A big Hideeho from the Tipperary,Ireland.

A search bar just appeared after my wife was online. Also having problems with some programs not ending processes, that is: Firefox and win media player, so I have to right click and end process which is becoming more than annoying. I use spybot, malwarebytes and kapersky - not the free one. I have used Hijack this in the past but was unable to determine what was good and bad.

I am running Vista Home Premium sp1.

Please advise!

Thank You

Hi and welcome to Daniweb!
Uninstall HiJackThis if it is an old version and download a new one from here if needed. Do the full system scan and save the log and copy/paste it back here and I will be happy to take a look.
Judy

Thank You very much!

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 18:28:40, on 08/09/2009
Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18813)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exe
C:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exe
C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\IAAnotif.exe
C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\RtHDVCpl.exe
C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Windows\PixArt\PAC207\Monitor.exe
C:\Windows\vsnp2uvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Lexmark 3600-4600 Series\lxdxmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Lexmark 3600-4600 Series\ezprint.exe
C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Internet Security 2009\avp.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe
C:\Users\Padraig\Program Files\DNA\btdna.exe
C:\Windows\ehome\ehtray.exe
C:\Windows\ehome\ehmsas.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\ISUSPM.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\Real\RealPlayer\realplay.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe
C:\Windows\system32\NOTEPAD.EXE
C:\Windows\system32\DllHost.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://www.aldi.com/
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://www.aldi.com/
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch =
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar,LinksFolderName =
O1 - Hosts: ::1 localhost
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHelperStub - {18DF081C-E8AD-4283-A596-FA578C2EBDC3} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelperShim.dll
O2 - BHO: RealPlayer Download and Record Plugin for Internet Explorer - {3049C3E9-B461-4BC5-8870-4C09146192CA} - C:\Program Files\Real\RealPlayer\rpbrowserrecordplugin.dll
O2 - BHO: Spybot-S&D IE Protection - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: IEVkbdBHO - {59273AB4-E7D3-40F9-A1A8-6FA9CCA1862C} - C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Internet Security 2009\ievkbd.dll
O2 - BHO: Java(tm) Plug-In 2 SSV Helper - {DBC80044-A445-435b-BC74-9C25C1C588A9} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jp2ssv.dll (file missing)
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Windows Defender] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe -hide
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [IAAnotif] "C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\Iaanotif.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [RtHDVCpl] C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\RtHDVCpl.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Skytel] C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\Skytel.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\Windows\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvMediaCenter] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\Windows\system32\NvMcTray.dll,NvTaskbarInit
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TkBellExe] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe" -osboot
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PAC207_Monitor] C:\Windows\PixArt\PAC207\Monitor.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Adobe Reader Speed Launcher] "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Reader\Reader_sl.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [snp2uvc] C:\Windows\vsnp2uvc.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [lxdxmon.exe] "C:\Program Files\Lexmark 3600-4600 Series\lxdxmon.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [EzPrint] "C:\Program Files\Lexmark 3600-4600 Series\ezprint.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVP] "C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Internet Security 2009\avp.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Sidebar] C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe /autoRun
