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Google Replaces Yahoo Homepage


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#1 JCM123

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 06:26 PM

Hello everyone, this is my first post. I was on the internet last night and I seem to have picked up a virus.

Here is the problem. When I click my internet explorer it normally launches the Yahoo! homepage. Since last night, it instead takes me to the Google homepage/search engine. I am forced to go to the address bar and manually select the Yahoo! homepage.

Even then, my problems are not over. If I use web search function it still redirects me to the Google page. Let me give you an example:


1) I click on the Internet explorer icon. It takes me to Google page instead of the Yahoo page.

2) I go to the address bar an type in www.Yahoo.com to be redirected.

3) Once I am on the Yahoo homepage I decide to do a search. For example, CBSnews.com. The search results come up. I click on the link to be taken to the site. Instead, I am redirected to one of the following sites;

a) Google
:thumbsup: www.consumerrewardzone.com, www.coupon-mountain.com, www.InfoseekA.com, etc.


I have tried going back to the control panel and setting/internet options. I set Yahoo.com as my homepage but it keeps sending me to Google regardless.


How do I get my computer back? Please help me identify this virus and get it off my computer. Any help would be appreciated, thank you.

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 07:37 PM

Hello and welcome, Please tell us your Operating System (XP,2000 etc..)
What Antivirus and spyware tools are installed on this machine? Have you performed a scan,with what results?

Please do this also.
Download Attribune's ATF Cleaner and then SUPERAntiSpyware , Free Home Version. Save both to desktop ..
DO NOT run yet.
Open SUPER from icon and install and Update it
Under Scanner Options make sure the following are checked (leave all others unchecked):
Close browsers before scanning.
Scan for tracking cookies.
Terminate memory threats before quarantining
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Click the "Close" button to leave the control center screen and exit the program. DO NOT run yet.

Now reboot into Safe Mode: How to enter safe mode(XP)
Using the F8 Method
Restart your computer.
When the machine first starts again it will generally list some equipment that is installed in your machine, amount of memory, hard drives installed etc. At this point you should gently tap the F8 key repeatedly until you are presented with a Windows XP Advanced Options menu.
Select the option for Safe Mode using the arrow keys.
Then press enter on your keyboard to boot into Safe Mode.


Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.
Under Main "Select Files to Delete" choose: Select All.
Click the Empty Selected button.

If you use Firefox or Opers browser click that browser at the top and choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt
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Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.

NOW Scan with SUPER
Open from the desktop icon or the program Files list
On the left, make sure you check C:\Fixed Drive.
Perform a Complete scan. After scan,Verify they are all checked.
Click OK on the summary screen to quarantine all found items.
If asked if you want to reboot, click "Yes" and reboot normally.

To retrieve the removal information after reboot, launch SUPERAntispyware again.
Click Preferences, then click the Statistics/Logs tab.
Under Scanner Logs, double-click SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log.
If there are several logs, click the current dated log and press View log.
A text file will open in your default text editor.
Please copy and paste the Scan Log results in your next reply.
Click Close to exit the program.

Please ask any needed questions,post log and Let us know how the PC is running now.
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Posted 12 March 2008 - 10:19 PM

OK, thank you. I will go ahead and do that. I will post again with the results.

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 09:26 AM

Please tihs info also
Please tell us your Operating System (XP,2000 etc..)
What Antivirus and spyware tools are installed on this machine? Have you performed a scan,with what results?
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Posted 13 March 2008 - 08:30 PM

I am running microsoft Windows XP, Home Edition, version 2002, Service Pack 2.

I have run a scan with Spybot. Its the only antivirus installed. It did not resolve the issue. I will run the procedure you recommend below and post the results.

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 08:41 PM

OK good,yes I would like to see the SAS scan log,thanks.
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