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When I click on links produced by a search engine (yahoo, google, bing), I get redirected to random sites – many times it is just a junk name with a bogus URL – I can’t detect any pattern to it. The problem happens when using Internet Explorer and Firefox. I’m also running Zone Alarm which identified a rogue program alc23.exe trying to access the internet. I quickly blocked the file from access, but I couldn’t locate it even when doing a command line file search. That’s when I downloaded Malwarebytes, hoping it would find the problem.

I ran the full scan, but it didn’t find anything. Following is the log it produced.

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.40

Database version: 2591

Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

8/10/2009 2:48:38 PM

mbam-log-2009-08-10 (14-48-38).txt

Scan type: Full Scan (C:\|)

Objects scanned: 149892

Time elapsed: 50 minute(s), 42 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0

Memory Modules Infected: 0

Registry Keys Infected: 0

Registry Values Infected: 0

Registry Data Items Infected: 0

Folders Infected: 0

Files Infected: 0

Memory Processes Infected:

(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:

(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:

(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:

(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:

(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:

(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:

(No malicious items detected)

Hijackthis log:
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 4:58:09 PM, on 8/10/2009Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16791)Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Keymaestro\Multimedia Keyboard\MMKeybd.exeC:\WINDOWS\LTMSG.exeC:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_02\bin\jusched.exeC:\Program Files\ScanSoft\OmniPageSE2.0\OpwareSE2.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exeC:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exeC:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exeC:\Program Files\Keymaestro\Multimedia Keyboard\TrayMon.exeC:\Program Files\Keymaestro\Onscreen Display\OSD.exeC:\Program Files\InterVideo\Common\Bin\WinCinemaMgr.exeC:\Program Files\InterVideo\WinDVR\WinScheduler.exeC:\Program Files\Keymaestro\Multimedia Keyboard\nhksrv.exeC:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgwdsvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exeC:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgrsx.exeC:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgnsx.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\avgcsrvx.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\wuauclt.exeC:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exeC:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Connection Wizard,ShellNext = http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/O2 - BHO: RealPlayer Download and Record Plugin for Internet Explorer - {3049C3E9-B461-4BC5-8870-4C09146192CA} - C:\Program Files\Real\RealPlayer\rpbrowserrecordplugin.dllO2 - BHO: WormRadar.com IESiteBlocker.NavFilter - {3CA2F312-6F6E-4B53-A66E-4E65E497C8C0} - C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\avgssie.dllO2 - BHO: Spybot-S&D IE Protection - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dllO2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Notifier BHO - {AF69DE43-7D58-4638-B6FA-CE66B5AD205D} - C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\5.1.1309.15642\swg.dllO4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickFinder Scheduler] "C:\Program Files\Corel\WordPerfect Office 2002\Programs\QFSCHD100.EXE"O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [siSUSBRG] C:\WINDOWS\SiSUSBrg.exeO4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Cmaudio] RunDll32 cmicnfg.cpl,CMICtrlWndO4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TvRemoteVCR] C:\WINDOWS\Tvrmvcr.exeO4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE NvQTwk,NvCplDaemon initializeO4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /installO4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MULTIMEDIA KEYBOARD] C:\Program Files\Keymaestro\Multimedia Keyboard\MMKeybd.exeO4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NeroCheck] C:\WINDOWS\system32\NeroCheck.exeO4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PowerS] C:\WINDOWS\PowerS.exeO4 - HKLM\..\Run: [LTMSG] LTMSG.exe 7O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [sunJavaUpdateSched] C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_02\bin\jusched.exeO4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PMXInit] C:\WINDOWS\system32\pmxinit.exeO4 - HKLM\..