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Re: urlseek
« Reply #30 on: August 17, 2012, 12:48:07 AM »
Here is the file. ;)
I tried a few links from within emails that normally have sent me to the dreaded urlseek links, and instead they actually went to the websites intended. (yay!) I hoipe this means it is GONE..
Anything else you'd like for me to check?



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Re: urlseek
« Reply #31 on: August 17, 2012, 04:05:21 PM »

Providing there are no other malware related problems...


This infection appears to have been cleaned, but I can not give you any absolute guarantees.  As a precaution, I would go ahead and change all of your passwords as this is especially important after an infection.

The following will implement some cleanup procedures as well as reset System Restore points:

Click Start > Run  and copy/paste the following text into the Run box as shown and click OK.
  Combofix /Uninstall
  (Note: There is a space between the ..X and the /U that needs to be there.)


Clean up with OTL:
  • Right-click and Run as Administrator OTL.exe to start the program.
  • Close all other programs apart from OTL as this step will require a reboot
  • On the OTL main screen, press the CLEANUP button
  • Say Yes to the prompt and then allow the program to reboot your computer.

Any of the logs that you created for use in the forums or remaining tools that have not yet been removed can be deleted so they aren't cluttering up your desktop.
If you didn't already have it I would keep Malwarebytes AntiMalware though.

Here are some tips to reduce the potential for spyware infection in the future:

1. Internet Explorer.  Even if you don't use it as your main browser it should be kept up-to-date because that is the browser Windows uses for updates.
Make your Internet Explorer more secure
- This can be done by following these simple instructions:
  • From within Internet Explorer click on the Tools menu and then click on Options.
  • Click once on the Security tab
  • Click once on the Internet icon so it becomes highlighted.
  • Click once on the Custom Level button.
  • Change the Download signed ActiveX controls to Prompt
  • Change the Download unsigned ActiveX controls to Disable
  • Change the Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe to Disable
  • Change the Installation of desktop items to Prompt
  • Change the Launching programs and files in an IFRAME to Prompt
  • Change the Navigate sub-frames across different domains to Prompt
  • When all these settings have been made, click on the OK button.
  • If it prompts you as to whether or not you want to save the settings, press the Yes button.
  • Next press the Apply button and then the OK to exit the Internet Properties page.
2. Enable Protected Mode in Internet Explorer.  This helps Windows Vista users stay more protected from attack by running Internet Explorer with restricted privileges as well as reducing the ability to write, alter or destroy data on your system or install malicious code.  To make sure this is running follow these steps:
  • Open Internet Explorer
  • Click on Tools > Internet Options
  • Press Security tab
  • Select Internet zone then place check next to Enable Protected Mode if not already done
  • Do the same for Local Intranet, Trusted Sites and Restricted Sites and then press Apply
  • Restart Internet Explorer and in the bottom right corner of your screen you will see Protected Mode: On showing you it is enabled.
3. Use and update an anti-virus software - I can not overemphasize the need for you to use and update your anti-virus application on a regular basis.  With the ever increasing number of new variants of malware arriving on the scene daily, you become very susceptible to an attack without updated protection.

4. Firewall
Using a third-party firewall will allow you to give/deny access for applications that want to go online. Without a firewall your computer is susceptible to being hacked and taken over. Simply using a firewall in its default configuration can lower your risk greatly.  I would personally only recommend using one of the following two below:
Online Armor Free
Agnitum Outpost Firewall Free

5. Make sure you keep your Windows OS currentWindows XP users can visit Windows update   regularly to download and install any critical updates and service packs. Windows Vista/7 users can open the Start menu > All Programs > Windows Update > Check for Updates (in left hand task pane) to update these systems.  Without these you are leaving the back door open.

6. WOT (Web of Trust) As "Googling" is such an integral part of internet life, this free browser add on warns you about risky websites that try to scam visitors, deliver malware or send spam. It is especially helpful when browsing or searching in unfamiliar territory. WOT's color-coded icons show you ratings for 21 million websites, helping you avoid the dangerous sites.  WOT has an add-on available for Firefox, Internet Explorer as well as Google Chrome.

