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Nexplore pop-ups, sites redirected

so my issue is as follows:
i primarily use firefox when browsing the internet. now, whenever i search things (almost always via google), internet explorer (which no longer appears in my programs list in my start menu) pops up with 2 or 3 windows at a time with "related" sites to whatever it is i just searched. a lot of them say nexplore. also, if i search things on google in firefox, and click on any of the results, the window that pops up will redirect with the icon in the top left of of the firefox page tab turning to a globe. i haven't noticed any other issues with the computer, it just makes for some frustrating researching... :mad2:
oh, and i've also ran malwarebyte's anti-malware, spybot search and destroy, ad-aware, and what seems like 75 million other programs with no success thus far.

hijackthis log (and i always have a lot of programs running so i'm sorry for the clutter):


Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 5:48:21 PM, on 10/15/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.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\WLTRYSVC.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\bcmwltry.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWService.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\ArcSoft\Connection Service\Bin\ACService.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\Juniper Networks\Common Files\dsNcService.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\LogMeIn\x86\RaMaint.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Update\1.2.183.7\GoogleCrashHandler.exe
C:\Program Files\LogMeIn\x86\LogMeIn.exe
C:\Program Files\LogMeIn\x86\LMIGuardian.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\Common Framework\FrameworkService.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\mdm.exe
C:\Program Files\Memeo\AutoBackup\MemeoBackgroundService.exe
C:\Program Files\ArcSoft\Magic-i 3\uMgiSvr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\Program Files\SigmaTel\C-Major Audio\DellXPM_5515v131\WDM\StacSV.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\CCM\CLICOMP\RemCtrl\Wuser32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\CCM\CcmExec.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashMaiSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashWebSv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWTray.exe
C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe
C:\Program Files\AIM7\aim.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\Common Framework\UdaterUI.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\Common Framework\McTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktop.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktop.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\WISPTIS.EXE
C:\Program Files\ArcSoft\Magic-i 3\Magic-i.exe
C:\Program Files\The Weather Channel FW\Desktop\DesktopWeather.exe
C:\Program Files\Mathcad\Mathcad14\mathcad.exe
C:\Program Files\Mathcad\Mathcad14\mathcad.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\EXCEL.EXE
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe
C:\Program Files\LimeWire\LimeWire.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\limpag01\Application Data\Juniper Networks\Setup Client\JuniperSetupClient.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\WINWORD.EXE
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\Desktop Calendar\Desktop Calendar.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\limpag01\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Google Talk Plugin\googletalkplugin.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\limpag01\Desktop\Downloads\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = https://webmail.villanova.edu/myemail/
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
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
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride = *.local
O2 - BHO: HP Print Enhancer - {0347C33E-8762-4905-BF09-768834316C61} - C:\Program Files\HP\Smart Web Printing\hpswp_printenhancer.dll
O2 - BHO: HP Print Clips - {053F9267-DC04-4294-A72C-58F732D338C0} - C:\Program Files\HP\Smart Web Printing\hpswp_framework.dll
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHelperStub - {18DF081C-E8AD-4283-A596-FA578C2EBDC3} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelperShim.dll
O2 - BHO: Skype add-on (mastermind) - {22BF413B-C6D2-4d91-82A9-A0F997BA588C} - C:\Program Files\Skype\Toolbars\IEPlugin\SKYPEI~1.DLL
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SDHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: ShimHelper Class - {776BAD77-F558-4692-B692-43AFDCFF0320} - C:\Program Files\browserhighlighter\Shim.dll
O3 - Toolbar: The Weather Channel Toolbar - {2E5E800E-6AC0-411E-940A-369530A35E43} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\TwcToolbarIe7.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Mirar - {165E5F30-78E4-434F-BB3A-1CAA1B425C5E} - (no file)
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Google Desktop Search] "C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktop.exe" /startup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [avast!] C:\PROGRA~1\ALWILS~1\Avast4\ashDisp.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MSConfig] C:\WINDOWS\PCHealth\HelpCtr\Binaries\MSConfig.exe /auto
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [DW6] "C:\Program Files\The Weather Channel FW\Desktop\DesktopWeather.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Aim] "C:\Program Files\AIM7\aim.exe" /d locale=en-US
O4 - Global Startup: Post-it® Software Notes Lite.lnk = C:\Program Files\3M\PSNLite\PsnLite.exe
O6 - HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel present
O8 - Extra context menu item: Add to Google Photos Screensa&ver - res://C:\WINDOWS\system32\GPhotos.scr/200
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office12\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_05\bin\ssv.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_05\bin\ssv.dll
O9 - Extra button: The Weather Channel - {2E5E800E-6AC0-411E-940A-369530A35E43} - (no file)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: The Weather Channel - {2E5E800E-6AC0-411E-940A-369530A35E43} - (no file)
O9 - Extra button: HP Clipbook - {58ECB495-38F0-49cb-A538-10282ABF65E7} - C:\Program Files\HP\Smart Web Printing\hpswp_extensions.dll
O9 - Extra button: HP Smart Select - {700259D7-1666-479a-93B1-3250410481E8} - C:\Program Files\HP\Smart Web Printing\hpswp_extensions.dll
