.EXE
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
    C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
    C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton Utilities\NPROTECT.EXE
    C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~2\SPEEDD~1\nopdb.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Works Shared\WkUFind.exe
    C:\Program Files\Adaptec\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exe
    C:\Program Files\MusicMatch\MusicMatch Jukebox\mm_tray.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\System32\NILaunch.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Works Shared\wkcalrem.exe
    C:\Program Files\SpywareGuard\sgmain.exe
    C:\Program Files\SpywareGuard\sgbhp.exe
    C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\MSIMN.EXE
    C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
    C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
    C:\Documents and Settings\Alan Blakley\Local Settings\Temp\Temporary Directory 1 for hijackthis1977.zip\HijackThis.exe

    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer,SearchURL = http://smart-finder.biz/1518
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://smart-finder.biz/1518
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://smart-finder.biz/1518
    R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.ceoexpress.com/personal.asp
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://smart-finder.biz/1518
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://smart-finder.biz/1518
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = http://smart-finder.biz/1518
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch = http://smart-finder.biz/1518
    R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://smart-finder.biz/1518
    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://smart-finder.biz/1518
    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://smart-finder.biz/1518
    R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch = http://smart-finder.biz/1518
    R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = http://smart-finder.biz/1518
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer,Search = http://smart-finder.biz/1518
    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer,Search = http://smart-finder.biz/1518
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,SearchAssistant = C:\WINDOWS\system32\searchbar.html
    O2 - BHO: (no name) - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.ocx
    O2 - BHO: SpywareGuard Download Protection - {4A368E80-174F-4872-96B5-0B27DDD11DB2} - C:\Program Files\SpywareGuard\dlprotect.dll
    O2 - BHO: NAV Helper - {BDF3E430-B101-42AD-A544-FADC6B084872} - C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll
    O2 - BHO: (no name) - {FDD3B846-8D59-4ffb-8758-209B6AD74ACC} - C:\Program Files\Microsoft Money\System\mnyviewer.dll
    O3 - Toolbar: Norton AntiVirus - {42CDD1BF-3FFB-4238-8AD1-7859DF00B1D6} - C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll
    O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\msdxm.ocx
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Microsoft Works Update Detection] C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Works Shared\WkUFind.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AdaptecDirectCD] "C:\Program Files\Adaptec\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exe"
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MMTray] C:\Program Files\MusicMatch\MusicMatch Jukebox\mm_tray.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Net-It Launcher] C:\WINDOWS\System32\NILaunch.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccApp] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe"
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccRegVfy] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccRegVfy.exe"
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [keymgrldr] rundll32 setupapi,InstallHinfSection Oemkeymgr9x 128 keymgr3.inf
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [iedll] C:\WINDOWS\iedll.exe
    O4 - Startup: SpywareGuard.lnk = C:\Program Files\SpywareGuard\sgmain.exe
    O4 - Global Startup: Lotus QuickStart.lnk = C:\lotus\wordpro\ltsstart.exe
    O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Works Calendar Reminders.lnk = ?
    O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~4\OFFICE11\EXCEL.EXE/3000
    O9 - Extra button: Research (HKLM)
    O9 - Extra button: Real.com (HKLM)
    O9 - Extra button: MoneySide (HKLM)
    O12 - Plugin for .spop: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Plugins\NPDocBox.dll
    O13 - DefaultPrefix: http://www.smart-finder.biz/1518/
    O13 - WWW Prefix: http://www.smart-finder.biz/1518/
    O13 - Home Prefix: http://www.smart-finder.biz/1518/
    O13 - Mosaic Prefix: http://www.smart-finder.biz/1518/
    O16 - DPF: {9F1C11AA-197B-4942-BA54-47A8489BB47F} (Update Class) - http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/CAB/x86/unicode/iuctl.CAB?37845.7741666667
    O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) - http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab
    O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{28C26D90-63EE-4CAF-BF17-3D639A7050B4}: NameServer = 66.109.128.2 66.109.128.3
    O17 - HKLM\System\CS1\Services\Tcpip\..\{28C26D90-63EE-4CAF-BF17-3D639A7050B4}: NameServer = 66.109.128.2 66.109.128.3

    Thank you for your help.
     
  2. dvk01

    dvk01 Global Moderator

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    First download CWshredder from https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=14086

    boot into safe mode by following instructions here: http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/tsgeninfo.nsf/docid/2001052409420406
    then as some of the files or folders you need to delete may be hidden do this:
    Open Windows Explorer & 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 untick "hide extensions for known file types" . Now click "Apply to all folders"
    Click "Apply" then "OK"

    Run hijackthis, tick these entries listed below and ONLY these entries, double check to make sure, then make sure all browser & email windows are closed and press fix checked

    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer,SearchURL = http://smart-finder.biz/1518
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://smart-finder.biz/1518
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://smart-finder.biz/1518
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://smart-finder.biz/1518
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://smart-finder.biz/1518
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = http://smart-finder.biz/1518
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch = http://smart-finder.biz/1518
    R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://smart-finder.biz/1518
    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://smart-finder.biz/1518
    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://smart-finder.biz/1518
    R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch = http://smart-finder.biz/1518
    R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = http://smart-finder.biz/1518
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer,Search = http://smart-finder.biz/1518
    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer,Search = http://smart-finder.biz/1518
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,SearchAssistant = C:\WINDOWS\system32\searchbar.html

    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [iedll] C:\WINDOWS\iedll.exe

    O13 - DefaultPrefix: http://www.smart-finder.biz/1518/
    O13 - WWW Prefix: http://www.smart-finder.biz/1518/
    O13 - Home Prefix: http://www.smart-finder.biz/1518/
    O13 - Mosaic Prefix: http://www.smart-finder.biz/1518/


    Delete these files

    C:\WINDOWS\iedll.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\searchbar.html


    Now Run Cwshreddder
    Close all browser windows, click on the cwshredder.exe then click "FIX" (Not "Scan only") and let it do it's thing.