7.Finally, I strongly recommend that you read TonyKlein's good advice So how did I get infected in the first place?
Please reply to this thread once more if you are satisfied so that we can mark the problem as resolved.

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Re: urlseek
« Reply #32 on: August 17, 2012, 05:13:15 PM »
hey i would also recommend you remove any program you use from the company iobit because those people can't be trusted any more. they have been steeling information from malwarebyte antimalware.

read this:
Windows 8.1 amd a10-5700 64 bit
12 GB ram 1 tb hard drive. Avast 18, MBAM


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Re: urlseek
« Reply #33 on: August 18, 2012, 03:02:18 PM »
OK. We'll have to keep this open, unfortunately.
After I uninstalled Combofix and OTL, and rebooted, I clicked on Firefox to visit the forum to tell you "Thank You", and guess where I ended up instead of my homepage? Yep, some Grrr...

So, what's next, my dear?



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Re: urlseek
« Reply #34 on: August 18, 2012, 10:28:30 PM »
Wanted to make sure you are aware that my problem is not resolved...
Which scans should I try running? I had already uninstalled OTL, and Combofix... was not able to uninstall the renamed ComboFix ( if you recall). I've run both another MBAM and Avast full system scan and nothing came up.. I'm re-installing OTL, and will attach that text along with the MBAM log in my next reply.
I am correct that urlseek and nginx are MALWARE, right? These aren't just random errors/misdirects are they? I'm not wasting anyone's time trying to get rid of these, am I? They seem to be very difficult to completely remove... :( :'(



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Re: urlseek
« Reply #35 on: August 18, 2012, 10:36:41 PM »
I am correct that urlseek and nginx are MALWARE, right?
Yes they are malware...and quite frustrating ones as well.  You said that you had downloaded OTL again??  Please run a Quick Scan with that and attach the new file.


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Re: urlseek
« Reply #36 on: August 18, 2012, 11:35:31 PM »
I ran a scan...


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Re: urlseek
« Reply #37 on: August 19, 2012, 12:29:42 AM »
Here's the Extras.txt


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Re: urlseek
« Reply #38 on: August 19, 2012, 05:40:09 AM »
Run OTL.exe
  • Copy/paste the following text written inside of the quote box into the Custom Scans/Fixes box located at the bottom of OTL