O9 - Extra button: Research - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\OFFICE11\REFIEBAR.DLL
O9 - Extra button: AIM - {AC9E2541-2814-11d5-BC6D-00B0D0A1DE45} - C:\PROGRA~1\AIM\aim.exe
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - %windir%\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe (file missing)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @xpsp3res.dll,-20001 - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - %windir%\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe (file missing)
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
O9 - Extra button: The Browser Highlighter - {5FA99BFF-0D30-40a0-9E76-0B4877E2C1D0} - C:\Program Files\browserhighlighter\Shim.dll (HKCU)
O10 - Unknown file in Winsock LSP: c:\program files\bonjour\mdnsnsp.dll
O10 - Unknown file in Winsock LSP: c:\windows\system32\iavlsp.dll
O10 - Unknown file in Winsock LSP: c:\windows\system32\iavlsp.dll
O10 - Unknown file in Winsock LSP: c:\windows\system32\iavlsp.dll
O11 - Options group: [INTERNATIONAL] International
O15 - Trusted Zone: *.microsoft.edu
O15 - Trusted Zone: *.villanova.edu
O15 - Trusted Zone: *.villanova.edu (HKLM)
O16 - DPF: {56762DEC-6B0D-4AB4-A8AD-989993B5D08B} (OnlineScanner Control) - http://www.eset.eu/buxus/docs/OnlineScanner.cab
O16 - DPF: {BB21F850-63F4-4EC9-BF9D-565BD30C9AE9} (a-squared Scanner) - http://ax.emsisoft.com/asquared.cab
O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) - http://fpdownload2.macromedia.com/get/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab
O16 - DPF: {F27237D7-93C8-44C2-AC6E-D6057B9A918F} (JuniperSetupClientControl Class) - https://juniper.net/dana-cached/sc/JuniperSetupClient.cab
O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\Parameters: Domain = vuad.villanova.edu
O17 - HKLM\Software\..\Telephony: DomainName = vuad.villanova.edu
O17 - HKLM\System\CS1\Services\Tcpip\Parameters: Domain = vuad.villanova.edu
O18 - Protocol: ms-help - {314111C7-A502-11D2-BBCA-00C04F8EC294} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Help\hxds.dll
O18 - Filter hijack: text/xml - {807563E5-5146-11D5-A672-00B0D022E945} - C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\MICROS~1\OFFICE12\MSOXMLMF.DLL
O20 - AppInit_DLLs: C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\KIDURUKA.DLL C:\WINDOWS\ C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DMINTF32.DLL C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DMINTF32.DLL C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DMINTF32.DLL C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DMINTF32.DLL C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DMINTF32.DLL C:\PROGRA~1\GOOGLE\GOOGLE~1\GOEC62~1.DLL,C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DMINTF32.DLL
O20 - Winlogon Notify: 10fc5ce8670 - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DMINTF32.DLL
O20 - Winlogon Notify: dimsntfy - %SystemRoot%\System32\dimsntfy.dll (file missing)
O20 - Winlogon Notify: LMIinit - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\LMIinit.dll
O20 - Winlogon Notify: WgaLogon - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\WgaLogon.dll
O21 - SSODL: WPDShServiceObj - {AAA288BA-9A4C-45B0-95D7-94D524869DB5} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\WPDShServiceObj.dll
O23 - Service: ArcSoft Connect Daemon (ACDaemon) - ArcSoft Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\ArcSoft\Connection Service\Bin\ACService.exe
O23 - Service: Adobe LM Service - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe Systems Shared\Service\Adobelmsvc.exe
O23 - Service: Apple Mobile Device - Apple Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
O23 - Service: avast! iAVS4 Control Service (aswUpdSv) - ALWIL Software - C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
O23 - Service: avast! Antivirus - ALWIL Software - C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exe
O23 - Service: avast! Mail Scanner - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashMaiSv.exe" /service (file missing)
O23 - Service: avast! Web Scanner - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashWebSv.exe" /service (file missing)
O23 - Service: Bonjour Service - Apple Inc. - C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
O23 - Service: Juniper Network Connect Service (dsNcService) - Juniper Networks - C:\Program Files\Juniper Networks\Common Files\dsNcService.exe
O23 - Service: DvpApi (dvpapi) - Authentium, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Authentium\AntiVirus\dvpapi.exe
O23 - Service: Google Desktop Manager 5.8.809.23506 (GoogleDesktopManager-092308-165331) - Google - C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktop.exe
O23 - Service: Google Update Service (gupdate) (gupdate) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe" /svc (file missing)
O23 - Service: Google Updater Service (gusvc) - Google - C:\Program Files\Google\Common\Google Updater\GoogleUpdaterService.exe
O23 - Service: iolo FileInfoList Service (ioloFileInfoList) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\iolo\common\lib\ioloServiceManager.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: iolo System Service (ioloSystemService) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\iolo\common\lib\ioloServiceManager.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: iPod Service - Apple Inc. - C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
O23 - Service: Lavasoft Ad-Aware Service - Lavasoft - C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWService.exe
O23 - Service: LogMeIn Maintenance Service (LMIMaint) - LogMeIn, Inc. - C:\Program Files\LogMeIn\x86\RaMaint.exe
O23 - Service: LogMeIn - LogMeIn, Inc. - C:\Program Files\LogMeIn\x86\LogMeIn.exe
O23 - Service: McAfee Framework Service (McAfeeFramework) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\McAfee\Common Framework\FrameworkService.exe" /ServiceStart (file missing)
O23 - Service: MemeoBackgroundService - Memeo - C:\Program Files\Memeo\AutoBackup\MemeoBackgroundService.exe
O23 - Service: MgiSvr - ArcSoft, Inc. - C:\Program Files\ArcSoft\Magic-i 3\uMgiSvr.exe
O23 - Service: NVIDIA Display Driver Service (NVSvc) - NVIDIA Corporation - C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
O23 - Service: SigmaTel Audio Service (STacSV) - SigmaTel, Inc. - C:\Program Files\SigmaTel\C-Major Audio\DellXPM_5515v131\WDM\StacSV.exe
O23 - Service: stllssvr - MicroVision Development, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\SureThing Shared\stllssvr.exe
O23 - Service: Dell Wireless WLAN Tray Service (wltrysvc) - Unknown owner - C:\WINDOWS\System32\WLTRYSVC.EXE

