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#1 whyme09

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 12:42 PM

Hi

This is my first post and thanks for looking to see if you can help me.

I think my PC may have been infected with a virus as whenever I do a search using Google or other search engines either with IE or Firefox, when you click on a link you get re-directed to an ad site. If you press your back button it will take you to the site you initially clicked on to see or sometimes it just closes down IE/Firefox altogether.

I have tried Spybot and AVG but they haven't solved the problem.

I would really welcome any feedback on whether this is a virus and if it is, how to get rid of it. I am at a loss what to do next!

A friend of mine has suggested that I completely reinstall Windows but I thought there must be an easier way...

Thanks very much in advance

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#2 garmanma

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 09:23 PM

Welcome to BC

The process of cleaning your computer may require you to temporarily disable some security programs. If you are using SpyBot Search and Destroy, please refer to Note 2 at the bottom of this page.

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.
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  • Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
  • Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
  • When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
  • When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:
    • Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    • Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.
  • If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself.
  • Press the OK button to close that box and continue.
  • If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.
On the Scanner tab:
  • Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.
  • Then click on the Scan button.
  • If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button.
  • The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.
  • When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found".
  • Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.
Back at the main Scanner screen:
  • Click on the Show Results button to see a list of any malware that was found.
  • Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
  • When removal is completed, a log report will open in Notepad.
  • The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
  • Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply and exit MBAM.
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-- If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you may be asked to reboot your computer so it can proceed with the disinfection process. Regardless if prompted to restart the computer or not, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot normally (not into safe mode) will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware.

Note 2:
-- MBAM may make changes to your registry as part of its disinfection routine. If you're using other security programs that detect registry changes (like Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere with the fix or alert you after scanning with MBAM. Please disable such programs until disinfection is complete or permit them to allow the changes. To disable these programs, please view this topic: How To Temporarily Disable Your Anti-virus, Firewall And Anti-malware Programs
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#3 jt58

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 11:01 PM

Hello:

My computer has the same problem. I've tried AVG, AdAware, Spybot, Hijack This, MalWareBytes (as suggested in previous post) but cannot locate it. Fortunately, I have a Ghost image of my hard drive from 3 months ago. When I restore it, my computer seems to be trouble free for a day or two and then the redirection starts again.

I suspect that the virus/trojan may be dormant in an older file because after restoring the Ghost image I was able to update to XP Service Pack 3 and put in all the missing security patches (XP and Office 2003). It wasn't until the next day, after a few Google searches that the redirection started again. As well, I'm working in Access quite a bit so I'm wondering if its hiding in an mdb. I haven't yet found any pattern to reactivating it. I can go into Access, Google, Access, Google ... and so on without doing anything new and the redirection seems to start at random.

I would appreciate any suggestions that anyone can offer.

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 01:33 PM

Welcome to BC jt58

If you have an issue or problem you would like to discuss, please start your own topic. Doing that will help to avoid the confusion that often occurs when trying to help two or more members at the same time in the same thread. Even if your problem is similar to the original poster's problem, the solution could be different based on the kind of hardware, software, system requirements, etc. you are using and the presence of other malware. Further, posting for assistance in someone else's topic is not considered proper forum etiquette.

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