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Antiviral URLs blocked and Search Results Redirected


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#1 Jim in Tennessee

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Posted 05 December 2008 - 08:54 AM

I apparently have one or more viruses in my XP computer that is blocking access to anti-virus we sites and is messing with my browser. When I do a search (either Google or Live Search) the results appear but when I click on a hyperlink I am redirected to an ad site that has some relation to the search terms. Worst of all, very often when I type a URL for an antivirus web site in the browser window, it gets redirected as a Google search and I can't connect to the URL, or I get the message "Internet Explorer cannot display the web page." For example, when I enter http://www.bleepingcomputer.com I get the message that "Internet Explorer cannot display the web page." However, when I click on Diagnose the Connection, Windows reports that the internet connection is fine. Most other (non-antivirus) destinations appear to be immune to this redirection - I can connect to them.

In order to be able to access HijackThis I had to download the program on another computer (that is not infected) and transfer the program to my computer and run it. Then when I run HijackThis the log is prepared, but when I click on "Upload to TrendMicro" I get the error message in my browser, "Internet Explorer cannot display the web page." So I e-mailed the log to the computer I'm using to post this message and I will attach it from this computer.

I have scanned my computer using AVAST and Threatfire, but they have not solved the problem.

Thanks for any help you can provide.

P.S. - Using Foxfire instead of IE produces the same behavior

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#2 Jim in Tennessee

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 10:58 AM

Redirect Address:

I downloaded fixwareout.exe from files.filefront.com and ran that. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THAT ANYONE ELSE DO THAT BECAUSE IT COULD BE MALWARE. Nonetheless, I did it and it tells you it will reboot the computer and it tells you that when it does it will take a long time to reboot. It does take a long time, and that’s pretty scary. However, it did very termporatily mprove the situation. Following that, when I entered a search term in the Google tool bar for non-virus related subject matter, clicking on one of the results that was produced the browser was directed to that website instead of an redirect ad, as before. However, after a few more uses the old problem returned. Enterin a search for "Electrical and Optical Characterization of Bulk Heterojunction" produces a list of results. If you click on one of the search results the browser is redirected to http://playingsearch.com/search2.php?q=ele...+heterojunction

Other parts of the problem also remain.
When www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums is entered in the browser’s URL window, the URL window changes that to:
http://www.google.com/search?q=www.bleepin...amp;startPage=1 and when clicking on that link you are re-directed to http://www.strikingoffers.com/search44.php...gcomputer%2Ecom

When a search for “bleepingcomputer” is entered in the Google toolbar search a link to www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/, is produced. However, a click on that link is directed to:

http://feed.bidsystem.com/a?cat=1164&k...sn=www.Dell.com

In this particular instance, the browser window displays, “invalid tag”. If it weren’t for that error that the virus apparently produced in the re-directed URL address, presumably http://feed.bidsystem.com would have redirected the browser to an ad page based on the type of computer I have, and it would be very difficult to know the route the browser took to get to the ad. I suspect that web site is being used to redirect traffic.

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 11:19 AM

It appears that this same problem was reported December 3, 2008 by someone else under the topic "Browser hijack, blocked from security sites" at http://www.spywareinfoforum.com/lofiversio...hp/t121380.html . So anyone reading this thread may want to also check that thread.

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 03:28 PM

Here's another thread tracking this problem, posted by someone else November 27. 3008. http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/computers/881999/ (Topic is "XP won't restore".) (Another place to check if you're reading this thread looking for a solution.)

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 03:46 PM

ANYONE WITH THIS PROBLEM NEEDS TO PROCEED WITH EXTREME CAUTION. See the link at http://boards.cexx.org/index.php?topic=17973.msg76664 (Topic "redirected hosts = anti malware tools offline + nasty scumware trickery a foot!") This person ending up killing his computer trying to fix the problem.

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 11:36 PM

Hello and welcome to Bleeping Computer

We apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help.

If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a description of your problem, along with any steps you may have performed so far.

Upon completing the steps below a staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.


Thanks and again sorry for the delay.

We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:
  • Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.
  • Double click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.
  • A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.
  • Notepad will open with the results, click no to the Optional_Scan
  • Follow the instructions that pop up for posting the results.
  • Close the program window, and delete the program from your desktop.
Please note: You may have to disable any script protection running if the scan fails to run. After downloading the tool, disconnect from the internet and disable all antivirus protection. Run the scan, enable your A/V and reconnect to the internet. Information on A/V control HERE

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Posted 25 December 2008 - 05:39 PM

Due to the lack of feedback, this Topic is now closed.

In you still have problems, please Start a new topic.

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