Comments

  • edited Oct 2009
    Hello,

    Nexplore is a search engine. I know that it provides a toolbar for Firefox and Internet Explorer. Check if the Nexplore toolbar is not in the list of engines available in the search bar. Also from the log I noticed traces of Mirar adware. That might be a part of the problem too. Have you tried Spyware Doctor? Downlaod link. Also downlaod CCleaner and remove all junk files, cookies and etc. Oh, and by the way Revo Uninstaller may help as well.
  • Options
    edited Oct 2009
    aktive wrote:
    Hello,

    Nexplore is a search engine. I know that it provides a toolbar for Firefox and Internet Explorer. Check if the Nexplore toolbar is not in the list of engines available in the search bar. Also from the log I noticed traces of Mirar adware. That might be a part of the problem too. Have you tried Spyware Doctor? Downlaod link. Also downlaod CCleaner and remove all junk files, cookies and etc. Oh, and by the way Revo Uninstaller may help as well.

    definitely not one of the search bars. i have a pretty good grip on my computer; no toolbars or anything clutter my browsers unless i want them there. it's not always nexplore popping up either. like i said, i use firefox, but the pop-ups are in internet explorer. for instance, when i opened this site, 2 sites popped up named "free education guide..." etc. spyware doctor didn't work. i've used ccleaner before, reran it now, no luck. it looks like revo uninstaller is just an organized program meant to uninstall programs i've installed already? what's going on with my computer seems like more of a virus than an accidentally downloaded program.

    any other suggestions? :(
  • edited Nov 2009
    Hello, and sorry for the late reply.

    A few things before we start....
    1. Please Read All Instructions Carefully.
    2. If you don't understand something, stop and ask! Don't keep going on.
    3. Please do not run any other tools or scans whilst I am helping you.
    4. If you have to go away for an extended period of time, let me know.
    5. Please continue to respond until I give you the "All Clear".
    (Just because you can't see a problem doesn't mean it isn't there)

    =========

    Your version of HijackThis is outdated.
    Please download the current version here:
    http://www.trendsecure.com/portal/en-US/threat_analytics/hijackthis.php?page=download
    Please save it in a convenient permanent folder,
    and be sure the next log is with the newer version.

    =========

    Now let's have you download ComboFix.exe. Please visit this webpage for downloading and instructions for running the tool:

    Go here ======> A guide and tutorial on using ComboFix <====== Go here

    Please ensure you read this guide carefully and install the Recovery Console first.This applies to XP Pro and XP Home users only.If you have SP3 installed you will need to use the download meant for SP2.

    The Windows Recovery Console will allow you to boot up into a special recovery (repair) mode. This allows us to more easily help you should your computer have a problem after an attempted removal of malware. It is a simple procedure that will only take a few moments of your time.

    Once installed, you should get a prompt that says:

    The Recovery Console was successfully installed.

    Please continue as follows:

    (1) Close/disable all anti virus and anti malware programs so they do not interfere with the running of ComboFix.
    (2) Click Yes to allow ComboFix to continue scanning for malware.

    When the tool is finished, it will produce a report for you.


    Please include C:\ComboFix.txt and a new HijackThis log for further review, so that we may continue cleansing the system.


    Caution: Never run and remove files with Combofix unless supervised by a qualified security analyst who is experienced in the use of Combofix. Misuse can cause serious computer problems.
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