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#1 Leeford

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Posted 19 January 2009 - 07:41 AM

Hello all

A few weeks ago my internet explorer started randomly opening to my homepage and, if I was already browsing, it would redirect me to my homepage as well as opening up to 40-odd other windows. More often than not these pges are almost impossibe to close down and more will take their place when they do, this happens to the point where everything freezes and I have to force it to shutdown. I'm running Avast4 and Zonealarm alongside Spyware Blaster. I have scanned with Spybot, Ad-aware, Malwarebytes and others. All have shown nothing. I understand that this may be hardware as I do have a quick launch key for the internet but as far as i know this wouldn't cause the browser to return to the homepage....or would it? In anycase when I tried this key, even pressing it a dozen or so times, the pages were a lot easier to close down than when even only 6 pages open at random.

It seems to happen in spurts, and sometimes when I'm scanning for spyware, although this is pretty much all that I have done since the problem started.

Any help would be very greatfully recieved.

Thanks.

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#2 Guest_The weatherman_*

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Posted 19 January 2009 - 07:24 PM

Hello there Leeford, welcome to Bleeping Computer.

Before you post in the HijackThis Logs and Virus/Trojan/Spyware/Malware Removal forum, please try a couple of these free online scanners to see if anything has slipped by your protection:
(Be advised that some of these scanners will pickup things in "quarantine" from other anti-virus programs - so review the results carefully)

http://www.pandasecurity.com/homeusers/solutions/activescan/
http://us.mcafee.com/root/mfs/default.asp
http://housecall.trendmicro.com
http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.html
http://support.f-secure.com/enu/home/ols.shtml
http://onlinescan.avast.com/
http://ca.com/us/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspx
http://www.eset.com/onlinescan/

http://www.kaspersky.com/virusscanner Scan Only - no removal


If you find that you're infected (or the scan doesn't complete or closes unexpectedly), post in the Am I Infected forum located here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/103/am-i-infected-what-do-i-do/

regards,
The weatherman

#3 Orange Blossom

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Posted 27 January 2009 - 08:30 PM

Hello Leeford,

I see that you have an HJT log posted here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/198538/internet-explorer-randomly-opening/

We do not allow more than one topic for the same computer and the same issue as this causes confusion, and in this case may make the disinfection process more difficult.

This leaves you with a choice:

1) Have this thread reopened and the HiJack This log topic deleted

OR

2) Keep this thread closed and wait for assistance in the HiJack This log forum. Please note that that forum is VERY busy.

Please send a Private Message indicating your choice.

Assuming you wish assistance in the HiJack This forum, you should NOT make further changes to your computer (install/uninstall programs, use special fix tools, delete files, edit the registry, etc) unless advised by a HJT Team member, nor should you continue to ask for help elsewhere. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show in the log you already posted. Further, any modifications you make on your own may cause confusion for the helper assisting you and could complicate the malware removal process which would extend the time it takes to clean your computer.

From this point on the HJT Team should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your log as clean.

Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the HJT Team members are EXTREMELY busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the HJT Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another HJT Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.

If after 5 days you still have received no response, then post a link to your HJT log in the thread titled "Haven't Had A Reply In Five Days?".

To avoid confusion, I am closing this topic. Good luck with your log.

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