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firefox redirecting a few specific links to a particular wrong site :(

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#1 nztotoro


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Posted 29 May 2009 - 02:53 AM

hello, i'm having a bizarre issue.

the other day i noticed that when i clicked the 'logout' button on a particular website, instead of taking me to the successful logout page, it would redirect me to another page entirely. it took me to some school district website. a school district i've never heard of. certainly nothing in the area. the address in the address bar was correct (meaning it was the address of the successful logout page, not the school district website)

i occasionally use privoxy and vidalia in conjunction with tor. i messed around and found that i was redirected when i pressed the logout button regardless of whether i was using a proxy or not, and regardless of whether the proxy was manually entered in the browser settings or done using tor. i also found that when i exited privoxy and vidalia, the problem stopped. okay. that was weird.

today, i found that i am unable to access a different site due to being redirected to the same wrong page. i would like to visit icanhascheezburger.com, but when i enter that in the address bar, it redirects me to the school's website but keeps the correct address in the address bar. i can go to one of cheezburger's sister sites, failblog.org and click the link to cheezburger and i get redirected again to the school site again. i did not use a proxy and vidalia and privoxy have not been running at all today.

everything is fine in internet explorer.

i ran an AVG scan and it found nothing. ad aware found nothing, spybot found nothing. i don't know how to read hijackthis logs but apparently i'm not supposed to post that unless asked to do so.

i'd really love to not have to do a system restore. i could do a system recovery but i don't know how far to roll back to because i don't know when i was infected. it could have been dormant for a while, particularly since i haven't downloaded anything except from cnet in the past few weeks.

ideas? help? thoughts?

i'm using firefox 2 on vista32 home premium

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#2 garmanma


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Posted 30 May 2009 - 08:22 PM

Let's see if it's caused by an infection

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.
-- 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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