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Malwarebytes, 

I've run into a redirect hack that will automatically route any search made from Google, whether it be in Chrome, Edge or Firefox, through a quick hit on a citypage site, then on to Bing.  

So far, I've cleared my search engine preferences in each browser, with absolutely no sign of any changes to home pages, default search engine settings, or DNS settings.  There are no extensions that I do not recognize in the extensions toolkit for either engine.  

SFC and DISM tool have been run, and returned 0 problems. 

Malwarebytes, Adaware, HitmanPro, AVG and rKill have all been run, with no result changing the re-direct.  

I have run FRST tool from an external drive, where the program was loaded onto from a clean computer. 

Here are the logs: 

 

Addition.txt

FRST.txt

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Hello, Welcome to Malwarebytes.
I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.

If you can please print this topic it will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps in the order listed.
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Hi,

I have identified a bad SmartService infection.

You will need access to a spare PC and a USB flash drive that has not been in contact with the sick PC...

I need to know first if you can enable the Recovery Environment...

Open FRST on the compromised computer:

copy/paste the following inside the text area of FRST. Once done, click on the Fix button. A file called fixlog.txt should appear on your desktop. Attach it in your next reply.

Quote

Start:
CMD: bcdedit.exe /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu yes
CMD: bcdedit.exe /set {default} recoveryenabled yes
End:

frst%2520b.jpg&key=98f8e4fa906452a8ed544

On completion, a message will come up saying that the fix has been completed and it'll open a log in Notepad
Copy and paste its content in your next reply.

Wait for further instructions.
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Fix result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (x64) Version: 12.05.2018
Ran by Horizon (12-05-2018 12:26:02) Run:4
Running from C:\Users\Horizon\Desktop\FRST-OlderVersion
Loaded Profiles: Horizon (Available Profiles: Horizon)
Boot Mode: Normal
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fixlist content:
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CMD: bcdedit.exe /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu yes
CMD: bcdedit.exe /set {default} recoveryenabled yes

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========= bcdedit.exe /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu yes =========

The operation completed successfully.

========= End of CMD: =========


========= bcdedit.exe /set {default} recoveryenabled yes =========

The operation completed successfully.

========= End of CMD: =========


==== End of Fixlog 12:26:02 ====

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I have managed to get a quick screenshot of the URL when it re-directs: 

 

http://extension.citypage.today/?affID=970801784&q



That's what pops up between hitting the search icon, and it re-directing to Bing from Google or Yahoo or Mozilla.

Edited by AdvancedSetup
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Hi,

Lets proceed:

Preparing the USB Flash Drive

Boot up your spare PC:
Plug in the flash drive, navigate to that drive, right click on it direct and select format. Quick option is adequate.

Next,

On that same PC download the right version of Farbar program for your system to Desktop or the Flash drive.
64-bit or 32 bit version. Select the one you need.
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/farbar-recovery-scan-tool/

If the files were saved on the Desktopl Move the executable (FRST.exe or FRST64.exe) to your USB Flash Drive 
 


How to determine whether a computer is running a 32-bit version or 64-bit version of the Windows operating system.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/827218/how-to-determine-whether-a-computer-is-running-a-32-bit-version-or-64

Do not plug Flash Drive into sick PC until booted to Recovery Environment.

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Boot the compromised PC to Recovery Environment, if you are unsure of that action have a read at the following link, maybe bookmark for future reference...

To enter the Recovery Environment with Windows 10, follow the instructions in this tutorial on TenForums https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2294-boot-advanced-startup-options-windows-10-a.html

From the Windows 10 Tutorial you should get access to the Advanced Startup Options at boot for Windows 10

Select in this order
"Troubleshoot" > "Advance Options" > "Command Prompt"


Once in the command prompt

Plug your USB Flash Drive in the infected computer

In the command prompt, type notepad and press on Enter
Notepad will open. Click on the File menu and select Open
Click on Computer/This PC, find the letter for your USB Flash Drive, then close the window and Notepad
In the command prompt, type e:\frst.exe (for the x64 version, type e:\frst64.exe and press on Enter
Note: Replace the letter e with the drive letter of your USB Flash Drive
FRST will open
Click on Yes to accept the disclaimer
Click on the Scan button and wait for the scan to complete
A log called FRST.txt will be saved on your USB Flash Drive. Attach it in your next reply.

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If at any time you need additional information please ask before proceeding.

Post the Fixlog.txt and the FRST.txt logs for my review.

Wait for further instructions.

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Log Attached

FRST.txt

Out of the available ways to boot into recovery environment, I was forced to use an External USB Recovery Media drive I created.   The standard ways of booting to recovery environment from the internal drive did not work.

 

Edited by DaBosun
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Hi,

You did well!

Glad we could help.

If all is well.

To learn more about how to protect yourself while on the internet read this little guide best security practices keep safe.
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/407147/answers-to-common-security-questions-best-practices/

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/keep-your-computer-safe-online/
Simple and easy ways to keep your computer safe and secure on the Internet.
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