I'm having a HECK of a time getting rid of what appears to be some malware that is causing my search results in ANY search engine (Yahoo is default, google, msn and others) to change as I click on them. Sometimes the result allows me to arrow back to the list and then it works the second time, and sometimes it goes crazy and redirects multiple times. I get a different redirect every time.
I have actually experienced all kinds of issues since I got IE8 and I have uninstalled, re-installed to fix some issues, but this issue occurred from some sort of a virus software that started scanning my computer and the pop up box said to cancel to stay on the page or hit ok to close it and I was tired (late at night) and wasn't really paying attention and just inadvertently hit the wrong key obviously!!! I think either that or a Java update screwed me up. I can't really put a finger on it.
After I type in my search on yahoo, I get the typical results from what appears to be legitimate sites that I have visited before.
Typically I am getting this first: http://results.yahoo.com/ then it churns for a little bit, then I get something like this: http://www22.verizon.com/Residential/bundl...Z_FT_Z_Z_R_Z026
****It changes each time. I have tried to block these sites, but there are too many of them. My pop up blocker is on and I am running up-to-date paid version of McAfee Internet Security Suite. Some security McAfee!!!
Here is what else is going on:
- My icon tray deleted my volume icon-after system restore and a bunch of my own attempted fixes this came back
- The BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH has happened three times in the past two days
- Pop up blocker doesn't work
- Downloading ANYTHING did not work until I did a series of things I read on here (I did not use combo fix though)...neither did right clicking
- I could not uninstall IE8 any more and install IE7-haven't tried again, but I believe I could now
- I could not open McAfee-but now that's fixed
- Computer running very slow-mainly all internet applications
- When I plug in any iPod, iTunes comes up but I get an error message saying it couldn't find H: Drive, yet everything works fine after you hit cancel four times!
- I get this Security page from some third party security company that wants to scan my hard drive like what happened when this originally occurred-and I quickly shut everything down to stop it.
Sometimes jpegs/bitmaps show X's instead of pictures
***Oh forgot to mention that I couldn't run ANY .exe files for a few days but one of the things I tried below fixed that***
I have a Dell Dimension 9200 a few years old now. I'm running XP that was originally installed on it. I have Verizon FIOS (the Ironically was thinking about getting a new computer really soon because Dells usually crap out it seems or get very slow after about 3 years.
Here is what I've tried to do so far:
Uninstall IE8 (wouldn't completely uninstall, then after about 20 attempts it did, but then I couldn't install IE7 again), Reinstalled IE8
Ran IE8 with no add ons
system restore---defaulted to before the major problems started but no dice
Tried to fix via McAfee-no help...didn't pick up a thing!!! Actually one time fixed a registry error I think!!!
Malwarebytes seemed to help a little-found 14 items and fixed them, but now is not showing anything
a2 hijack free-did not pick up anything
TDS Killer-didn't run completely yet
GooredFix-fixed some things
Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool-found some things on the quick scan manually and fixed them...is running right now
OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name D799CXB1
System Manufacturer Dell Inc.
System Model Dell DXP061
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 6 GenuineIntel ~1862 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Dell Inc. 1.0.3, 8/14/2006
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume2
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2111)"
User Name D799CXB1\Derek
Time Zone Central Daylight Time
Total Physical Memory 1,024.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 564.70 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 2.40 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys
Application Path C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer
Language English (United States)
Active Printer HP Officejet 6300 series,winspool,Ne02:
Cipher Strength 128-bit
Content Advisor Disabled
IEAK Install No
I saw how other people posted information on their computer...I hope that I gave you enough information to start. A friend of mine said that you all are the true "geniuses" not the so-called Apple Store folks!!! Please help! This is very very frustrating! Thank you!!!
Edited by sheada74, 04 September 2010 - 10:10 PM.