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Browsing History in Address Bar Won't Disappear


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#1 rerun6177

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 12:39 PM

Hey all, looking for some insight or ideas here cause I am baffled.

I can delete my history, temp files etc etc... but a few select websites still appear in my web browser (thr drop down bar). After I delete the history, I go back and check and my history and temp files are deleted. I even went to regedit and nothing is in the file but yet if I type a "G" in the address bar an old google search I did auto completes in the drop down bar.... this happens with about half a dozen select sites. It is all from one particular browsing session, because all the sites I visted in an hour span have kind of been locked in time. And none of the sites are malicious, they are all well known sites (no porn or anything crazy like that).

I have tried everything I can think of. I have tried clearing Auto Complete, Windows Washer (which typically cleans out the entire browsing history/address bar), I have tried deleting the history/temp files manually, I tried deleting it in regedit, I looked over my favorites to ensure that nothing was saved there and it's clear and finally after running two spyware programs and Norton scans I turned it over to HiJackThis. I went through the whole process and cleared the machine out. I was certain that when we were done, the browsing history would go away, but it hasn't.

I am still very suspicious that it is some sort of malware.. I just don't have anyother way to explain it. Thoughts?

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 01:12 PM

Hello, try running ATF Cleaner. if you still suspect malware after then make a post in the Am I Infected section.

Please download ATF Cleaner by Atribune & save it to your desktop.
  • Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.
  • Under Main "Select Files to Delete" choose: Select All.
  • Click the Empty Selected button.
  • If you use Firefox browser click Firefox at the top and choose: Select All
  • Click the Empty Selected button.
    If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
  • If you use Opera browser click Opera at the top and choose: Select All
  • Click the Empty Selected button.
    If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
  • Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.
Note: On Vista, "Windows Temp" is disabled. To empty "Windows Temp" ATF-Cleaner must be "Run as an Administrator".
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#3 rerun6177

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 01:31 PM

Hello, try running ATF Cleaner. if you still suspect malware after then make a post in the Am I Infected section.

Please download ATF Cleaner by Atribune & save it to your desktop.

  • Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.
  • Under Main "Select Files to Delete" choose: Select All.
  • Click the Empty Selected button.
  • If you use Firefox browser click Firefox at the top and choose: Select All
  • Click the Empty Selected button.
    If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
  • If you use Opera browser click Opera at the top and choose: Select All
  • Click the Empty Selected button.
    If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
  • Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.
Note: On Vista, "Windows Temp" is disabled. To empty "Windows Temp" ATF-Cleaner must be "Run as an Administrator".


Thanks, I tried it, no luck. I guess I will have to post in the "Am I Infected" area...

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 07:10 PM

This is a duplicate of the topic here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/215644/pretty-sure-i-am-infected-but-what/ To avoid confusion I am closing this topic.

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