    Reboot After running cwshredder and as soon as possible follow this advice:
    Now as CWS Hijacks are normally installed via the byte verifier exploit in M$ JavaVM, just surfing a page with an infected applet can install it with no user participation. So once you’ve run the above, it is vital that you go here, click Scan for updates in the main frame, and download and install all CRITICAL updates recommended.

    then
    Reboot normally &

    Download and unzip or install these programs/applications if you haven't already got them. If you have them, then make sure they are updated and configured as described

    Spybot - Search & Destroy from http://security.kolla.de
    AdAware 6 from http://www.lavasoft.de/support/download


    Run Sybot S&D

    After installing, first press Online, press search for updates, then tick the updates it finds, then press download updates. Beside the download button is a little down pointed arrow, select one of the servers listed. If it doesn't work or you get an error message then try a different server

    Next, close all Internet Explorer and OE windows, press 'Check for Problems', and have SpyBot remove all it finds that is marked in RED.

    then reboot &

    Run ADAWARE

    Before you scan with AdAware, check for updates of the reference file by using the "webupdate".
    the current ref file should read at least 01R297 18.04.2004 or a higher number/later date

    Then ........

    Make sure the following settings are made and on -------"ON=GREEN"
    From main window :Click "Start" then " Activate in-depth scan"

    then......

    click "Use custom scanning options>Customize" and have these options on: "Scan within archives" ,"Scan active processes","Scan registry", "Deep scan registry" ,"Scan my IE Favorites for banned URL" and "Scan my host-files"

    then.........

    go to settings(the gear on top of AdAware)>Tweak>Scanning engine and tick "Unload recognized processes during scanning" ...........then........"Cleaning engine" and "Let windows remove files in use at next reboot"

    then...... click "proceed" to save your settings.

    Now to scan it´s just to click the "Scan" button.

    When scan is finished, mark everything for removal and get rid of it. (Right-click the window and choose"select all" from the drop down menu) then press next and then say yes to the prompt, do you want to remove all these entries.

    reboot again

    then post a new hijackthis log to check what is left
     
  3. afbmt1

    afbmt1 Registered Member

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    Thank you for your help.

    Is there any way to find the people who are doing this and prosecute them?
     
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2004
  4. afbmt1

    afbmt1 Registered Member

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    I went through your protocol and here's the latest HijackThis file. I think I was successful.

    Thanks.



    Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
    Scan saved at 10:37:19 AM, on 4/25/2004
    Platform: Windows XP (WinNT 5.01.2600)
    MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 (6.00.2600.0000)

    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:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
    C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
    C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton Utilities\NPROTECT.EXE
    C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~2\SPEEDD~1\nopdb.exe
    C:\Program Files\Adaptec\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exe
    C:\Program Files\MusicMatch\MusicMatch Jukebox\mm_tray.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\System32\NILaunch.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Works Shared\wkcalrem.exe
    C:\Program Files\SpywareGuard\sgmain.exe
    C:\Program Files\SpywareGuard\sgbhp.exe
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Money\System\urlmap.exe
    C:\Documents and Settings\Alan Blakley\Local Settings\Temp\Temporary Directory 2 for hijackthis1977.zip\HijackThis.exe

    R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.ceoexpress.com/personal.asp
    O2 - BHO: (no name) - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.ocx
    O2 - BHO: SpywareGuard Download Protection - {4A368E80-174F-4872-96B5-0B27DDD11DB2} - C:\Program Files\SpywareGuard\dlprotect.dll
    O2 - BHO: NAV Helper - {BDF3E430-B101-42AD-A544-FADC6B084872} - C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll
    O2 - BHO: (no name) - {FDD3B846-8D59-4ffb-8758-209B6AD74ACC} - C:\Program Files\Microsoft Money\System\mnyviewer.dll
    O3 - Toolbar: Norton AntiVirus - {42CDD1BF-3FFB-4238-8AD1-7859DF00B1D6} - C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll
    O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\msdxm.ocx
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AdaptecDirectCD] "C:\Program Files\Adaptec\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exe"
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MMTray] C:\Program Files\MusicMatch\MusicMatch Jukebox\mm_tray.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Net-It Launcher] C:\WINDOWS\System32\NILaunch.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccApp] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe"
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccRegVfy] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccRegVfy.exe"
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Microsoft Works Update Detection] C:\Program Files\Microsoft Works\WkDetect.exe
    O4 - Startup: SpywareGuard.lnk = C:\Program Files\SpywareGuard\sgmain.exe
    O4 - Global Startup: Lotus QuickStart.lnk = C:\lotus\wordpro\ltsstart.exe
    O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Works Calendar Reminders.lnk = ?
    O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~4\OFFICE11\EXCEL.EXE/3000
    O9 - Extra button: Research (HKLM)
    O9 - Extra button: Real.com (HKLM)
    O9 - Extra button: MoneySide (HKLM)
    O12 - Plugin for .spop: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Plugins\NPDocBox.dll
    O16 - DPF: {9F1C11AA-197B-4942-BA54-47A8489BB47F} (Update Class) - http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/CAB/x86/unicode/iuctl.CAB?38101.5691203704
    O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) - http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab
     
  5. puff-m-d

    puff-m-d Registered Member

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    Hi afbmt1,

    Your log is clean now so hopefully your problems are fixed.

    Regards,
    Kent
     
  6. afbmt1

    afbmt1 Registered Member

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    Thanks for the help. Any advice on keeping this from happening in the future?

     
  7. Pieter_Arntz

    Pieter_Arntz Spyware Veteran

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