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All browsers unable to display web pages.

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#1 djmumbles


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Posted 25 January 2009 - 05:00 AM

Hi there all,

I am running XP pro SP3.

All my browsers are unable to display web pages. I have tried countless things to attempt to fix.. Including WinSock Fix, Winsock 2 Fix, TCP/IP reset, netsh reset commands, Ad-Aware scan, s&d scan, AVG 8 scan, combofix scan, system file check scan and a few other utils i can't remember.

When I open IE7, it seems to want to re-direct somewhere immediately... I can see the magnifying glass icon appear at the bottom left hand part of the screen, like it does when the browser attempts a default search. This all happens before I even type anything into the navigation bar.

If I attempt to connect to a local network IP address on my network, I get the same issue, as if it were trying to redirect somewhere. IE7 goes 1 step further and replaces what I have type with:


Firefox does not have the same re-direct symptom, but the end result is the same. Unable to display web page. I also have apple's Saffari, and it is unable to connect to any URL i enter.

If I time things correctly I can sometimes get IE7 to start spawing mutiple sessions of itself. This happens if I open IE7, then close it before it can attempt to complete the re-direct.

Any application that replies on IE7 objects or winsock related stuff does not work either. They are unable to connect beyond my computer.

I can connect to ip addres without the browser attempting to re-direct.

I am able to ping valid public dns/ip addresses on the net such ad google.com anf yahoo.com.

As instructed I have downloaded DDS scan and have attached the following logs in a zip file to the email


Dj Mumbles.

My restore points were either cleared by the malware or the tools I have used attempting to fix this problem.

Microsoft update fails to connect through the browser.

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#2 djmumbles

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Posted 05 February 2009 - 05:37 AM

Hi all,

To any one who might be having a similar problem, here is what I did to fix/diagnose the problem.

I had suffered from an attack from Vundoo and DNSDownloader and another malware that redirected all my searches to other bogus search pages.

At this point I could no longer use Firefox to browse the web, it was telling me it was unable to connect to the site or display pages.

I was able to use IE to browse and al my other internet apps worked.

I then used SuperAntispyware to remove the redirect google problem.

If I recall correctly, this fixed the redirect problem with google.

It must of been when I rebooted the laptop (as apose to suspend it), that I could then no longer use IE or any other browser to broswe or connect (just like my problem with firefox, above).

I then used MalwareBytes to remove traces of Vundoo and DNSChanger or Downloader.

This did not fix my problem.

I used various other tools to perform further cleans, which did not fix the problem.

I had also performed all the System reset and fix it tools which, also did not fix the problem.

Ok, I post this message.... Get no response....

Drastic measures....

I upgrade XP to Vista Ultima.


This did not fix the problem.... :)

I started then loaded the new Vista Intel Pro Wireless driver, coz I just upgraded to vista, da.

Installing the Vista drivers FIXED THE PROBLEM!! :thumbup2:

So at 1 point in time, my wireless driver settings/config/file had become corrupt.

I had tried re-installing the XP driver when I was in XP, but did no restart between the un-install and the re-install of the driver.

I am assuming this did not cleanly remove the driver settings, and therefore re-installing had not effect.

Vista, probably has different network requirements and parameters and would require settings/config/files to be modified/upgraded.

Some sort of sanity check would probably be performed to ensure the new settings/config/files works.

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