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Persistant Browser Hijacker Causing Google Search Problems


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#1 Julian Ooi

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 05:53 AM

I have a Toshiba Equium A300D PSAK2E laptop running Vista Home Premium SP2. I recently downloaded a program which must have had a browser hijacker incorporated. I did scan the executable file before installing with Avast! Home Edition 5 but nothing was detected.

After installing the program I found that every time I perform a search on Google and follow a link from the search results, I am navigated to a different web page; either an advertisment or a malicious website.

I have done a full sytem scan with Avast! and Ad-Aware which did not find anything. I have tried HijackThis using the HijackThis Log File Auto Analysis page (www.hijackthis.de) but found nothing. I have also checked my start up applications with autoruns and checked the running processes in task manager but cannot find anything.

I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling Firefox, which is my default browser, but to no avail. (The hijacker affects Internet Explorer as well.)

Does anyone have any ideas please?

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#2 Julian Ooi

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 10:34 AM

After my first post I downloaded MBAM and ran a full system scan. It found a few infections which I removed.

Now firefox seems to be working ok.

Cheers anyway.




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