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I have had some excellent help from this forum before.

 

Have just bought a new computer a matter of days ago, Acer Aspire E17 running Windows 8. It is now infected with a persistently annoying virus that redirects every Google search to something called Google Custom Search, A Malwarebytes scan has picked up nothing. From my reading on this around the web, this seems to be dug deeply into the rootkit.

 

At the same time as this appeared, Firefox homepage was being taken over and redirected to something called YourTV.A. Malwarebytes did pick up on this and remove this on a second scan but has not rooted out the Google Custom Search hack.

 

Am appealing to the community for someone to either direct me to a page that offers some help for this or else someone to tell me what to do to sort this

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Hello,

    

 

They call me TwinHeadedEagle around here, and I'll try to help your with your issue.

 

     

    

Before we start please read and note the following:

  • We're primarily oriented on malware removal here, so you must know that some issues just cannot be solved and you must be prepared for this. Some tools we use here will remove your browser search history, so backup your important links and all the files whose loss is unacceptable.
  • Limit your internet access to posting here, some infections just wait to steal typed-in passwords.
  • Please be patient. I know it is frustrating when your PC isn't working properly, but malware removal takes time. Keep in mind that private life gets in the way too. Note that we may live in totally different time zones, what may cause some delays between answers.
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  • Always execute my instructions in given order. If for some reason you cannot completely follow one instruction, inform me about that.
  • Do not ask for help for your business PC. Companies are making revenue via computers, so it is good thing to pay someone to repair it.
  • If I don't hear from you within 3 days from this initial or any subsequent post, then this thread will be closed.
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Please download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to your desktop.

Note: You need to run the version compatibale with your system. If you are not sure which version applies to your system download both of them and try to run them.

Only one of them will run on your system, that will be the right version.

  • Double-click to run it. When the tool opens click Yes to disclaimer.
  • Press Scan button.
  • It will make a log (FRST.txt) in the same directory the tool is run. Please attach it to your reply.
  • The first time the tool is run, it makes also another log (Addition.txt). Please attach it to your reply.
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FRST.gif Fix with Farbar Recovery Scan Tool

icon_exclaim.gif This fix was created for this user for use on that particular machine. icon_exclaim.gif

icon_exclaim.gif Running it on another one may cause damage and render the system unstable. icon_exclaim.gif

Download attached fixlist.txt file and save it to the Desktop:

Both files, FRST and fixlist.txt have to be in the same location or the fix will not work!

  • Right-click on FRST.gif icon and select RunAsAdmin.jpg Run as Administrator to start the tool.

    (XP users click run after receipt of Windows Security Warning - Open File).

  • Press the Fix button just once and wait.
  • If for some reason the tool needs a restart, please make sure you let the system restart normally. After that let the tool complete its run.
  • When finished FRST will generate a log on the Desktop, called Fixlog.txt.
Please attach it to your reply.

fixlist.txt

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Scan completed as requested. I am not sure if this is the end of the process or there are further steps. What I will say is that following the reboot, my homepage is no longer being hijacked but every search i make the google search bar on Firefox or by right-clicking on the context menu is still going to Google Custom Search "http://www.google.com/cse?cx=partner-pub"followed by a string of numbers and letters.

 

Also the file called Fixlog.txt was not located on the Desktop at the end of the operation but in the folder where the program was run from. I have attached that file here. If it is not working correctly you will need to let me know what to do next,

Fixlog.txt

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I am sorry but the problem is persisting. Firefox is reinstalled. As above, the problem with the home page redirect is gone but every search that I do via Google toolbar or via context menu is still redirecting me to the Custom Google Search, which is the problem I was trying to eliminate in the first place. What do I do now?

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51a46ae42d560-malwarebytes_anti_malware. Scan with Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

Please re-run 51a46ae42d560-malwarebytes_anti_malware. Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware.

  • First of all, select update.
  • Once updated, click the Settings tab, in the left panel choose Detection & Protection and tick Scan for rootkits.
  • Click the Scan tab, choose Threat Scan is checked and click Scan Now.
  • If threats are detected, click the Apply Actions button. You will now be prompted to reboot. Click Yes.
  • Upon completion of the scan (or after the reboot), click the History tab.
  • Click Application Logs and double-click the newest Scan Log.
  • At the bottom click Export and choose Text file.
Save the file to your desktop and include its content in your next reply.

FRST.gif Scan with Farbar Recovery Scan Tool

Please re-run Farbar Recovery Scan Tool to give me a fresh look at your system.

  • Right-click on FRST.gif icon and select RunAsAdmin.jpg Run as Administrator to start the tool.

    (XP users click run after receipt of Windows Security Warning - Open File).

  • Make sure that Addition option is checked.
  • Press Scan button and wait.
  • The tool will produce two logfiles on your desktop: FRST.txt and Addition.txt.
Please include their content into your next reply.
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adwcleaner_new.png Fix with AdwCleaner

Please download AdwCleaner by Xplode and save the file to your Desktop.

  • Right-click on adwcleaner_new.png icon and select RunAsAdmin.jpg Run as Administrator to start the tool.
  • Wait until the database is updated.
  • Accept the Terms of use and click Scan.
  • When finished, please click Clean.
  • Upon completion, click Report. A log (AdwCleaner[s*].txt) will open.
Please include the contents of that file in your reply.

Note: Reports will be saved in your system partition, usually at C:\Adwcleaner

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Scan completed. However, the Google Custom Search redirects problem still persists and nothing has changed there.

 

The adwcleaner has removed something called the Pokki menu, which I am not sure is malware. It just came with the computer when I took it from the box only last week and seemed to come installed by Acer.

 

What do I do next?

AdwCleanerS0.txt

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One thing that does occur to me is maybe this problem located somewhere in the Firefox Uninstall. The one thing I noted is that Firefox will allow you do to do an uninstall, which i did via the Control Panel. However, you can no longer use this to delete all the settings. Everything was still there from saved passwords, browsing history and bookmarks when the new version went in. Is maybe this custom search problem located somewhere amid these files?

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- Uninstall Firefox (Programs and Features)

Then

Click Start, copy in search %appdata%\ Then delete folder Mozilla
Click Start, copy in search %LOCALAPPDATA%\ delete folder Mozilla

Then delete following folders:

C:\Program Files (x86)\mozilla firefox
C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Maintenance Service


Restart your PC.
Then install Firefox again.

https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

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