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [BitTorrent DNA] "C:\Users\Padraig\Program Files\DNA\btdna.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ehTray.exe] C:\Windows\ehome\ehTray.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [VoipStunt] "C:\Program Files\VoipStunt.com\VoipStunt\voipstunt.exe" -nosplash -minimized
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ISUSPM] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\ISUSPM.exe" -scheduler
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [WMPNSCFG] C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\WMPNSCFG.exe
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\Sidebar.exe /detectMem (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\Run: [WindowsWelcomeCenter] rundll32.exe oobefldr.dll,ShowWelcomeCenter (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-20\..\Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\Sidebar.exe /detectMem (User 'NETWORK SERVICE')
O8 - Extra context menu item: Add to Banner Ad Blocker - C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Internet Security 2009\ie_banner_deny.htm
O8 - Extra context menu item: Add to Google Photos Screensa&ver - res://C:\Windows\system32\GPhotos.scr/200
O9 - Extra button: Web traffic protection statistics - {1F460357-8A94-4D71-9CA3-AA4ACF32ED8E} - C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Internet Security 2009\SCIEPlgn.dll
O9 - Extra button: Send to OneNote - {2670000A-7350-4f3c-8081-5663EE0C6C49} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~3\Office12\ONBttnIE.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: S&end to OneNote - {2670000A-7350-4f3c-8081-5663EE0C6C49} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~3\Office12\ONBttnIE.dll
O9 - Extra button: Research - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~3\Office12\REFIEBAR.DLL
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {DFB852A3-47F8-48C4-A200-58CAB36FD2A2} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Spybot - Search & Destroy Configuration - {DFB852A3-47F8-48C4-A200-58CAB36FD2A2} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O13 - Gopher Prefix:
O16 - DPF: {2019DC25-D1C0-11D6-97B3-0008A124F542} (StreamPlug Class) - http://www.streamplug.com/StreamPlug/beta/SP.cab
O18 - Protocol: skype4com - {FFC8B962-9B40-4DFF-9458-1830C7DD7F5D} - C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\Skype\SKYPE4~1.DLL
O20 - AppInit_DLLs: C:\PROGRA~1\KASPER~1\KASPER~1\mzvkbd.dll,C:\PROGRA~1\KASPER~1\KASPER~1\adialhk.dll,C:\PROGRA~1\KASPER~1\KASPER~1\kloehk.dll
O23 - Service: Kaspersky Internet Security (AVP) - Kaspersky Lab - C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Internet Security 2009\avp.exe
O23 - Service: Google Update Service (gupdate1c9bcf1c42a0858) (gupdate1c9bcf1c42a0858) - Google Inc. - C:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe
O23 - Service: Google Updater Service (gusvc) - Google - C:\Program Files\Google\Common\Google Updater\GoogleUpdaterService.exe
O23 - Service: Intel(R) Matrix Storage Event Monitor (IAANTMON) - Intel Corporation - C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\Iaantmon.exe
O23 - Service: InstallDriver Table Manager (IDriverT) - Macrovision Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver\11\Intel 32\IDriverT.exe
O23 - Service: lxdxCATSCustConnectService - Lexmark International, Inc. - C:\Windows\system32\spool\DRIVERS\W32X86\3\\lxdxserv.exe
O23 - Service: lxdx_device - - C:\Windows\system32\lxdxcoms.exe
O23 - Service: Nero BackItUp Scheduler 3 - Nero AG - C:\Program Files\Nero\Nero8\Nero BackItUp\NBService.exe
O23 - Service: NMIndexingService - Nero AG - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Nero\Lib\NMIndexingService.exe
O23 - Service: NVIDIA Display Driver Service (nvsvc) - NVIDIA Corporation - C:\Windows\system32\nvvsvc.exe
O23 - Service: PLFlash DeviceIoControl Service - Prolific Technology Inc. - C:\Windows\system32\IoctlSvc.exe
O23 - Service: ProtexisLicensing - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\PSIService.exe
O23 - Service: SBSD Security Center Service (SBSDWSCService) - Safer Networking Ltd. - C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SDWinSec.exe

