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Old April 23rd, 2012, 04:36 PM
detsi detsi is offline
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Problem returned??

Hi, Jintan helped me out with this problem on March 30th:

http://www.cybertechhelp.com/forums/...d.php?t=218788

My usual browser is Firefox but today I tried to use IE and discovered that the homepage was Ask.com. Could this be a return of the old problem?

I have changed back the IE homepage to default (iGoogle) but Ask.com keeps returning to it.

Thanks.

Last edited by detsi; April 23rd, 2012 at 09:46 PM. Reason: added information
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Old April 24th, 2012, 01:13 AM
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Hello detsi,

Ask (adware/spyware) can be slipped in in quite a few ways, including by a Java update (why a reputable vendor like Java does that, I don't know).

If you don't already have it, download HijackThis from Here. Then click on the downloaded file, install HijackThis, and select Do a system scan and save logfile. Use copy/paste and post that log back here for review.

Also in HijackThis, click Config - Misc Tools - Open Uninstall Manager.

Click on Save List, then save that to a location you can locate again (such as the desktop). Copy/paste the contents of that back here please.
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Old April 24th, 2012, 08:49 AM
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Hi Jintan, thank you for your help. Sorry to have to bother you once again.

See logs as requested.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 08:43:36, on 24/04/2012
Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v9.00 (9.00.8112.16421)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exe
C:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exe
C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE
C:\Windows\RtHDVCpl.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\ConfigFree\NDSTray.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\Power Saver\TPwrMain.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\FlashCards\TCrdMain.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Gmail Notifier\gnotify.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\msseces.exe
C:\Program Files\Secunia\PSI\psi_tray.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static\MOM.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static\CCC.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\ConfigFree\CFSwMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Trusteer\Rapport\bin\RapportService.exe
C:\Windows\system32\Macromed\Flash\FlashUtil32_11_ 2_202_233_ActiveX.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\plugin-container.exe
C:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe
C:\Windows\system32\SearchFilterHost.exe

