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"webelight" Infection?


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#1 theshark

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 07:42 PM

Hello all -

I got onto my laptop tonight which I have had for about a year and not had a single problem with, though I admit I should be a lot more consistent with scans.

I am now having problems nearly identical to what this guy had and described here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/114083/infected-by-unknown-regenerating-trojanmalware/

I found that thread when searching for the webelight and it is the only thing I can find.

When I try going to websites or searches using either Firefox and Internet Explorer it brings up a fake-porn esque-site always with the address webelight.com ect ect. at the top.

Anyone know about this or no what I can do? Thanks much in advance.

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 10:33 PM

Not much info on the web. Try scanning with the two programs below and let us know what they find.

Install Super Antispyware free. Run it in safe mode. Allow it to quarantine whatever it finds.
http://www.superantispyware.com/

Run the online scan for Bit Defender in normal mode. Allow it to quarantine whatever it finds.
http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.html

How to Start Windows in Safe Mode:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/how-to-start-windows-in-safe-mode/

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 06:51 AM

I am no longer getting the fake websites coming up however my internet is going something like 70% slower and some things "like this forum" are simply showing up in HTML.

Thank you or the links. I will try them today after work and let you know what comes up.

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 08:00 AM

A slow browser is a common complaint with various causes and possible solutions. What works for one person may not work for another.

If your Internet connection is slow and your not finding any malware, see:
Its not always malware: How to fix the top 10 Internet Explorer issues.
Internet Explorer stops responding, stops working, or restarts.
Troubleshooting slow Internet connection.
Get to the bottom of a slow Internet connection.
Troubleshoot A Slow Cable Modem.

If your using Internet Explorer 7, the Phishing Filter could be causing your computer to respond very slowly as it evaluates Web page contents. See The Phishing Filter may slow down the PC and How to optimize or reset Internet Explorer 7.

If you have a lot of BHOs attached to Internet Explorer, you could try improving performance by disabling those which are unecessary. Incompatible browser extensions, add-ons, spyware or malware can cause compatibility issues and crashes in IE. See Troubleshooting and Internet Explorer’s (No Add-ons) Mode.
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Posted 17 November 2007 - 03:14 PM

After deleting Trojans the problem now seems to be Adware.Tracking Cookies.

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 03:32 PM

There are two common types of cookies. One type is necessary for you to interact with websites, forums, etc. The other type is "third party cookies". Those are installed on your computer by advertisers. Totally unnecessary and easily blocked from installing. Follow the simple instructions in the link below. After blocking the "third party cookies" you will need to delete the ones already installed on your computer.
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-v...

You can delete the cookies and other debris from your computer.
Remove temporary files, logs, cookies, etc. by using Ccleaner. Do not use "Advanced Settings" or the "Issues" button. Use only the default settings. http://www.ccleaner.com/
During install you will be offered the Yahoo Toolbar. UNcheck if not wanted.

Edited by buddy215, 17 November 2007 - 03:35 PM.

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 03:39 PM

Cookies are text string messages given to a Web browser by a Web server. Whenever you visit a web page or navigate different pages with your browser, the web site generates a unique ID number which your browser stores in a text (cookie) file that is sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from that server. Cookies allow third-party providers such as ad serving networks, spyware or adware providers to track personal information. The main purpose of cookies is to identify users and prepare customized Web pages for them.

Types of Cookies:
1st-Party cookies are from the web site (URL) you are visiting.
3rd-Party cookies are from another web site that places content on that 1st-party site.
Legacy Cookies are cookies that were present before IE 6.0 was installed or imported from another browser.

Cookies can be categorized as:
Trusted cookies are from sites you trust, use often, and want to be able to identify and personalize content for you.
Nuisance cookies are from those sites you do not recognize or often use but somehow it's put a cookie on your machine.
Bad cookies are those that can be linked to an ad company or something that tracks your movements across the web. They are called "profiling cookies," "persistent cookies," "long term tracking cookies," "third party tracking cookies" or "tracking cookies”.

The type of cookie that is a cause for concern is the last category because they can be considered a privacy risk. These types of cookies are used to track your Web browsing habits (your movement from site to site). Ad companies use them to record your activity on all sites where they have placed ads. They can keep count of how many times you visited a web page, store your username and password so you don't have to log in and retain your custom settings. When you visit one of these sites, a cookie is placed on your computer. Each time you visit another site that hosts one of their ads, that same cookie is read, and soon they have assembled a list of which of their sites you have visited and which of their ads that you have clicked on. They are used all over the Internet and advertisement companies often plant them whenever your browser loads one of their banners. Cookies are NOT a "threat". As text files they cannot be executed to cause any damage. Cookies do not cause any pop ups nor do they install malware.

As long as you surf the Internet, you are going to get cookies and some of your security programs will flag them for removal. However, you can minimize this by reading "Blocking & Managing Unwanted Cookies"
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Posted 29 February 2008 - 12:41 PM

I had problems just the other day with the "webelight" misdirect. I ran my anti virus scan (AVG), did spyware scans (both AdAware and Spybot), but it did not solve the problem.

What I ended up doing was to go back to a previous restore point (I went back to a date one week prior just to be sure) and this took care of it! What a relief! Was thinking I would have to wipe my drive and reload.

Edited by seamonkey, 29 February 2008 - 12:42 PM.





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