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Browser Hijack

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#1 SteveB3578


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Posted 15 April 2008 - 05:21 PM


I am experiencing the very same symptom that results in a lot of unwanted web pages to appear on my computer. I am running Windows XP Media Center Edition and I followed all of the directions in an earlier post regarding running ATF Cleaner and SUPERAntiSpyware in SAFE mode. SUPER did find some malicious objects and quarantined them, but unfortunately, my web browser is still exhibiting the same symptoms.

When I open up Internet Explorer (usually after a period of inactivity) a second window appears that is first directed to url.adtrgt.com, and then navigates to some further unwanted advertisement web page. Here is the latest SUPERAntiSpyware log results from the last run in SAFE mode:

SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log

Generated 04/15/2008 at 01:51 PM

Application Version : 4.0.1154

Core Rules Database Version : 3438
Trace Rules Database Version: 1430

Scan type : Complete Scan
Total Scan Time : 01:31:58

Memory items scanned : 188
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 5489
Registry threats detected : 0
File items scanned : 21272
File threats detected : 2



What should I do now????

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#2 boopme


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Posted 15 April 2008 - 07:55 PM

Hi SteveB3578, I have split your question off to it's own topic. It is always the better way,to have your own topic. Even if it is the same problem it becomes difficult to reply to 2 posters in the same thread.

Please run this scan and post another log.
Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.
alternate download link 1
alternate download link 2
  • Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
  • Double-click on Download_mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
  • When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
  • When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:
    • Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    • Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
  • MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan. If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue. If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.
  • On the Scanner tab:
    • Make sure the "Perform Quick Acan" option is selected.
    • Then click on the Scan button.
  • If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button.
  • The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.
  • When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found".
  • Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.
  • Back at the main Scanner screen, click on the Show Results button to see a list of any malware that was found.
  • Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
  • When removal is completed, a log report will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to restart your computer. (see Note below)
  • The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
  • Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply and exit MBAM.
Note: If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you will be presented with 1 of 2 prompts. Click OK to either and let MBAM proceed with the disinfection process. If asked to restart the computer, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware.
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