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#1 CommMajor101

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 10:51 PM

Hi everyone,
I think I have a virus, but I'm not sure. Here's why. Sometimes while doing a search say in Google, I'll click on a link and it'll take me to some sort of ad and it's not the site I originially clicked on from the search engine. Also, it's happened more than once and with multiple different sites. Any ideas what this could be?

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 11:02 PM

classic browser hijack attempts.

get a good anti-virus, update it, and run a scan

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Posted 09 December 2008 - 06:46 AM

Any suggestions for a good anti-virus?

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Posted 09 December 2008 - 01:28 PM

Plenty! ;)

Anti-Malware products list @ BC Forum


Personally I use the following combo and it works on both my XP Home SP 2 IE 7 and my VISTA Home Basic SP 1:

AVG Free 8.0 anti-virus from Grisoft
Spybot Search and Destroy anti-spyware and innoculator
AdAware 2008 Free anti-adware from Lavasoft
Advanced System Care 3 (formerly Advanced Windows Care 2) multi-utility and innoculator from IOBit
MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (like the name says) anti-malware from MBAM
CCleaner utility
Disk Defrag and Registry Defrag from Auslogics

My tech buddies with Firefox tend to prefer Avast or Avira over AVG as AVG/FF can sometimes have issues. HijackThis is also an excellent product and I use it for additional "double checking" ;)


Hope it helps!!

Edited by TSalarek, 09 December 2008 - 01:30 PM.


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Posted 09 December 2008 - 06:38 PM

Thanks so much!!!

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 08:58 AM

All those free programs are terrific! Thank you. It's funny how they all detected different stuff. Anywho, I can't find Advanced System Care 3 or HijackThis.

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 08:18 PM

thought BC had a link to HJT in that thread..hmm, 2 below AdAware and 2 above Spybot....heh, good place for it ;)

EDIT: it does...4th from the top

ASC was formerly Advanced Windows Care. not anti-malware as it's a system utility, but it includes a cookie cleaner and an innoculator

IOBit Home, maker of AWC2 and ASC3

I take it the programs found your bug, then?

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 09:14 PM

Dunno if they've found the bug yet still downloading all the programs. But I'm hoping cause I'm scared to do anything important on my computer right now.

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 09:17 PM

most of them will let you save a log that canthen be uploaded and attached here. Hijack This (HJT) has it's own forum for logs and any HJT logs posted outside that forum get moved by the mods.

Just in case you didn't already know ;)

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 09:28 PM

So here's a question, is it better to deny access, quarantine, heal or delete the things that these programs are detecting?

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 09:45 PM

which program and what did it find? though prolly quarantine for now so a log can go up for review

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 10:05 PM

Oh ok, I've been selecting fix, heal or delete - lol. Will do for the next time. Thanks again for all your help.

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 11:09 PM

They should still do a log with fix/heal, quarantine is just precautionary in case the program misrecognizes a vital file due to infection.


There's about a zillion different hijackers out there and it's relatively unusual to find one by itself. You're still in diagnostic phase on this, once you move into recovery it's gonna be scan-heal-scan-heal-...until the scans come back clean.

If they name anything letme know what it is and which program found it...there'll prolly be multiples of any bug located, one listing here is fine for starters




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