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Internet Explorer Ads / Microsoft Phishing Filter

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#1 ekay417


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Posted 08 July 2010 - 06:19 AM

I'm currently running Windows XP SP3. I am a Firefox user who almost never uses Internet Explorer, but yesterday a random ad popped up using the IE browser. When I closed it, an alert saying this page has an unspecified potential security risk showed up, and asked if I would like to continue, and I clicked no. After that, Microsoft Phishing Filter appeared asking if I wanted to turn it on, turn it off, or ask me later. I didn't know if this was legitimate, so I closed out of it everytime it popped up.

Now, the pop-up ads appear around every 30-60 minutes (varies) through IE. Also, I noticed that the iexplore.exe process was running even though I closed the ad and all associated windows. When I ended the process, iexplore.exe, IE just opens again with alerts such as the Microsoft Phishing Filter, if I want to set IE as my default browser, and an alert about Privacy and Cookies. It's a never ending cycle everytime I try to close the process again, with the same alerts showing up and the process showing up again. There was also an instance where two processes with the name, iexplore.exe, were running.

I ran MBAM, and it removed some malware. I then ran Avast!, and it removed another malware and a trojan. I then ran CCleaner and used it to delete my Temporary Internet Files. I then ran Spybot, and it removed a lot of spyware from my computer. However, after all of that, the popup ads still appear along with IE starting again everytime I end the process.

At this point, I really don't know what else to do. Has anyone experienced anything similar to this? All help will be appreciated.

Edited by ekay417, 08 July 2010 - 06:42 AM.

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 11:25 AM

You should try Eset's online scanner at www.eset.com/onlinescan. Make sure to check the boxes for unwanted applications and tell it to remove threats. That can usually remove malware such as this stuff you are dealing with.

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 08:42 PM

@ andre-1

To avoid confusion for all concerned, I have split off your post to its own topic which you can find here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/330595/internet-explorer-ads-microsoft-phishing-filter/

@ cup t

To avoid confusion for all concerned, I have split off your post to its own topic which you can find here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/330596/internet-explorer-ads-microsoft-phishing-filter/

@ ekay417,

Given what you've already done, please follow the instructions in ==>This Guide<== starting from Step 6.

Once the proper logs are created, then make a NEW TOPIC and post it ==>HERE<== Please include a description of your computer issues and what you have done to try to resolve them.

If you can produce at least some of the logs, then please create the new topic and explain what happens when you try to create the log(s) that you couldn't get. If you cannot produce any of the logs, then still post the topic and explain that you followed the Prep. Guide, were unable to create the logs, and describe what happens when you try to create the logs.

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