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End of file - 7919 bytes

I really don't see anything in the log indicating an "unusual" Search bar.
Is there a way for you to get us a Print Screen of it? Maybe that would give more of a clue. If you can do the Print Screen and then Crop everything out except the area where the search bar is located, then upload it here. Maybe it will give us a better idea.
Judy

Don't know how to upload it. have it in a word doc. ...

Can you save it as just a .jpg and then attach it?
There is a button down below this text box named Manage Attachments.
Click that.
Then when the Manage Attachments box opens click the Browse button to find the file on your computer.
Once you click on that and put what you want to upload into the little window then you click the Upload button. It will then attach whatever it is you wish to upload to your post.
Check my attachments and you will see what I mean.

Ok thanks again. I'm sure it's related to the programs not closing as it started to happen around the same time.

What exactly happens when you type something in that bar?

I assume it opens a browser and searches the internet; if so, which site does it use?

Just used it for the first time, it went to yeah.com looks nasty, firefox warned me.

Just used it for the first time, it went to yeah.com looks nasty, firefox warned me.

Yes it gets a very bad rating via WOT. You obviously have some malware on there.
Update MBA-M and run the Full System Scan again. Let it remove whatever is found. Do the same with Spybot.
Look in Add/Remove and see if there is an unknown toolbar listed there, if so, remove it.. Look for yeah and see if anything like that is listed.
Can you right click the taskbar, away from that search bar, and see if there is a notation there for toolbars. If so see if you can stop this.
Update MBA-M again and run a Full System scan with it. Have it remove anything found and save the log.
Reboot. Do a new HJT scan and save the log
Post back here with the two logs

Ok here you are! By the way not even once did malwarebytes find something.

And the HJT. Where are you from incidentally?

Strange the log didn't upload last time. Now it's saying the file is invalid

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 18:27:34, on 08/09/2009
Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18813)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exe
C:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exe
C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\IAAnotif.exe
C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\RtHDVCpl.exe
C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Windows\PixArt\PAC207\Monitor.exe
C:\Windows\vsnp2uvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Lexmark 3600-4600 Series\lxdxmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Lexmark 3600-4600 Series\ezprint.exe
C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Internet Security 2009\avp.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe
C:\Users\Padraig\Program Files\DNA\btdna.exe
C:\Windows\ehome\ehtray.exe
C:\Windows\ehome\ehmsas.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\ISUSPM.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\Real\RealPlayer\realplay.exe
C:\Windows\system32\SearchFilterHost.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://www.aldi.com/
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://www.aldi.com/
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch =
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar,LinksFolderName =
O1 - Hosts: ::1 localhost
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHelperStub - {18DF081C-E8AD-4283-A596-FA578C2EBDC3} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelperShim.dll
O2 - BHO: RealPlayer Download and Record Plugin for Internet Explorer - {3049C3E9-B461-4BC5-8870-4C09146192CA} - C:\Program Files\Real\RealPlayer\rpbrowserrecordplugin.dll
O2 - BHO: Spybot-S&D IE Protection - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: IEVkbdBHO - {59273AB4-E7D3-40F9-A1A8-6FA9CCA1862C} - C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Internet Security 2009\ievkbd.dll
O2 - BHO: Java(tm) Plug-In 2 SSV Helper - {DBC80044-A445-435b-BC74-9C25C1C588A9} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jp2ssv.dll (file missing)
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Windows Defender] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe -hide
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [IAAnotif] "C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\Iaanotif.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [RtHDVCpl] C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\RtHDVCpl.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Skytel] C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\Skytel.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\Windows\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvMediaCenter] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\Windows\system32\NvMcTray.dll,NvTaskbarInit
