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IE Search Results Get Hijacked


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#1 pt34

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Posted 10 August 2009 - 08:38 AM

I've been trying to fix this with anti-virus/spyware/adware programs all weekend. I do a search on IE (8.0) and get the
good results; however, when a click on the reults link, I'm taken to different shopping or anti-virus sites. None of the
various anti-virus/spyware/adware programs have worked to clean this. I have attached a HijackThis log file. The rest of IE seems to work OK.

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 10 August 2009 - 10:06 AM

With IE open...click Tools/Manage Addons.

What's listed under Search Providers?

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Posted 10 August 2009 - 11:17 AM

Bing default enabled
YahooSearch (not available)

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Posted 10 August 2009 - 11:51 AM

Well...I would remove Yahoo Search and I would not necessarily use Bing either.

As a test, I would remove both and assert Google as my default search engine.

I would also take a look at the items listed under Manage Add-Ons/Toolbars & Extensions. Installing some toolbars can often lead to undesireable browser impacts.

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Posted 10 August 2009 - 12:35 PM

No luck. I click on one of the results for a search; and, instead of taking me to that site, it takes me to lowpricshoper.com of some anti-spam site. If I copy and paste the link from the search result listing, it works correctly. My homepage is NOT hijacked.

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Posted 10 August 2009 - 01:18 PM

Try starting IE without Add-Ons, to do this right-click the IE icon and click Start without Add-Ons/
Secondly does the same happen (SE results hijacked) if you use another browser e.g Firefox, Opera Chrome..

Also what programs have you scanned with? Be sure to scan with:

MBAM: http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php
Super Anti-Spyware: http://www.superantispyware.com/

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 02:30 PM

Ran a number of anti/virus/spyware/adware programs including the ones JJ2K recommended. No luck. Deleted IE and re-installed IE 8 - no change. Will delete IE and planning to use Chrome as my preferred browser. Any other suggestions??

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 03:11 PM

You cannot delete IE.

You can roll back to a previous version, you can ignore it.

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