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Adopt.specificclick.net Unwanted Url Popup

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#1 dutchhanes


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Posted 19 May 2008 - 11:56 AM

I have a problem with an unwanted URL popup. Don't know how to rid myself of it.

Also another URL (Drudge Report) constantly refreshes every couple of minutes. Another URL (USA Today) opens with drop down menus open.

Suspect malware lurking in my computer.

Appreciate your help.


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Posted 19 May 2008 - 02:13 PM

Welcome to BC dutchhanes.

What OS (Win 2K, XPsp1, XPsp2, Vista) are you using? What type of anti-virus are you using? Have you performed any anti-spyware scans? Have you tried doing your scans in "Safe Mode"?

You need to start there first. If you don't have any anti-virus or anti-malware programs, see BC's list of Freeware Replacements For Common Commercial Apps. There are several free online anti-virus scans listed which you can perform. I would also recommend that you download and scan with SUPERAntiSpyware Free in "Safe Mode".
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#3 dutchhanes

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Posted 20 May 2008 - 05:17 PM

Hello....thanks for your response.

OS is Win XP SP2. Browser is Firefox, but I went back two versions and tried, but no change in the anomolies.
AntiVirus is AVG Free. That's updated and scanned everyday.
I've been using SpyBot and running it about every two weeks or so.
I ran Adaware and then SuperAntiSpyware in Safe Mode, but only picked up tracking cookies. Put them in quarantine.

Next, I tried Internet Explorer 6.0 instead of Firefox. That seemed to get rid of the problems, but I didn't do an extensive test, but I now think that whatever malware/problem I have seems to be aimed at Firefox.

I ran Deckard's and HijackThis, and have those log files available if you want to take a look at them.

Again, thanks for your help.....Dutch

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Posted 20 May 2008 - 09:19 PM

First please run this...and tell ud how the PC is sfter it.

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.
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  • 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 Scan" 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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#5 dutchhanes

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Posted 21 May 2008 - 07:43 AM


Ran Mbam as directed, and no malware was found.

Again, thanks for your help.


Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.12
Database version: 774

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 35819
Time elapsed: 1 minute(s), 59 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 0

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

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Posted 21 May 2008 - 08:31 AM


for firefox remove all


Download the latest version of Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 6 Update 6
and save it to your desktop.
Scroll down to where it says "Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 6u6...allows end-users to run Java applications".
Click the "Download" button to the right.
Read the License Agreement and then check the box that says: "Accept License Agreement".
The page will refresh.
Click on the link to download Windows Offline Installation and save the file to your desktop.
Close any programs you may have running - especially your web browser.
Go to Start > Settings > Control Panel, double-click on Add/Remove Programs and remove all older versions of Java.
Check (highlight) any item with Java Runtime Environment (JRE or J2SE) in the name.
Click the Remove or Change/Remove button.
Repeat as many times as necessary to remove each Java versions.
Reboot your computer once all Java components are removed.
Then from your desktop double-click on jre-6u6-windows-i586-p.exe to install the newest version.

No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try.

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 06:09 AM


I removed the previous version of Java (ver 6 update 5), and installed ver 6 update 6 as you outlined.

Initial testing shows that the pesky unwanted URL popup is gone, and the frequent refreshing of drudgereport.com has disappeared as well!!! The only anomaly left is the drop down issue on usatoday.com. Since that problem doesn't happen with IE6, perhaps it is a Firefox issue, and I'll live with that I guess. Probably a programming error on the part of usatoday.com.

So, let's close this post, and I want to thank all who responded with helpful suggestions!!!

Thanks a lot,


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