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TkBellExe] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe" -osboot
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PAC207_Monitor] C:\Windows\PixArt\PAC207\Monitor.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Adobe Reader Speed Launcher] "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Reader\Reader_sl.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [snp2uvc] C:\Windows\vsnp2uvc.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [lxdxmon.exe] "C:\Program Files\Lexmark 3600-4600 Series\lxdxmon.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [EzPrint] "C:\Program Files\Lexmark 3600-4600 Series\ezprint.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVP] "C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Internet Security 2009\avp.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Sidebar] C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe /autoRun
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [BitTorrent DNA] "C:\Users\Padraig\Program Files\DNA\btdna.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ehTray.exe] C:\Windows\ehome\ehTray.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [VoipStunt] "C:\Program Files\VoipStunt.com\VoipStunt\voipstunt.exe" -nosplash -minimized
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ISUSPM] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\ISUSPM.exe" -scheduler
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [WMPNSCFG] C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\WMPNSCFG.exe
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\Sidebar.exe /detectMem (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\Run: [WindowsWelcomeCenter] rundll32.exe oobefldr.dll,ShowWelcomeCenter (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-20\..\Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\Sidebar.exe /detectMem (User 'NETWORK SERVICE')
O8 - Extra context menu item: Add to Banner Ad Blocker - C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Internet Security 2009\ie_banner_deny.htm
O8 - Extra context menu item: Add to Google Photos Screensa&ver - res://C:\Windows\system32\GPhotos.scr/200
O9 - Extra button: Web traffic protection statistics - {1F460357-8A94-4D71-9CA3-AA4ACF32ED8E} - C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Internet Security 2009\SCIEPlgn.dll
O9 - Extra button: Send to OneNote - {2670000A-7350-4f3c-8081-5663EE0C6C49} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~3\Office12\ONBttnIE.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: S&end to OneNote - {2670000A-7350-4f3c-8081-5663EE0C6C49} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~3\Office12\ONBttnIE.dll
O9 - Extra button: Research - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~3\Office12\REFIEBAR.DLL
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {DFB852A3-47F8-48C4-A200-58CAB36FD2A2} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Spybot - Search & Destroy Configuration - {DFB852A3-47F8-48C4-A200-58CAB36FD2A2} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O13 - Gopher Prefix:
O16 - DPF: {2019DC25-D1C0-11D6-97B3-0008A124F542} (StreamPlug Class) - http://www.streamplug.com/StreamPlug/beta/SP.cab
O18 - Protocol: skype4com - {FFC8B962-9B40-4DFF-9458-1830C7DD7F5D} - C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\Skype\SKYPE4~1.DLL
O20 - AppInit_DLLs: C:\PROGRA~1\KASPER~1\KASPER~1\mzvkbd.dll,C:\PROGRA~1\KASPER~1\KASPER~1\adialhk.dll,C:\PROGRA~1\KASPER~1\KASPER~1\kloehk.dll
O23 - Service: Kaspersky Internet Security (AVP) - Kaspersky Lab - C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Internet Security 2009\avp.exe
O23 - Service: Google Update Service (gupdate1c9bcf1c42a0858) (gupdate1c9bcf1c42a0858) - Google Inc. - C:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe
O23 - Service: Google Updater Service (gusvc) - Google - C:\Program Files\Google\Common\Google Updater\GoogleUpdaterService.exe
O23 - Service: Intel(R) Matrix Storage Event Monitor (IAANTMON) - Intel Corporation - C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\Iaantmon.exe
O23 - Service: InstallDriver Table Manager (IDriverT) - Macrovision Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver\11\Intel 32\IDriverT.exe
O23 - Service: lxdxCATSCustConnectService - Lexmark International, Inc. - C:\Windows\system32\spool\DRIVERS\W32X86\3\\lxdxserv.exe
O23 - Service: lxdx_device - - C:\Windows\system32\lxdxcoms.exe
O23 - Service: Nero BackItUp Scheduler 3 - Nero AG - C:\Program Files\Nero\Nero8\Nero BackItUp\NBService.exe
O23 - Service: NMIndexingService - Nero AG - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Nero\Lib\NMIndexingService.exe
O23 - Service: NVIDIA Display Driver Service (nvsvc) - NVIDIA Corporation - C:\Windows\system32\nvvsvc.exe
O23 - Service: PLFlash DeviceIoControl Service - Prolific Technology Inc. - C:\Windows\system32\IoctlSvc.exe
O23 - Service: ProtexisLicensing - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\PSIService.exe
O23 - Service: SBSD Security Center Service (SBSDWSCService) - Safer Networking Ltd. - C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SDWinSec.exe

