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Google Redirect Malware?

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#1 OldBilly


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Posted 04 March 2010 - 11:22 PM

Hi all,

I have a problem. What I've noticed so far is that when I'm browsing on Firefox and I've searched the google for something, if I click on one of the results, I get sent to an irrelevant site. It happens probably about 4 out of 5 times, and I can always use the back button back to the results. When I click on the desired link the second time, I go to the right place (it's polite malware?) There are three or four sites to which I am directed, regardless of the google search.

I'm using XP. I've got the latest version of Firefox (3.5.8).

I've got AdAware and Spybot S&D that I use occasionally. At first, when I tried to use AdAware, I couldn't reach their servers to update. After reading a lot in these forums, I used HijackThis and eventually Comodo System Cleaner. I got rid of some pretty obvious HKEY redirects in the registry (found by Comodo) and now I can update AdAware and scan stuff. AdAware will go through about 200,000 files on a full scan, then the whole system locks up. I found one file that AdAware called a worm, and when I stopped the scan myself (instead of letting it lock up) I was able to get rid of the worm.

Despite all these efforts, the redirect from the google search results persist.

Attached is the Hijack this log I just made.


Edit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

Oops. GMER and DDS files.

Thanks for the move, animal.

Merged posts. ~ OB

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Edited by Orange Blossom, 05 March 2010 - 08:36 AM.

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#2 OldBilly

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 05:23 PM

Hi all.

Thanks to your excellent help with others with similar problems, I was able to sort out my bugs.

I ran the TDSS killer and it found malware in my atapi file - I don't remember if it said exe or driver.

All problems seem gone now. If y'all think I might have missed something please let me know.


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Posted 08 March 2010 - 11:24 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.

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 10:46 AM

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