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Somehow got hijacked and now "dosearchers" has become my internet browser.


OS = windows XP


I have already deleted the program, have managed my internet search engines, done a Malwarebytes scan, AVG scan, rebooted computer and still when opening Internet Explorer, the Dosearchers.com comes up as my internet browser.


Any help in getting my system back to normal would be appreciated.





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Lets clean out any adware now: (this will require a reboot so save all your work)

Please download AdwCleaner by Xplode and save to your Desktop.

  • Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool.
    Vista/Windows 7/8 users right-click and select Run As Administrator
  • Click on the Scan button.
  • AdwCleaner will begin...be patient as the scan may take some time to complete.
  • When it's done you'll see: Pending: Please uncheck elements you don't want removed.
  • Now click on the Report button...a logfile (AdwCleaner[R0].txt) will open in Notepad for review.
  • Look over the log especially under Files/Folders for any program you want to save.
  • If there's a program you may want to save, just uncheck it from AdwCleaner.
  • If you're not sure, post the log for review. (all items found are adware/spyware/foistware)
  • If you're ready to clean it all up.....click the Clean button.
  • After rebooting, a logfile report (AdwCleaner[s0].txt) will open automatically.
  • Copy and paste the contents of that logfile in your next reply.
  • A copy of that logfile will also be saved in the C:\AdwCleaner folder.
  • Items that are deleted are moved to the Quarantine Folder: C:\AdwCleaner\Quarantine
  • To restore an item that has been deleted:
  • Go to Tools > Quarantine Manager > check what you want restored > now click on Restore.


Open up Malwarebytes > Settings Tab > Scanner Settings > Under action for PUP > Select: Show in Results List and Check for removal.

Please Update and run a Quick Scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, post the report.

Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.

Check these settings:

Right-click your browser’s shortcut. Choose Properties. Go to Shortcut tab and navigate to Target line. There should be only your browser’s directory in the Targetline:
Internet Explorer – C:Program Files Internet Explorer iexplore.exe
Mozilla Firefox –C:Program FilesMozilla Firefoxfirefox.exe
Google Chrome – C:Program FilesGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe

Please let me know how computer is running now, MrC

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Following is Adcleaner results

Following is Malwarebytes scan results

My shortcut to internet is set correctly (was that way, did not change anything).



# AdwCleaner v3.010 - Report created 21/10/2013 at 08:02:34
# Updated 20/10/2013 by Xplode
# Operating System : Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 (32 bits)
# Username : Jeff C - JEFF2
# Running from : C:\Documents and Settings\Jeff C\Desktop\AdwCleaner.exe
# Option : Clean

***** [ Services ] *****

***** [ Files / Folders ] *****

Folder Deleted : C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\eSafe
Folder Deleted : C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Premium
Folder Deleted : C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\DownloadnSave
Folder Deleted : C:\DOCUME~1\JEFFC~1\LOCALS~1\Temp\eIntaller
Folder Deleted : C:\Documents and Settings\Jeff C\Application Data\SendSpace

***** [ Shortcuts ] *****

Shortcut Disinfected : C:\Documents and Settings\Jeff C\Desktop\Launch Internet Explorer Browser.lnk
Shortcut Disinfected : C:\Documents and Settings\Jeff C\Start Menu\Programs\Internet Explorer.lnk
Shortcut Disinfected : C:\Documents and Settings\Jeff C\Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools\System Tools\Internet Explorer (No Add-ons).lnk
Shortcut Disinfected : C:\Documents and Settings\Jeff C\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories\System Tools\Internet Explorer (No Add-ons).lnk
Shortcut Disinfected : C:\Documents and Settings\Jeff C\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Launch Internet Explorer Browser.lnk

***** [ Registry ] *****

Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome\Extensions\ndibdjnfmopecpmkdieinmbadjfpblof
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\bhoclass.bho.bhoclass.bho
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\bhoclass.bho.bhoclass.bho.1.0
Key Deleted : HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Eventlog\Application\WsysSvc
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{AE07101B-46D4-4A98-AF68-0333EA26E113}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{D2F39980-399F-492E-8D88-5FF7CCB3B47F}
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{AE07101B-46D4-4A98-AF68-0333EA26E113}
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{006EE092-9658-4FD6-BD8E-A21A348E59F5}
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{33BB0A4E-99AF-4226-BDF6-49120163DE86}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{006EE092-9658-4FD6-BD8E-A21A348E59F5}
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{33BB0A4E-99AF-4226-BDF6-49120163DE86}
Value Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar [{AE07101B-46D4-4A98-AF68-0333EA26E113}]
Data Restored : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\IEXPLORE.EXE\shell\open\command
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\APN PIP
Key Deleted : HKCU\Software\smartbar
Key Deleted : HKLM\Software\AVG Secure Search
Key Deleted : HKLM\Software\AVG Security Toolbar
Key Deleted : HKLM\Software\eSafeSecControl
Key Deleted : HKLM\Software\PIP
Key Deleted : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Management\ARPCache\WSysControl