--
End of file - 7895 bytes

Still honestly see NOTHING in that HJT log. Very strange. Did you try my other suggestions?

Look in Add/Remove and see if there is an unknown toolbar listed there, if so, remove it.. Look for yeah and see if anything like that is listed.
Can you right click the taskbar, away from that search bar, and see if there is a notation there for toolbars. If so see if you can stop this.

Only thing I see as "risky" in the HJT log is this entry;
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [BitTorrent DNA] "C:\Users\Padraig\Program Files\DNA\btdna.exe"
Not really a wise idea to have this running automatically at start up, meaning then it is running all the time usually.
I'm not going to get into a big lecture on P2P here, forum policy on P2P is NO to that entirely and must say I agree. It can and often does lead to major infections, some of which the only way to recover is wiping the drive. But don't feel this is that type of case really...though cannot say for sure. Whatever and whereever this searchbar came from it obviously isn't a good place, we both found that when checking out their web page.

Ok, but I have been using p2p for many a year now and am not about to stop.

So looks like I'm stuck with this search bar for another while.

Thanks for your time.

This search bar IS malware. There has to be a way to get rid of it.

commented: Tried hard +1

So looks like I'm stuck with this search bar for another while.

We really need a more thorough look at what is going on before we can say that :)
HijackThis is often insufficient when it comes to today's malware - Let's try this:

-- Download DDS by sUBs and save it to your Desktop
-- If your AV has a script blocker, please disable it
-- DoubleClick on dds.scr to run the tool

* A command box will open, displaying added information for your reading pleasure while DDS completes its scan.
* Upon completion, a Dialog Box should open instructing you to save and post the TWO resulting logs (DDS.txt & Attach.txt).
Please post Attach.txt as an attachment to your post - there is no need to Zip it. If you don’t know how to post an attachment, please Copy&Paste it along with the DDS.txt scanlog.

Judy, I, or one of the other volunteers will have a look as time permits.

Cheers :)
PP

Thanks a lot. This this is really starting to ......

Thanks a lot. This this is really starting to ......

I'm sorry - I should have written that more clearly.
I need you to copy and paste the main DDS.txt for me. That's the one I really want to see.
If you didn't save that log, just run DDS again.

As for the toolbar, I have a feeling that it might be one of those "quasi-legit" items that comes bundled in the installation package with another program you might have installed.
I know you said it "just appeared," but maybe she didn't notice it before? Do you remember installing any new software around the time the nuisance bar appeared?

Let's see what we find in the DDS.txt - Just copy and paste that one.

I'll be back tonight.

PP :)

Ok Thank You

Ok Thank You

Happy to help . . . . But I don't have any good news for you:
I do not see anything in those logs.

Are you sure this wasn't installed with another program? Perhaps the recent install of Quicktime on 9/3?

It could be a legit toolbar that was re-directed, but I'd expect to see evidence of that in the logs.


You could try a System Restore to a point before you noticed this.
Or, you could probably disable this in Vista settings.

And, there is always the possibility I might have missed it in the logs, though I doubt it.

Sorry we couldn't be more help.

PP :)

You know, going back through this thread, reading the logs, not finding anything...one thing I did notice is that nobody replying on this thread, unless I missed it, had you attempt one logical thing; Put your cursor on the taskbar, Right Click, choose Toolbars and see if that Search bar is in there and if it is, is there a check mark there? If there is then remove the check mark.

You know, going back through this thread, reading the logs, not finding anything...one thing I did notice is that nobody replying on this thread, unless I missed it, had you attempt one logical thing; Put your cursor on the taskbar, Right Click, choose Toolbars and see if that Search bar is in there and if it is, is there a check mark there? If there is then remove the check mark.

Or, you could probably disable this in Vista settings.

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Sorry PP, told I SAID I might have missed something...I did once before:D
It also looks like a Google Deskbar OR Dave's Quicksearch Deskbar which will launch searches from multiple search engines...just throwing out there all I have found since looking at that log this morning and seeing nothing that looked out of the ordinary:)

Wow! This is by far the most embarrassing post I have made. I right clicked and was able to disable the search bar. I sincerely apologise for any time wasted and thank everyone.

However still worried about my programs not closing properly such as Win media player, Firefox and realplayer.:$

Wow! This is by far the most embarrassing post I have made. I right clicked and was able to disable the search bar. I sincerely apologise for any time wasted and thank everyone.

However still worried about my programs not closing properly such as Win media player, Firefox and realplayer.:$