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar,LinksFolderName =
O1 - Hosts: ::1 localhost
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHelperStub - {18DF081C-E8AD-4283-A596-FA578C2EBDC3} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelperShim.dll
O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Helper - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - C:\Program Files\Google\Google Toolbar\GoogleToolbar_32.dll
O2 - BHO: Java(tm) Plug-In 2 SSV Helper - {DBC80044-A445-435b-BC74-9C25C1C588A9} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jp2ssv.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Google Toolbar - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - C:\Program Files\Google\Google Toolbar\GoogleToolbar_32.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [StartCCC] "C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static\CLIStart.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [RtHDVCpl] RtHDVCpl.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NDSTray.exe] NDSTray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [cfFncEnabler.exe] cfFncEnabler.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Camera Assistant Software] "C:\Program Files\Camera Assistant Software for Toshiba\traybar.exe" /start
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TPwrMain] %ProgramFiles%\TOSHIBA\Power Saver\TPwrMain.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [00TCrdMain] %ProgramFiles%\TOSHIBA\FlashCards\TCrdMain.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [{0228e555-4f9c-4e35-a3ec-b109a192b4c2}] C:\Program Files\Google\Gmail Notifier\gnotify.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MSC] "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\msseces.exe" -hide -runkey
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Adobe ARM] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\AdobeARM.exe"
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\Sidebar.exe /detectMem (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\Run: [WindowsWelcomeCenter] rundll32.exe oobefldr.dll,ShowWelcomeCenter (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-20\..\Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\Sidebar.exe /detectMem (User 'NETWORK SERVICE')
O4 - .DEFAULT User Startup: TRDCReminder.lnk = C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\TRDCReminder\TRDCReminder.exe (User 'Default user')
O4 - Global Startup: Secunia PSI Tray.lnk = C:\Program Files\Secunia\PSI\psi_tray.exe
O8 - Extra context menu item: Add to Google Photos Screensa&ver - res://C:\Windows\system32\GPhotos.scr/200
O8 - Extra context menu item: Google Sidewiki... - res://C:\Program Files\Google\Google Toolbar\Component\GoogleToolbarDynamic_mui_en_89D8 574934B26AC4.dll/cmsidewiki.html
O9 - Extra button: eBay.co.uk - Buy It Sell It Love It - {76577871-04EC-495E-A12B-91F7C3600AFA} - http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-44557-9400-3/4 (file missing)
O9 - Extra button: Amazon.co.uk - {8A918C1D-E123-4E36-B562-5C1519E434CE} - http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/...k-21&site=home (file missing)
O11 - Options group: [ACCELERATED_GRAPHICS] Accelerated graphics
O20 - AppInit_DLLs: C:\PROGRA~1\Google\GOOGLE~1\GoogleDesktopNetwork3. dll C:\PROGRA~1\Google\GOOGLE~1\GoogleDesktopNetwork3. dll
O23 - Service: Adobe Acrobat Update Service (AdobeARMservice) - Adobe Systems Incorporated - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\armsvc.exe
O23 - Service: Adobe Flash Player Update Service (AdobeFlashPlayerUpdateSvc) - Adobe Systems Incorporated - C:\Windows\system32\Macromed\Flash\FlashPlayerUpda teService.exe
O23 - Service: Agere Modem Call Progress Audio (AgereModemAudio) - Agere Systems - C:\Windows\system32\agrsmsvc.exe
O23 - Service: Apple Mobile Device - Apple Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
O23 - Service: Ati External Event Utility - ATI Technologies Inc. - C:\Windows\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
O23 - Service: ConfigFree Service - TOSHIBA CORPORATION - C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\ConfigFree\CFSvcs.exe
O23 - Service: FsUsbExService - Teruten - C:\Windows\system32\FsUsbExService.Exe
O23 - Service: Google Desktop Manager 5.9.1005.12335 (GoogleDesktopManager-051210-111108) - Google - C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktop.exe
O23 - Service: Google Update Service (gupdate) (gupdate) - Google Inc. - C:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe
O23 - Service: Google Update Service (gupdatem) (gupdatem) - Google Inc. - C:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe
O23 - Service: Google Software Updater (gusvc) - Google - C:\Program Files\Google\Common\Google Updater\GoogleUpdaterService.exe
O23 - Service: Jumpstart Wifi Protected Setup (jswpsapi) - Atheros Communications, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Jumpstart\jswpsapi.exe
O23 - Service: Rapport Management Service (RapportMgmtService) - Trusteer Ltd. - C:\Program Files\Trusteer\Rapport\bin\RapportMgmtService.exe
O23 - Service: Secunia PSI Agent - Secunia - C:\Program Files\Secunia\PSI\PSIA.exe
O23 - Service: Secunia Update Agent - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\Secunia\PSI\sua.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: SmartFaceVWatchSrv - Toshiba - C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\SmartFaceV\SmartFaceVWatchSrv.exe
O23 - Service: Notebook Performance Tuning Service (TEMPRO) (TemproMonitoringService) - Toshiba Europe GmbH - C:\Program Files\Toshiba TEMPRO\TemproSvc.exe
O23 - Service: TOSHIBA Navi Support Service (TNaviSrv) - TOSHIBA Corporation - C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\TOSHIBA DVD PLAYER\TNaviSrv.exe
O23 - Service: TOSHIBA Optical Disc Drive Service (TODDSrv) - TOSHIBA Corporation - C:\Windows\system32\TODDSrv.exe
O23 - Service: TOSHIBA Power Saver (TosCoSrv) - TOSHIBA Corporation - c:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\Power Saver\TosCoSrv.exe
O23 - Service: TOSHIBA SMART Log Service - TOSHIBA Corporation - c:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\SMARTLogService\TosIPCSrv.exe
O23 - Service: Ulead Burning Helper (UleadBurningHelper) - Ulead Systems, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Ulead Systems\DVD\ULCDRSvr.exe