***** [ Browsers ] *****

-\\ Internet Explorer v8.0.6001.18702

Setting Restored : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search [searchAssistant]
Setting Restored : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search [CustomizeSearch]
Setting Restored : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchUrl [Default]
Setting Restored : HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchUrl [Default]

-\\ Mozilla Firefox v

[ File : C:\Documents and Settings\Jeff C\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\w71w8tnp.default\prefs.js ]


AdwCleaner[R0].txt - [5522 octets] - [21/10/2013 07:42:50]
AdwCleaner[s0].txt - [3646 octets] - [21/10/2013 08:02:34]

########## EOF - C:\AdwCleaner\AdwCleaner[s0].txt - [3706 octets] ##########





Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Database version: v2013.10.21.05

Windows XP Service Pack 3 x86 NTFS
Internet Explorer 8.0.6001.18702
Jeff C :: JEFF2 [administrator]

10/21/2013 8:12:15 AM
mbam-log-2013-10-21 (08-12-15).txt

Scan type: Quick scan
Scan options enabled: Memory | Registry | File System | Heuristics/Extra | Heuristics/Shuriken | PUP | PUM
Scan options disabled: Startup | P2P
Objects scanned: 242167
Time elapsed: 9 minute(s), 26 second(s)

Memory Processes Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Files Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)


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Lets check your computers security before you go and we have a little cleanup to do also:

Download Security Check by screen317 from HERE or HERE.

  • Save it to your Desktop.
  • Double click SecurityCheck.exe and follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box.
  • If you get Unsupported operating system. Aborting now, just reboot and try again.
  • A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt.
  • Please Post the contents of that document.
  • Do Not Attach It!!!
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 Results of screen317's Security Check version 0.99.74 
 Windows XP Service Pack 3 x86  
 Internet Explorer 8 
``````````````Antivirus/Firewall Check:``````````````
 Windows Security Center service is not running! This report may not be accurate!
AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2012  
 Antivirus up to date! 
`````````Anti-malware/Other Utilities Check:`````````
 Malwarebytes Anti-Malware version 
 Java 7 Update 45 
 Java version out of Date!
 Adobe Flash Player  11.9.900.117 
 Adobe Reader 10.1.1 Adobe Reader out of Date! 
````````Process Check: objlist.exe by Laurent```````` 
 Malwarebytes Anti-Malware mbamservice.exe 
 Malwarebytes Anti-Malware mbamgui.exe 
 AVG avgwdsvc.exe
 AVG avgtray.exe
 AVG avgrsx.exe
 AVG avgemc.exe
 Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware mbamscheduler.exe  
`````````````````System Health check`````````````````
 Total Fragmentation on Drive C:: 15% Defragment your hard drive soon! (Do NOT defrag if SSD!)
````````````````````End of Log``````````````````````

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Java 7 Update 45 <----This is OK
Java version out of Date! <----It's OK



Adobe Reader 10.1.1 Adobe Reader out of Date! <---please check for an update if available or uninstall and download and install Foxit Reader which is less vulnerable to malware and much better than Adobe. Don't install any toolbars that may come with it (ASK Toolbar).


A little clean up to do....


Please download OTC to your desktop.

Double-click OTC to run it. (Vista and up users, please right click on OTC and select "Run as an Administrator")
Click on the CleanUp! button and follow the prompts.
(If you get a warning from your firewall or other security programs regarding OTC attempting to contact the Internet, please allow the connection.)
You will be asked to reboot the machine to finish the Cleanup process, choose Yes.
After the reboot all the tools we used should be gone.
Note: Some more recently created tools may not yet be removed by OTC. Feel free to manually delete any tools it leaves behind.

Any other programs or logs you can manually delete.
IE: RogueKiller.exe, RKreport.txt, RK_Quarantine folder, C:\FRST, MBAR, etc....AdwCleaner > just run the program and click uninstall.


Any questions...please post back.

If you think I've helped you, please leave a comment > click on my avatar picture > click Profile Feed.

Take a look at My Preventive Maintenance to avoid being infected again.

Good Luck and Thanks for using the forum, MrC

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