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Weird IE Error on Vista SP2


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#1 BlindingLink333

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 07:22 PM

Hello again, world. It seems I have another problem for you brilliant minds to solve. I am working on this machine here, and Internet Exploder (curse the name :huh: ) is having a problem working all of a sudden. When you load iexplore.exe. It brings up a page that resembles an about:blank. However, the homepage (and what it attempts to load) is Yahoo.com. Navigation to other pages yields even fewer results. Now it gets weird:

Tools-> Internet Options does not work. However, I can disable UAC (and restart), and see the Options window. To make matters worse, I am able to right-click, Run as Administrator, and everything will work without fail. From this mode, I dl'ed Firefox 3.6, just to troubleshoot, and it works without fail.

Things I have tried:

Cleared Cache/Personal Settings
hard reset IE (Options -> Advanced -> Reset..)
Checked for bad/incompatible add-ons
Attempted no add-ons mode
deleted IE8, and re-installed it.

I read on a related forum that the issue is resolved by disabling the Sophos On-Access Scanner / IE Add-on but it is not on this machine. I also read that it could be related to the Malware/Virus "Vundo".

I ran a very powerful program we call VundoFix that would fix it, But Vundo was not present. I was unable to locate any kind of UAC* variant virus either.

Anyone up for a challenge? I can post logs for Combofix/HJT if necessary.

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 08:25 PM

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 08:44 PM

If you suspect, your computer is infected


That's just it. I don't want to say its an infection, because my scans should have found something by now.

I should also mention that the same symptoms exist in safe mode, but programs requiring updates work fine in the update process.

Another oddity I have now noticed is that the shortcut "Win key + Pause/Break" and similarly, "Windows Pearl (Start) -> right click: My Computer -> Properties" do not load the computer properties menu, but the link from control panel works fine.

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 08:46 PM

Go Start>Run ("Start Search" in Vista/7), type in:
sfc /scannow
Click OK (hold CTRL, and SHIFT, hit Enter in Vista/7).
Have Windows CD/DVD handy (with Vista/7, most likely, you won't need it).
If System File Checker (sfc) will find any errors, it may ask you for the CD/DVD (rarely in Vista/7 case).

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