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Windows update redirects to google (lots o' crap once there), Malwarebytes will install but not run, other spyware programs un-runnable


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#1 andrewbehn

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 03:05 AM

First - thanks in advance for the help!

I (very very stupidly) tried to download the new southpark this evening, and before I knew it I was told I didn't have the right codec and now I have worm/trojan/virus/something.

The symptoms are thus:
Windows update will redirect me to google, and the search results that come up are garbage adware
Malwarebytes will istall if I rename the file, but won't execute once installed

I have also tried to install spybot search and destroy, but can't even get through the installation before I get an error and have to abort.

please help! and thanks!

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 03:21 AM

forgot to post before - I'm running Windows XP service pack 3

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 01:27 PM

Andrew ... I'm having the same problem with my computer and have been checking in to see if you've
got any help solving the problem..... Any luck yet Jim

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 02:59 PM

I haven't had any luck yet - my computer is still functional if I don't try and use google/run anti-spyware. I have a complete backup of my data, so I think I might just reformat and start fresh with a new XP install.

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 09:41 PM

OK - I got my computer back to myself thanks to malwarebytes - heres what I had to do.

WARNING - I AM NOT AN EXPERT. I ONLY UNDERTOOK THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS BECAUSE I HAVE A COMPLETE BACKUP AND WOULDN'T HAVE MINDING FORMATTING/REINSTALLING WINDOWS. THIS MAY BE RISKY BUT IT WORKED FOR ME.

I simply went to www.cnet.com and searched for Malwarebytes, since this internal site search won't get all f'ed up like google. Then, I downloaded the program, but renamed the setup file tool.exe (the virus blocked the installation otherwise). Then, once installed the program wouldn't run. To solve this, I went to C:/program files/malwarebytes/ and changed the executable name to tool.exe (any name other than mbam.exe should work). I performed a quick scan (after disabling symantec so as to not interfere with the malwarebytes scan) and it found a boatload of trouble on my computer, but had no problem taking care of it. voila!

note - I tried to boot into safe mode, but the virus seems to have blocked me from doing so. I haven't tried to boot into safe mode since, so I can't be %100 sure this is all fixed, but I can get back to windows update, google actually googles stuff, and I generally sleep better at night (or will once I go to bed).

cheers!
Andrew

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Posted 17 April 2009 - 04:51 AM

Thanks...I'll give it a try...I had dl'ed the anniversary release of ad-aware ( it updated the def files with no problem) and found
an intruder and removed it. On reboot the problem was still there... I remember reading here about the renaming and tried
it, but I only renamed the .exe file not the setup program before installation..... Thanks again Jim




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