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Gala Search ftw

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#1 Phredrick


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Posted 08 December 2009 - 10:41 PM

I usually have decent success cleaning out machines using a standard battery of tools but this one has got me stumped. The computer was acting up before I got a hold of it. The computer after the logon screen was blank, all black but lit. Safe mode resulted in the same thing. I used the sticky keys activation trick to get a dialogue box with a link to browse which allowed me to run explorer.exe (task manager was not available). MBAM found and deleted multiple objects, I rebooted and the issue was resolved. I then ran an AVG which found only cookies. I ran HJT and removed a couple of obvious baddies--HO entries that cause browser redirection. I guess the only issue now is that when I search for something using the Yahoo or Google toolbar I get redirected to Gala search. The Google page is the actual Google page and not a mock page. System32/drivers/etc/hosts is not present so I'm sure that isn't the cause. On a side note, I believe that my brother deleted the file and don't know if it is necessary for smooth operation so if anyone does, let me know. I ran CCleaner, MBAM, SAS, AVG scan, and then HJT in that order. SAS found nothing.

I am running Vista 32bit.

Thanks for Your Time.

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#2 Phredrick

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Posted 11 December 2009 - 09:42 AM

I have since reformatted the hard drive and reinstalled a fresh copy of Vista. Good luck to those struggling with this one. Thanks to the staff for doing what you do.

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 10:00 AM

Topic closed.

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