\Run: [OpwareSE2] "C:\Program Files\ScanSoft\OmniPageSE2.0\OpwareSE2.exe"O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TkBellExe] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe" -osbootO4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\QTTask.exe" -atboottimeO4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG8_TRAY] C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgtray.exeO4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ZoneAlarm Client] "C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe"O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /backgroundO4 - HKCU\..\Run: [swg] C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exeO4 - HKUS\S-1-5-18\..\Run: [DWQueuedReporting] "C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\MICROS~1\DW\dwtrig20.exe" -t (User 'SYSTEM')O4 - HKUS\.DEFAULT\..\Run: [DWQueuedReporting] "C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\MICROS~1\DW\dwtrig20.exe" -t (User 'Default user')O4 - Global Startup: InterVideo WinCinema Manager.lnk = C:\Program Files\InterVideo\Common\Bin\WinCinemaMgr.exeO4 - Global Startup: InterVideo WinScheduler.lnk = C:\Program Files\InterVideo\WinDVR\WinScheduler.exeO4 - Global Startup: Microsoft Office.lnk = C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office10\OSA.EXEO8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office10\EXCEL.EXE/3000O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_02\bin\npjpi150_02.dllO9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_02\bin\npjpi150_02.dllO9 - Extra button: (no name) - {DFB852A3-47F8-48C4-A200-58CAB36FD2A2} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dllO9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Spybot - Search & Destroy Configuration - {DFB852A3-47F8-48C4-A200-58CAB36FD2A2} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dllO9 - Extra button: (no name) - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - C:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exeO9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @xpsp3res.dll,-20001 - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - C:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exeO9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exeO9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exeO16 - DPF: {6414512B-B978-451D-A0D8-FCFDF33E833C} (WUWebControl Class) - http://update.microsoft.com/windowsupdate/...b?1222187877187O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) - http://fpdownload2.macromedia.com/get/shoc...ash/swflash.cabO18 - Protocol: linkscanner - {F274614C-63F8-47D5-A4D1-FBDDE494F8D1} - C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\avgpp.dllO20 - AppInit_DLLs: c:\windows\system32\zodaveru.dllO20 - Winlogon Notify: avgrsstarter - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\avgrsstx.dllO23 - Service: AVG Free8 WatchDog (avg8wd) - AVG Technologies CZ, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgwdsvc.exeO23 - Service: Google Update Service (gupdate1c95c6b3e9016ba) (gupdate1c95c6b3e9016ba) - Google Inc. - C:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exeO23 - Service: Google Software Updater (gusvc) - Google - C:\Program Files\Google\Common\Google Updater\GoogleUpdaterService.exeO23 - Service: Netropa NHK Server (nhksrv) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\Keymaestro\Multimedia Keyboard\nhksrv.exeO23 - Service: NVIDIA Driver Helper Service (NVSvc) - NVIDIA Corporation - C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exeO23 - Service: TrueVector Internet Monitor (vsmon) - Check Point Software Technologies LTD - C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exe
--End of file - 7067 bytes
Malwarebytes Log:
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.40Database version: 2591Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3
8/10/2009 2:48:38 PMmbam-log-2009-08-10 (14-48-38).txt
Scan type: Full Scan (C:\|)Objects scanned: 149892Time elapsed: 50 minute(s), 42 second(s)
Memory Processes Infected: 0Memory Modules Infected: 0Registry Keys Infected: 0Registry Values Infected: 0Registry Data Items Infected: 0Folders Infected: 0Files Infected: 0
Memory Processes Infected:(No malicious items detected)
Memory Modules Infected:(No malicious items detected)
Registry Keys Infected:(No malicious items detected)
Registry Values Infected:(No malicious items detected)
Registry Data Items Infected:(No malicious items detected)
Folders Infected:(No malicious items detected)
Files Infected:(No malicious items detected)
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Hi and welcome to Malwarebytes.

Please update MBAM, run a Quick Scan, and post its log.

Please go to VirusTotal, and upload the following file for analysis:


Post the results in your reply.

Next, please visit this webpage for instructions for running ComboFix:


  • When the tool is finished, it will produce a report for you.
  • Please post the C:\ComboFix.txt along with a new HijackThis log so we may continue cleaning the system.


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