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I ran the higjack this program and this is the results. I am trying to remove Home Search Assistent with no luck so far. Please advise where I should go from here. Thank you!


Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 3:12:02 PM, on 12/11/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\csrss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wdfmgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\ZONELABS\vsmon.exe
C:\Program Files\NETGEAR\WG111v2 Configuration Utility\RtWLan.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgemc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\iedl32.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\agent\McAgent.exe
C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft AntiSpyware\gcasServ.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\McAfee QuickClean\Plguni.exe
C:\Program Files\NETGEAR\WG111v2 Configuration Utility\RtlWake.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\devldr32.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft AntiSpyware\gcasDtServ.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\alg.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\WINDOWS\javaku32.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.yahoo.com
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.yahoo.com
R3 - Default URLSearchHook is missing
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: Class - {70287588-232F-F15E-0032-852CC2FECDD4} - C:\WINDOWS\mscz32.dll
O2 - BHO: Class - {CC76A8DE-4196-33A2-4D56-645061976E88} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\apikc32.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Yahoo! Toolbar - {EF99BD32-C1FB-11D2-892F-0090271D4F88} - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Companion\Installs\cpn0\yt.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [RtWLan] C:\Program Files\NETGEAR\WG111v2 Configuration Utility\RtWLan.exe /H
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG7_CC] C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe /STARTUP
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG7_EMC] C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgemc.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [iedl32.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\iedl32.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MCUpdateExe] C:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\agent\McUpdate.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MCAgentExe] c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\agent\McAgent.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Zone Labs Client] C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [gcasServ] "C:\Program Files\Microsoft AntiSpyware\gcasServ.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [yaemu.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\yaemu.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [McAfee QuickClean Imonitor] C:\Program Files\McAfee\McAfee QuickClean\Plguni.exe /START
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Spyware Vanisher] c:\spywarevanisher-free\FreeScanner.exe -FastScan
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [UnSpyPC] "C:\Program Files\UnSpyPC\UnSpyPC.exe"
O4 - Global Startup: WG111v2 Smart Wizard Wireless Setting.lnk = C:\Program Files\NETGEAR\WG111v2 Configuration Utility\RtlWake.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Reader Speed Launch.lnk = C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\reader_sl.exe
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: {17492023-C23A-453E-A040-C7C580BBF700} (Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool) - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=39204
O16 - DPF: {413D6754-BFD4-47FE-9346-319559290BFA} (HTECtrl Class) - http://www.webpcfos.com/webpcfos/websabre/HTEweb.cab
O16 - DPF: {6414512B-B978-451D-A0D8-FCFDF33E833C} (WUWebControl Class) - http://update.microsoft.com/windowsupdate/v6/V5Controls/en/x86/client/wuweb_site.cab?1129742594410
O16 - DPF: {6E32070A-766D-4EE6-879C-DC1FA91D2FC3} (MUWebControl Class) - http://update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate/v6/V5Controls/en/x86/client/muweb_site.cab?1129688269750
O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{90EFB9EB-9957-4A39-AAA7-5E505E90C12D}: NameServer = 85.255.113.93,85.255.112.23
O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{E5D7BF57-B60C-419C-80BD-205AD8FDCD0F}: NameServer = 85.255.113.93,85.255.112.23
O23 - Service: AVG7 Alert Manager Server (Avg7Alrt) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
O23 - Service: AVG7 Update Service (Avg7UpdSvc) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
O23 - Service: McAfee SecurityCenter Update Manager (mcupdmgr.exe) - McAfee, Inc - C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\Agent\mcupdmgr.exe
O23 - Service: TrueVector Internet Monitor (vsmon) - Zone Labs, LLC - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\ZONELABS\vsmon.exe

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Hi kstrass111, welcome to DaniWeb :)

Before doing anything else, uninstall the Spyware Vanisher and UnSpyPC programs using your Add/Remove Programs control panel. Both programs are disreputable in that they report false positives in order to "scare" users into purchasing their full product.
Before downloading/purchasing/installing any supposed "anti-spyware" product, you should consult this list of trusted vs bogus programs.

You will need to disconnect from the Internet for some of the following, so you'll need to print out the following instructions, or save them into a text file with Notepad.


1. Download and run these specific about:blank/Home Search/etc. removal tools (before scanning/fixing with about:buster and CWShredder, use their online update features to make sure you have the most current updates installed):

CWShredder - http://www.intermute.com/spysubtrac...r_download.html
about:Buster - http://www.majorgeeks.com/AboutBuster_d4289.html
HSRemove - http://www.majorgeeks.com/HSRemove_d4286.html
Sp.html-Se.dll Hijack Fix - http://www.majorgeeks.com/Sp.html-S...00XP_d4617.html


2. Download and install these utilities (but do not run scans with them yet):

ewido Security Suite (trial version) - http://www.ewido.net/en/download/
Ad Aware SE Personal - http://www.lavasoftusa.com/
SpyBot Search & Destroy - http://www.safer-networking.org/

- Open ewido. In the main screen, click "Update" and click "Start Update". After the update process completes, exit from Ewido.

- Open MS Antispyware beta. Make sure the "AntiSpyware Autoupdater" feature is enabled, and that it has downloaded the most current antispyware updates. Close the program after you've verified this.

- Open SpyBot and use its update feature to download and install the most current spyware definitions file. Close the program once the update is complete.

- Open AdAware, click the "Check for updates now" button, and follow the prompts to install the most current spyware definition database. Close the program once the update is complete.

- Open McAfee and use its Update feature to make sure that you have the most current virus definitions installed. As with the above programs, don't run a scan with it; just close it once it is updated.


3. Download and install the CCleaner utility, but don't run it yet.


4. Run HijackTHis again, put a check mark next to the following entries, and then click the "Fix checked" button. Close HJT once it has finished performing its fixes:

R3 - Default URLSearchHook is missing
O2 - BHO: Class - {70287588-232F-F15E-0032-852CC2FECDD4} - C:\WINDOWS\mscz32.dll
O2 - BHO: Class - {CC76A8DE-4196-33A2-4D56-645061976E88} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\apikc32.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [iedl32.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\iedl32.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [yaemu.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\yaemu.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Spyware Vanisher] c:\spywarevanisher-free\FreeScanner.exe -FastScan
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [UnSpyPC] "C:\Program Files\UnSpyPC\UnSpyPC.exe"


5. Reboot into Safe Mode (you get to the safe mode boot option by hitting the F8 key as your computer is starting up).


6. Run CleanUP! It may take a while for the program to perform its cleaning, so be patient. Close the program when it has finished.


7. Run AVG, SpyBot, ewido, AdAware, and MS Antispyware beta consecutively; have the programs fix all malicious items they find.

When ewido finds the first malicious object on your system, it will ask you if it should clean it. When it asks this, put a checkmark in the lower left corner of the box that says "Perform action on all infections", then choose clean and click OK.
Save the log file that ewido will create after it finishes scanning; you'll be including that log in your next post here.


8. Open Windows Explorer, and in the Folder Options->View settings under the Tools menu, select "show hidden files and folders", and uncheck "Hide protected operating system files" and "Hide extentions for known file types".

- Locate and delete the following files (some of these should already have been deleted by the removal utilities):

C:\WINDOWS\mscz32.dll
C:\WINDOWS\system32\apikc32.dll
C:\WINDOWS\system32\iedl32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\yaemu.exe
C:\WINDOWS\javaku32.exe

- Delete the following folders entirely:

c:\spywarevanisher-free
C:\Program Files\UnSpyPC


9. Empty your Recycle Bin, reboot normally, run HijackThis again, and post the new log. Also post the log that ewido generated.

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