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End of file - 7166 bytes
Adobe AIR
Adobe AIR
Adobe Flash Player 11 ActiveX
Adobe Flash Player 11 Plugin
Adobe Reader X (10.1.3)
Apple Application Support
Apple Mobile Device Support
Apple Software Update
Atheros Driver Installation Program
Atheros Wi-Fi Protected Setup Library
Camera Assistant Software for Toshiba
Catalyst Control Center - Branding
CCleaner
CD/DVD Drive Acoustic Silencer
DVD MovieFactory for TOSHIBA
Google Desktop
Google Gmail Notifier
Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer
Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer
Google Update Helper
HijackThis 2.0.2
Hotfix for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (KB953595)
Hotfix for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (KB958484)
Internet Explorer (Enable DEP)
Java(TM) 6 Update 31
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware version 1.61.0.1400
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile
Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile
Microsoft Antimalware
Microsoft Fix it Center
Microsoft Office XP Media Content
Microsoft Security Client
Microsoft Security Essentials
Microsoft Silverlight
Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 ATL Update kb973923 - x86 8.0.50727.4053
Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - KB2467174 - x86 9.0.30729.5570
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x86 9.0.21022.218
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x86 9.0.30729.6161
Mozilla Firefox 10.0.3 (x86 en-US)
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB941833)
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB954430)
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB973688)
OpenOffice.org 3.3
Picasa 3
QuickTime
Rapport
Rapport
Realtek 8169 8168 8101E 8102E Ethernet Driver
Realtek High Definition Audio Driver
Realtek USB 2.0 Card Reader
Recuva
Samsung New PC Studio
Samsung New PC Studio
Samsung PC Studio 3 USB Driver Installer
SAMSUNG USB Driver for Mobile Phones
Scrabble
Secunia PSI (2.0.0.3001)
Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (KB2657424)
Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile (KB2446708)
Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile (KB2478663)
Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile (KB2518870)
Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile (KB2539636)
Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile (KB2572078)
Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile (KB2633870)
Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile (KB2656351)
Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile (KB2656368)
Security Update for Windows Media Encoder (KB2447961)
Security Update for Windows Media Encoder (KB954156)
Security Update for Windows Media Encoder (KB979332)
Spelling Dictionaries Support For Adobe Reader 9
SpywareBlaster 4.6
Synaptics Pointing Device Driver
TOSHIBA Assist
TOSHIBA ConfigFree
TOSHIBA Disc Creator
TOSHIBA DVD PLAYER
TOSHIBA Extended Tiles for Windows Mobility Center
TOSHIBA Face Recognition
TOSHIBA Face Recognition
TOSHIBA Hardware Setup
TOSHIBA Manuals
Toshiba Online Product Information
TOSHIBA Recovery Disc Creator
TOSHIBA Software Modem
TOSHIBA Supervisor Password
Toshiba TEMPRO
TOSHIBA Value Added Package
TRDCReminder
TRORDCLauncher
Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (KB963707)
Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile (KB2468871)
Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile (KB2533523)
Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile (KB2600217)
VC 9.0 Runtime
Windows Media Encoder 9 Series
Windows Media Encoder 9 Series
Windows Media Player Firefox Plugin
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Old April 24th, 2012, 12:56 PM
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Hi Jintan. The iGoogle homepage has remained in IE. Ask.com does not now show in >Start>Search where it was previously showing. So, things might be OK.
Just letting you know in case you have more urgent posts to deal with.
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Old April 25th, 2012, 12:30 AM
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HijackThis rely only affords a very limited view, but yes, no Ask in these views.

Since the info shows here, one item is Firefox's use of that plugin-container.exe, which still proves to be an excessive resource user at time. If you notice lag or other issues when running Firefox, and Task manager shows that plugin-container.exe running, you can follow the steps here to disable it.

You do have a lot of Google software installed, and especially that GoogleDesktop. In fact, it loads in such a way that what appears to be some Goog networking function can be loading into any other processes dureing startup:

O20 - AppInit_DLLs: C:\PROGRA~1\Google\GOOGLE~1\GoogleDesktopNetwork3. dll C:\PROGRA~1\Google\GOOGLE~1\GoogleDesktopNetwork3. dll

If you do not use Google Desktop, or have some need to do Goog searches from the desktop, you may want to just uninstall it.

And you have "Internet Explorer (Enable DEP)" installed. In checking this MS page on that:

Quote:
"Software DEP" is unfortunately really not DEP at all. "Software DEP" is just another name for /SAFESEH [MSDN link]. Unfortunately, /SAFESEH is not an effective mitigation for this vulnerability. Only hardware-enforced DEP disrupts exploits attempting to abuse this vulnerability.
It has been causing problems in other threads I have helped on, and that info suggests it really is not some barrier to any of the worst intended deeds that might come our way. May want to uninstall it as well.
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Old April 25th, 2012, 09:56 AM
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Hi Jintan,once again thank you for your advice and helpful suggestions. I have uninstalled Google Desktop (never used it) and IE (Enable DEP). Can I also uninstall Google Toolbar? something else I've never used.
Lately I have noticed some juddering while streaming videos. Could this be to do with the Firefox plugin-container. exe? I am unable to find it following the link to the registry. All that is listed with dom.ipc plugins are:
java enabled--------false
ParentTimeoutSecs-0
ProcessLaunchSecs-45
timeout Secs--------45
so I cannot disable it, nor does it appear to be running in Task Manager.
This is not a big issue, Jintan. I 'm sure that you have bigger fish to fry

Last edited by detsi; April 25th, 2012 at 04:26 PM. Reason: added information.
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Old April 26th, 2012, 01:12 AM
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Yeah, I see now that the newer Firefox version changed everything. Try this:

Type about:config in the address bar and press Enter.
Press the big button to bypass the warning.
In the Filter bar, paste dom.ipc.plugins.enabled
In the lower pane, double-click dom.ipc.plugins.enabled to set its value to false.

(From a poster here).
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Old April 26th, 2012, 08:43 AM
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All sorted. Thank you, again, Jintan.
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Old April 27th, 2012, 12:19 AM
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Anything else I can help with there?
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Old April 27th, 2012, 07:52 AM
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Quote:
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Anything else I can help with there?
No, everything's fine, Jintan. As always, your expertise is very much appreciated
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Old April 28th, 2012, 12:01 AM
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Very good. You can go ahead and leave HijackThis installed, should you need it here in the future.
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