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Google searches redirect, computer slows down and eventually freezes


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#1 Zephyrrr

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Posted 22 December 2009 - 01:38 AM

This has been going on for a few days now. Not sure what I clicked on. At first it only affected Firefox, but even IE seems to be having trouble now.

I'm using Windows XP Home service pack 3. The computer eventually slows down until I have to cycle the power due to lack of activity.

Please help!!

Thanks,
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#2 Zephyrrr

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Posted 22 December 2009 - 09:42 PM

Hey, what's up? Why do some of these get immediate replies and some of them get ignored??? I am having the same trouble as many others. What must I do to get a reply??

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Posted 22 December 2009 - 09:53 PM

Hello and welcome to Bleeping Computer. My name is Computer Pro and I will help with your issue.

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Lets take a look with Malwarebytes

Please download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from here:
Malwarebytes
Please rename the file BEFORE downloading to zztoy.exe instead of mbam-setup.exe

MBAM may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you. Temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.

Double Click zztoy.exe to install the application.
* Make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.
* If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
* Once the program has loaded, select "Perform Full Scan", then click Scan.
* The scan may take some time to finish,so please be patient.
* When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
* Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
* When disinfection is completed, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart.(See Extra Note)
* The log is automatically saved by MBAM and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
* Copy&Paste the entire MBAM report (even if it does not find anything) in your next reply

Extra Note:
If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove,you will be presented with 1 of 2 prompts,click OK to either and let MBAM proceed with the disinfection process, if asked to restart the computer, please do so immediately.


If Malwarebytes won't install or run

Some types of malware will disable MBAM and other security tools. If MBAM will not install, try renaming it. Right-click on the mbam-setup.exe file and change the .exe extension to .bat, .com, .pif, or .scr and then double-click on it to run.

If after installation, MBAM will not run, open the Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware folder in Program Files, right-click on mbam.exe and change the .exe as noted above. Then double-click on it to run.
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#4 Zephyrrr

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 12:40 AM

Thanks for your reply. Here's the log.

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.42
Database version: 3413
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3
Internet Explorer 7.0.5730.13

12/22/2009 11:37:01 PM
mbam-log-2009-12-22 (23-37-01).txt

Scan type: Full Scan (C:\|)
Objects scanned: 342205
Time elapsed: 2 hour(s), 11 minute(s), 12 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 0

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

#5 Zephyrrr

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 09:39 AM

I ran RootRepeal (amazing app!) and it found MBR Rootkit immediately upon doing a file scan (the last thing I tried... figures...). It cleaned it and now everything is back to working fast and well on my machine. No more ravenous disk activity at startup, no more redirecting of searches in web browsers. It seems to have been the only issue as all virus checks come up clean (Avast!, SuperAntiSpyware, MBAM, etc.). I'll check back in if something changes in the coming days.

Many thanks,
Z

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 01:45 PM

Very good. Now it's cleanup time.

I see that you are running Internet Explorer 7. The latest version is 8. Internet Explorer 8 is faster and more secure. You can get the new version from here:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-...wide-sites.aspx

Make sure that you enable the SmartScreen Filter, and I also recommend to make it your default browser and use it because it is safer than Firefox.

Let me know once you have done this.
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