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Search engine links redirect to fake result sites

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#1 rch427


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Posted 10 August 2009 - 10:52 PM

Lately, when I use search engines, more often than not when I click on a link in the search results, it takes me to a fake "search" site like scan-your-pc.org, shopica.com, aaa-place.com, wabsterdictionary.com, etc. I can cut-and-paste URLs from the Google or Yahoo search results into a new tab and still go there, but clicking directly on the link often just takes me to those fake sites.

I'm using FireFox 3.6 on a desktop PC running XP Pro, on which I have installed Avast! and WinPatrol. On my FF, I have a bunch of security add-ons including AdblockPlus, FlashBlock, NoRedirect, RedirectCleaner, RefreshBlocker, StopAutplay and others. I've run HijackThis!, but it shows nothing wrong. I've run Spybot S&D, which found nothing. I've checked my registry for rootkits and other bugs, but nothing shows up. Regardless, clearly *something* is redirecting my searches to fake results.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance!

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#2 Demand209


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Posted 10 August 2009 - 10:53 PM

Doing the same here and I got the AVCare Spyware :\

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 10:08 PM

Hello rch427,

I see that you have an HJT log posted here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/250388/search-engines-all-hijack-results-to-fake-search-sites/

We do not allow more than one topic for the same computer and the same issue as this causes confusion, and in this case may make the disinfection process more difficult.

This leaves you with a choice:

1) Have this thread reopened and the HiJack This log topic deleted


2) Keep this thread closed and wait for assistance in the HiJack This log forum. Please note that that forum is VERY busy.

Please send a Private Message to garmanma or myself indicating your choice.

Assuming you wish assistance in the HiJack This forum, you should NOT make further changes to your computer (install/uninstall programs, use special fix tools, delete files, edit the registry, etc) unless advised by a HJT Team member, nor should you continue to ask for help elsewhere. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show in the log you already posted. Further, any modifications you make on your own may cause confusion for the helper assisting you and could complicate the malware removal process which would extend the time it takes to clean your computer.

From this point on the HJT Team should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your log as clean.

Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the HJT Team members are EXTREMELY busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the HJT Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another HJT Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond. Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response but your log will be reviewed and answered as soon as possible

To avoid confusion, I am closing this topic. Good luck with your log.

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