    PRC - [2012/07/27 19:57:30 | 004,837,248 | ---- | M] (IObit) -- C:\Program Files\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 5\ASC.exe
    PRC - [2012/05/28 15:56:36 | 000,288,128 | ---- | M] (IObit) -- C:\Program Files\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 5\ASCTray.exe
    PRC - [2012/05/26 12:04:52 | 000,913,792 | ---- | M] (IObit) -- C:\Program Files\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 5\ASCService.exe
    MOD - [2012/05/24 10:46:52 | 000,599,936 | ---- | M] () -- C:\Program Files\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 5\DiskMap.dll
    MOD - [2012/05/24 10:46:44 | 008,902,016 | ---- | M] () -- C:\Program Files\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 5\WebUI.dll
    MOD - [2012/05/24 10:46:34 | 000,564,752 | ---- | M] () -- C:\Program Files\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 5\sqlite3.dll
    MOD - [2012/05/24 10:46:12 | 000,058,752 | ---- | M] () -- C:\Program Files\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 5\NtfsData.dll
    MOD - [2012/05/24 10:45:42 | 000,138,112 | ---- | M] () -- C:\Program Files\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 5\ASCv5ExtMenu.dll
    MOD - [2011/04/21 16:54:40 | 000,347,024 | ---- | M] () -- C:\Program Files\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 5\madexcept_.bpl
    MOD - [2011/04/21 16:54:40 | 000,179,088 | ---- | M] () -- C:\Program Files\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 5\madbasic_.bpl
    MOD - [2011/04/21 16:54:40 | 000,046,480 | ---- | M] () -- C:\Program Files\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 5\maddisAsm_.bpl
    SRV - [2012/05/26 12:04:52 | 000,913,792 | ---- | M] (IObit) [Auto | Running] -- C:\Program Files\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 5\ASCService.exe -- (AdvancedSystemCareService5)
    IE - HKLM\..\SearchScopes\{9bd172ba-3f40-4303-bca1-0484b5ba2a7b}: "URL" ={searchTerms}
    IE - HKU\S-1-5-21-3045708588-2119644354-3407544181-1001\..\URLSearchHook: {c3d3840c-12ea-4461-a61d-190555fecc82} - No CLSID value found
    IE - HKU\S-1-5-21-3045708588-2119644354-3407544181-1001\..\SearchScopes\{3BD44F0E-0596-4008-AEE0-45D47E3A8F0E}: "URL" ={searchTerms}&ei=UTF-8
    IE - HKU\S-1-5-21-3045708588-2119644354-3407544181-1001\..\SearchScopes\{9bd172ba-3f40-4303-bca1-0484b5ba2a7b}: "URL" ={searchTerms}
    IE - HKU\S-1-5-21-3045708588-2119644354-3407544181-1001\..\SearchScopes\{CFF4DB9B-135F-47c0-9269-B4C6572FD61A}: "URL" ={searchTerms}&loc=search_box&u=92823040110056790
    [2012/03/29 11:52:52 | 000,001,673 | ---- | M] () -- C:\Users\ehargett\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\j2rcgoi7.default\searchplugins\web-search.xml
    O4 - HKU\S-1-5-21-3045708588-2119644354-3407544181-1001..\Run: [Advanced SystemCare 5] C:\Program Files\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 5\ASCTray.exe (IObit)
    [2012/08/14 10:07:51 | 000,001,191 | ---- | M] () -- C:\Users\Public\Desktop\Advanced SystemCare 5.lnk
    @Alternate Data Stream - 98 bytes -> C:\ProgramData\TEMP:D24FEF9D
    @Alternate Data Stream - 245 bytes -> C:\ProgramData\TEMP:C8AD98B9
    @Alternate Data Stream - 243 bytes -> C:\ProgramData\TEMP:6B940F20
    @Alternate Data Stream - 242 bytes -> C:\ProgramData\TEMP:2E224648
    @Alternate Data Stream - 238 bytes -> C:\ProgramData\TEMP:75B7DDDF
    @Alternate Data Stream - 122 bytes -> C:\ProgramData\TEMP:FC32D4A3
    @Alternate Data Stream - 113 bytes -> C:\ProgramData\TEMP:530B6B9E
    @Alternate Data Stream - 107 bytes -> C:\ProgramData\TEMP:BFAE3D83
    @Alternate Data Stream - 101 bytes -> C:\ProgramData\TEMP:9E395C78

    ipconfig /flushdns /c

    [start explorer]

  • Then click the Run Fix button at the top
  • Let the program run unhindered, reboot when it is done
  • Then run a new scan and post a new OTL log ( don't check the boxes beside LOP Check or Purity this time )


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Re: urlseek
« Reply #39 on: August 19, 2012, 04:53:30 PM »
And here's the new scan results..  :P


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Re: urlseek
« Reply #40 on: August 20, 2012, 12:58:19 AM » is your system running?


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Re: urlseek
« Reply #41 on: August 20, 2012, 07:38:38 PM »
So far, so good.
I'm afraid to reboot though... seems the last time I rebooted and it installed updates it reverted back to redirecting me...



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Re: urlseek
« Reply #42 on: August 21, 2012, 04:52:50 PM »
Quick update on how my computer is running..
SO FAR, not redirects to the urlseek, however, email links are randomly sending me to the nginx/ 404 page not found screen.
Is this malware, also? Or is this some other problem?



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Re: urlseek
« Reply #43 on: August 22, 2012, 07:16:04 PM »

Seems that what you are seeing is a problem on their side with their server.  I don't think it's anything on your system.  :)

Go ahead and reboot your system and let me know how things are running. 


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Re: urlseek
« Reply #44 on: August 22, 2012, 10:17:42 PM »
Everything seems to be running smoothly now, thank you.
When sending me the "how-to" on uninstalling your removal tool, would you mind letting me know how to uninstall the renamed ComboFix ( aka The program may actually be uninstalled and all I need to do is delete the desktop shortcut named "", but I thought I'd ask anyway.

Thank you,