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Any encounter this nasty homepage hijack by equinox.com?

I tried to remove the entries from

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://equinox.com

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Window Title = Equinox.com

But it still come back, any idea how to get rid of it?


Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2

Scan saved at 14:33:08, on 11/5/2008

Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)

MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:








C:\Program Files\Intel\AMT\atchksrv.exe

C:\Program Files\Canon\DIAS\CnxDIAS.exe

C:\Program Files\Intel\AMT\LMS.exe

C:\Program Files\McAfee\Common Framework\FrameworkService.exe

C:\Program Files\McAfee\VirusScan Enterprise\Mcshield.exe

C:\Program Files\McAfee\VirusScan Enterprise\VsTskMgr.exe

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Lenovo\tvt_reg_monitor_svc.exe

C:\Program Files\Intel\AMT\UNS.exe

C:\Program Files\RealVNC\VNC4\WinVNC4.exe

C:\Program Files\Lenovo\System Update\SUService.exe



C:\Program Files\Common Files\Lenovo\Scheduler\scheduler_proxy.exe




C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\Core\smax4pnp.exe


C:\Program Files\McAfee\Common Framework\udaterui.exe


C:\Program Files\McAfee\Common Framework\McTray.exe

C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://equinox.com/

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Connection Wizard,ShellNext = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=74005

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Window Title = Equinox.com

F2 - REG:system.ini: UserInit=C:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.exe,C:\WINDOWS\system32\wscript.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\Virusafe.vbs

O2 - BHO: Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll

O2 - BHO: scriptproxy - {7DB2D5A0-7241-4E79-B68D-6309F01C5231} - C:\Program Files\McAfee\VirusScan Enterprise\scriptcl.dll

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TVT Scheduler Proxy] C:\Program Files\Common Files\Lenovo\Scheduler\scheduler_proxy.exe

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

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

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

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [soundMAXPnP] C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\Core\smax4pnp.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [shStatEXE] "C:\Program Files\McAfee\VirusScan Enterprise\SHSTAT.EXE" /STANDALONE

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [McAfeeUpdaterUI] "C:\Program Files\McAfee\Common Framework\udaterui.exe" /StartedFromRunKey

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe

O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Reader Speed Launch.lnk = C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\reader_sl.exe

O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Reader Synchronizer.lnk = C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\AdobeCollabSync.exe

O9 - Extra button: Research - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\OFFICE11\REFIEBAR.DLL

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

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

O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) - http://fpdownload2.macromedia.com/get/shoc...ash/swflash.cab

O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\Parameters: Domain = APR.BJS

O17 - HKLM\Software\..\Telephony: DomainName = APR.BJS

O17 - HKLM\System\CS1\Services\Tcpip\Parameters: Domain = APR.BJS

O23 - Service: Intel

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http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=s...mp;aq=f&oq= <- this line in your log has 0 hits on google , unless you created this yourself I would be willing to bet that this is the cause .

F2 - REG:system.ini: UserInit=C:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.exe,C:\WINDOWS\system32\wscript.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\Virusafe.vbs

Fix this line and reboot .

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://equinox.com/

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Window Title = Equinox.com

Then fix these two and reboot , see if you have control again .

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Yes, you are right the cause was from C:\WINDOWS\system32\Virusafe.vbs, this is a nasty VB script is running as a Hidden & System file in the backgroud. It is also populating the registry with IE start page & window title set to equinox.com. I use the FileAssassin in Malwarebytes to remove the file. But that was not enough, I do a search on the registry for keys having viursafe.vbs and remove a couples of infected key before this is finally over.

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