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Have some type of hijacker

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#1 mad119


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Posted 27 November 2009 - 04:45 PM

I don't know what is causing this. When Internet Explorer 8 starts, I get an error:

Windows Search Engine Protection
an unkown application is trying to change your default search engine
What would you like to do?
Keep my current search engine (Recommended)
Replace my default search engine with the one from the unkown application

I have been "x"ing out of this window when I get this.

I then get this "Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage".
The home page was aol.com, but it changed it to aoll.com. I get the same message as above, but in the address bar, it changes to the url in the attached file wierdURL.txt.

I tried to get to Yahoo and Google, as well as this site, and I get the same message. I can ping all three sites without a problem. I can also ping aoll.com (IP reported as I also tried to get to my router, but it would not let me get it via the IP address.

I ran the utilities suggested, DDS and Root Repeal, the log files are attached. I did get an error when running Root Repeal, "Root Repeal Error, 'invalid PE image found'". I also got another error from the software, "could not read System Registry contact the author".

I was able to load AVAST, and Zone Alarm by downloading them to my computer and using a thumb drive to load them. AVAST cannot update it's dat file, nor update it's program, when I ran it, I found several virus's and trojans which I removed. I am unable to set it up to do a boot scan, so I can't find anything else.

I loaded MalwareBytes software as well as RKill. I run RKill, then I installed the MalwareBytes software. Copied the file into the folder and ran it. I would not access the site to update the software. I ran it anyway, and it found some stuff, but there is a large difference between the two versions.

I have also uninstalled IE, then re-installed it. I still have the problem.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted 05 December 2009 - 07:20 AM

Hello and welcome to Bleeping Computer

We apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.

If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine.  

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Thanks and again sorry for the delay.

We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine.  Please perform the following scan:
  • Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links.  Save it to your desktop.
  • Double click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.
  • A small box will open, with an explanation about the tool.  No input is needed, the scan is running.
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  • Follow the instructions that pop up for posting the results.
  • Close the program window, and delete the program from your desktop.
Please note:  You may have to disable any script protection running if the scan fails to run.  After downloading the tool, disconnect from the internet and disable all antivirus protection.  Run the scan, enable your A/V and reconnect to the internet.  

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Posted 13 December 2009 - 02:21 PM

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