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Hi there, I'm Craig from Preston in the UK.

During googling randomly yesterday my computer was infected by spyware most notably the irritating about:blank homepage reset. I ran AdAware which got rid of a lot of cr@p but this about:blank remains. Having read up on the problem I installed HijackThis and About:Buster.

About:Buster version 5.1 scanned my computer and read the following:


AboutBuster 5.1, reference file 33

Scan started on [12/16/2005] at [10:09:43 AM]


No Ads Found!


No Files Found!




Yet about:blank remains and nothing at all appears to have changed. I have attached a screenshot of the about:blank homepage that I am getting, if I'm not supposed to post pictures I apologise just delete it.

Running HijackThis I got the following log which I was wondering someone could decipher for me? Thank you.


Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1

Scan saved at 10:17:37 AM, on 12/16/2005

Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)

MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:









C:\Program Files\Thomson\SpeedTouch USB\Dragdiag.exe

C:\Program Files\Java\j2re1.4.2_08\bin\jusched.exe

C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe




C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\MsnMsgr.Exe

C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\reader_sl.exe

C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe





C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe


C:\Program Files\WinRAR\WinRAR.exe


R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = res://C:\WINDOWS\bstga.dll/sp.html#90144%

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = res://C:\WINDOWS\bstga.dll/sp.html#90144%

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = about:blank

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = res://C:\WINDOWS\bstga.dll/sp.html#90144%

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = res://C:\WINDOWS\bstga.dll/sp.html#90144%

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = res://C:\WINDOWS\bstga.dll/sp.html#90144%

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = res://C:\WINDOWS\bstga.dll/sp.html#90144%

R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = res://C:\WINDOWS\bstga.dll/sp.html#90144%

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Window Title = Microsoft Internet Explorer provided by Wanadoo

R3 - Default URLSearchHook is missing

O2 - BHO: MySearch Search Assistant BHO - {04079851-5845-4dea-848C-3ECD647AA554} - C:\Program Files\MySearch\SrchAstt\1.bin\MYSRCHAS.DLL

O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll

O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll

O2 - BHO: Class - {E436CD32-AE4D-738A-E06E-D227AC75B577} - C:\WINDOWS\apijj32.dll

O3 - Toolbar: MSN Toolbar - {BDAD1DAD-C946-4A17-ADC1-64B5B4FF55D0} - C:\Program Files\MSN Toolbar\01.01.2607.0\msgr.en-us.en-gb\msntb.dll

O3 - Toolbar: Wanadoo - {8B68564D-53FD-4293-B80C-993A9F3988EE} - C:\PROGRA~1\Wanadoo\WSBar\WSBar.dll

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [msnappau] "C:\Program Files\MSN Apps\Updater\01.02.0002.1001\en-gb\msnappau.exe"

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [speedTouch USB Diagnostics] "C:\Program Files\Thomson\SpeedTouch USB\Dragdiag.exe" /icon

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [sunJavaUpdateSched] C:\Program Files\Java\j2re1.4.2_08\bin\jusched.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [iTunesHelper] "C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe"

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ntlc.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ntlc.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [7.tmp] C:\DOCUME~1\CRAIGB~1\LOCALS~1\Temp\7.tmp.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [8.tmp] C:\DOCUME~1\CRAIGB~1\LOCALS~1\Temp\8.tmp.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [spyFighterMonitor] "C:\Program Files\SpyFighter\SpyFighter.exe" monitor

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [spyFighterUpdate] "C:\Program Files\SpyFighter\AutoUpdate.exe" silent

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [7.tmp.exe] C:\DOCUME~1\CRAIGB~1\LOCALS~1\Temp\7.tmp.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [8.tmp.exe] C:\DOCUME~1\CRAIGB~1\LOCALS~1\Temp\8.tmp.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [crcr.exe] C:\WINDOWS\crcr.exe

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MsnMsgr] "C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\MsnMsgr.Exe" /background

O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Reader Speed Launch.lnk = C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\reader_sl.exe

O4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Office.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA9.EXE

O8 - Extra context menu item: &Search - http://bar.mywebsearch.com/menusearch.html...GB_ZSzeb029XXGB

O8 - Extra context menu item: Search with Wanadoo - res://C:\PROGRA~1\Wanadoo\WSBar\WSBar.dll/VSearch.htm

O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\j2re1.4.2_08\bin\npjpi142_08.dll

O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\j2re1.4.2_08\bin\npjpi142_08.dll

O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe (file missing)

O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe (file missing)

O14 - IERESET.INF: START_PAGE_URL=http://www.wanadoo.co.uk

O16 - DPF: {17492023-C23A-453E-A040-C7C580BBF700} (Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool) - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=39204

O16 - DPF: {238F6F83-B8B4-11CF-8771-00A024541EE3} (Citrix ICA Client) - http://www.uclan.ac.uk/other/iss/remote/wficat.cab

O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{3EEAE2C5-D22F-4520-A80D-241E0917D5B7}: NameServer =

O18 - Protocol: msnim - {828030A1-22C1-4009-854F-8E305202313F} - "C:\PROGRA~1\MSNMES~1\msgrapp.dll" (file missing)

O23 - Service: Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Helper ( 11F



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Please download ewido security suite it is a trial version of the program.

  • Install ewido security suite
  • When installing, under "Additional Options" uncheck "Install background guard" and "Install scan via context menu".
  • Launch ewido, there should be an icon on your desktop double-click it.
  • The program will now go to the main screen

You will need to update ewido to the latest definition files.

  • On the left hand side of the main screen click update
  • Then click on Start Update

The update will start and a progress bar will show the updates being installed.

If you are having problems with the updater, you can use this link to manually update ewido.

ewido manual updates

Boot into safemode to do this keep tapping F8 on your keyboard while your PC is starting up you will get a menu select safemode.

Open Ewido again

  • Click on scanner
  • Click on Complete System Scan and the scan will begin.
  • While the scan is in progress you will be prompted to clean files, click OK
  • When it asks if you want to clean the first file, put a check in the lower left corner of the box that says "Perform action on all infections" then choose clean and click OK.
  • Once the scan has completed, there will be a button located on the bottom of the screen named Save report
  • Click Save report.
  • Save the report .txt file to your desktop.

Now close ewido security suite.

Reboot and Post the report Ewido made and a new Hijackthis log here in a reply.

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