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google search results show false links to casino or ads websites

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#1 Francisco Cortes

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Posted 21 February 2009 - 09:21 PM

I thought I would share what happened to me and what happened to the another member of this website, whose topic is already closed and is the reason wny i decided to open a new topic as I had something to add from my own experience dealing with the problem


my system:

I got windows xp pro sp3
avg 7.5
adaware 2009
spybot search and destroy
a squared

the problem

everytime I would open ie7 and would go to google to search for something the first hits (search results) among others would provide what seem like a ligitimate and good website link but the actual website to the link was something related with "casinos" or with metasearch websites to other selling/ad websites or to phony antivirus/spyware websites.


1. the computer was cleaned up with the tools mentioned above but the problem remained.
2. I used http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/files/smitfraudfix.php as directed by other member who posted a very similar problem (if not the same) but the problem remained.
3. as per a different user on another website I decided to use combofix. the problem was resolved

this was the result of the clean up (file deletion) that combofix did for me.


combofix seem like a very solid and strong tool, (I had to restart my explore.exe to get my desktop back after combofix did its deed.. no biggy, though)
I'm not a combofix expert so I still suggest that if you're using the tool you read first about it and if needed consult with a trained combofix specialist if follow up is needed on your malware problem.

Edited by Orange Blossom, 22 February 2009 - 12:53 AM.
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Posted 23 February 2009 - 02:07 PM

Please note the message text in blue at the top of this forum.

You should not be using Combofix unless instructed to do so by a Malware Removal Expert who can interpret the logs. It is a powerful tool intended by its creator to be "used under the guidance and supervision of an expert", NOT for private use. Combofix was never meant to be used as a general purpose malware scanner like SuperAntispyware or Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. Using this tool incorrectly could lead to disastrous problems with your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. Please read Combofix's Disclaimer.

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