Hey, no need for embarrassment, we have all done something like this on occasion and our time was not wasted. We all always learn something with these posts, sometimes it is just the obvious...LOL
For your slow closing programs, does this happen when you try to close them down individually OR is it when you decide to shut down the computer completely and they all are slow in closing.
What version of each slow closing program are you running?
The reason I ask is that you have a lot of unnecessary auto-starting programs, Windows Media Player being one of them. If these all auto-start and then run all the time while in the background while you use the computer then when you DO try to shut down the computer, without turning each one off one at a time, then they are sort of "in a crowd trying to get out the door". I can't say for sure that this is the problem but it very well could be. Each individual program running also uses multiple processes to run so each one of those processes connected to that particular program has to be turned off too.
I would start by paring down those unnecessary start ups, many can be run manually when you are actually going to use them and honestly many of them don't need to run at all, they just put themselves in there automatically.
Here is a list of items running unnecessarily at start up:
NvCplDaemon-System Tray icon used to change display settings, change the clock rate and memory speed for nVidia based graphics cards.
NvMediaCenter-System Tray icon used to manage settings for nVidia based graphics cards. May be required for some 3D applications to recognize your card correctly so if you DO use a lot of 3-D programs then leave this alone.
TkBellExe-updater for RealPlayer
Adobe Reader Speed Launcher-supposedly speeds the opening of Adobe Reader, not necessary. Maybe speeds it by a few seconds, turn this off and you really won't notice a difference in speed when you do need it.
snp2uvc-usb camera driver
BitTorrent DNA
ISUSPM-InstallShield Update Service Scheduler. Automatically searches for and performs any updates to the software so you’re always working with the most current version
WMPNSCFG-Windows Media Player
WindowsWelcomeCenter-Loads the Windows Vista Welcome Center which contains links to various applications and help articles.
You should be able to control these by using MikeLin's Startup Control Panel. A free program which when installed can be found in Control Panel with a little computer icon labeled Start Up. Open the program and you'll see various Tabs. Go through each tab and remove the check marks next to the auto starts shown there. Some tabs won't have anything listed, that's fine. Once you have taken out the check marks then close the program and reboot the computer. Next time you start up these programs won't be auto started.
You also need to be sure you are running the most up to date versions of the programs you are having problems with on shut down so check on that too.
When you are going to shut down your computer don't just leave all running and hit Shut down but close each program individually, especially those you are having problems with. Do all of this and see if it makes a difference.
Judy

Hey, no need for embarrassment, we have all done something like this on occasion and our time was not wasted. We all always learn something with these posts, sometimes it is just the obvious...LOL
For your slow closing programs, does this happen when you try to close them down individually OR is it when you decide to shut down the computer completely and they all are slow in closing.
What version of each slow closing program are you running?
The reason I ask is that you have a lot of unnecessary auto-starting programs, Windows Media Player being one of them. If these all auto-start and then run all the time while in the background while you use the computer then when you DO try to shut down the computer, without turning each one off one at a time, then they are sort of "in a crowd trying to get out the door". I can't say for sure that this is the problem but it very well could be. Each individual program running also uses multiple processes to run so each one of those processes connected to that particular program has to be turned off too.
I would start by paring down those unnecessary start ups, many can be run manually when you are actually going to use them and honestly many of them don't need to run at all, they just put themselves in there automatically.
Here is a list of items running unnecessarily at start up:
NvCplDaemon-System Tray icon used to change display settings, change the clock rate and memory speed for nVidia based graphics cards.
NvMediaCenter-System Tray icon used to manage settings for nVidia based graphics cards. May be required for some 3D applications to recognize your card correctly so if you DO use a lot of 3-D programs then leave this alone.
TkBellExe-updater for RealPlayer
Adobe Reader Speed Launcher-supposedly speeds the opening of Adobe Reader, not necessary. Maybe speeds it by a few seconds, turn this off and you really won't notice a difference in speed when you do need it.
snp2uvc-usb camera driver
BitTorrent DNA
ISUSPM-InstallShield Update Service Scheduler. Automatically searches for and performs any updates to the software so you’re always working with the most current version
WMPNSCFG-Windows Media Player
WindowsWelcomeCenter-Loads the Windows Vista Welcome Center which contains links to various applications and help articles.
You should be able to control these by using MikeLin's Startup Control Panel. A free program which when installed can be found in Control Panel with a little computer icon labeled Start Up. Open the program and you'll see various Tabs. Go through each tab and remove the check marks next to the auto starts shown there. Some tabs won't have anything listed, that's fine. Once you have taken out the check marks then close the program and reboot the computer. Next time you start up these programs won't be auto started.
You also need to be sure you are running the most up to date versions of the programs you are having problems with on shut down so check on that too.
When you are going to shut down your computer don't just leave all running and hit Shut down but close each program individually, especially those you are having problems with. Do all of this and see if it makes a difference.
Judy

Thank You very much, no doubt we will be in contact again sometime. All the Best