I am running Windows XP Service Pack 2.
Computer was running fine, with minimal software load (have only had the computer for 6 months) when I noticed a common problem reported here: when typing in searches in any browser (Firefox, IE, for example) I am often redirected to other sites and noticing a lot of "google-analytics" in the bottom left corner of the browser. Certainly appears that I somehow got some malware that has embedded a piece of malware that is redirecting my clicks after I hit on a search result. It does it mainly with malware or software-related searches, but has hit other links as well.
The computer is not functioning slowly at all, it is just getting redirected most of the time.
I have run AVG, Kaspersky (from a bootable CD drive), Spybot S&D, PCTools, and Avast. All have declared the computer clean. However, I did notice the last time I ran Spybot S&D, it gave me only one minor virus hit, but about 200 lines that said it had an error reading certain hex addresses. It was as if SPYbot found an anomoly, but the malware prevented it from identifying it as a malware and it read out as a read error instead.
I have n doubt that this is a common problem you have seen. This malware is really annoying, but has never ocked up or shut down my computer, and I believe this is the result of a single, limited piece of malware as opposed to a systemic and multiple amount of malware on my system. This is the first and only time my computer has "acted" up and I have always had Avast running and up-to-date. It is possible I (or my girlfriend) launched an executable in an email and let in some malware that otherwise would have been unable to penetrate Avast.
Please let me know the procedure you would like me to use to diagnose and hopefully cure the problem.
Or, should I just upgrade to Windows 7 and will that do such a restructuring of the system that it is almost guaranteed to obliterate any problems. I had planned on migrating to Windows 7 anyway and maybe that is the easier path?
Edited by hamluis, 22 October 2010 - 04:31 PM.
Moved from XP forum to Am I Infected ~ Hamluis.