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Malware Redirect (?) in Google Search Results


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#1 UberSpock

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 03:12 PM

The short version: My Google search seems to be infected with malware. When I conduct a search in Google, half of the time I click on links, I'm redirected to other websites. I occasionally get random popup adverts as well.

Neither Malwarebytes nor SpyWare Doctor has picked up anything in system scans. I would like to find and eliminate the source of the problem.


The long version:

About a month ago, Google Chrome started misbehaving. When I tried to open a webpage, it would act like it was loading, but the page would never load. I was able to use other browsers, but being partial to Chrome, I tried to find a way to continue using it as I had been previously.

I found a workaround - "no sandbox" mode. Unfortunately, I didn't realize that this would leave me exposed to viruses and malware contained in any websties I visited.

Over the course of the last month, several problems cropped up. My Norton Antivirus picked up and blocked a constant stream of malicious attacks on my computer. Then, the "Windows 7 Security Center" refused to turn on. I (stupidly) ignored this until yesterday.

Last night, the problem worsened. Popus for "Win 7 Defender" kept coming up, so I did a bit of research, downloaded both SpyWare Doctor and Malware Bytes, scanned using both, and used Malware Bytes to eliminate "Win 7 Defender." I then went into services.misc and turned the "Windows Security Center" service back on, and rebooted. "Win 7 Defender" seems to have been eradicated, and the "Windows Security Center" seems to be in perfect working order. I also uninstalled Chrome and am now using Opera.

However, I have one lingering problem. Google search seems to still be infected with malware. When I conduct a search in Google, half of the time I click on links, I'm redirected to other websites. I occasionally get random popup adverts as well.

Neither Malwarebytes nor SpyWare Doctor has picked up anything in system scans. I would like to find and eliminate the source of the problem.

(And in an ideal world, I'd love to find out how to make Chrome work again - but I've scoured the Google forums for a solution, and even the wizards in Mountain View don't seem to know how to combat that problem.)

THANK YOU for your help!

My PC:
Lenovo Thinkpad T61p
Core 2 Duo T8300 2.40GHz
Windows 7 32bit
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NVIDIA Quadro running GeForce 8600M GT drivers

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 10:02 PM

Mods, please ignore/close this post - I reposted this query in the Malware Logs section, with all of my Malware logs. Thanks!

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 10:10 PM

Hello,

Now that you have posted a log here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/312912/google-misdirects-search-results-malware/ you should NOT make further changes to your computer (install/uninstall programs, use special fix tools, delete files, edit the registry, etc) unless advised by a MRT Team member, nor should you ask for help elsewhere. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show in the log you already posted. Further, any modifications you make on your own may cause confusion for the helper assisting you and could complicate the malware removal process which would extend the time it takes to clean your computer.

From this point on the MRT Team should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your log as clean.

Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the MRT Team members are EXTREMELY busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the MRT Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another MRT Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.

Please be patient. It may take several days to get a response but your log will be reviewed and answered as soon as possible. I advise checking your topic once a day for responses as the e-mail notification system is unreliable.

To avoid confusion, I am closing this topic. Good luck with your log.

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