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Google Redirect, Suspected Malware

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#1 srgen


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Posted 26 November 2010 - 11:56 PM

I have Windows XP, Version 5.1, Service Pack 3. I use Windows IE 7.0.5730.13. I have Verizon Internet Security Suite powered by McAfee with real time scanning and firewall. It is set up update automatically. I have a DSL connection and the computer stays on pretty much all the time.

Google is my home page. When I select a link from certain search topics, I am redirected to a completely different page. It does not happen every time, but is increasing in frequency.

I found a post on a McAfee forum that suggested I download and run the free version of SuperAntispyware and then Malwarebytes. I did this on Nov. 25, 2010. Both programs found things which were quarantined and removed, but the problem with redirecting persists. The McAfee person suggested that if these two free programs did not solve the problem to download "Hijack This" and post the results on one of several forums. Bleeping Computer was one of the suggested forums. I have not taken this action and thought it would be better to follow the direction of someone from Bleeping Computer. I have also removed the SuperAntispyware software through the "add/remove programs". Malwarebytes is still on my computer.

I suspect that one of my family members followed a link from a hoax email to update our virus protection and we were left with some sort of bug that has done a good job of hiding and creating trouble.

I hope someone can help me eliminate this trouble maker.

Edited by Orange Blossom, 27 November 2010 - 09:50 PM.
Move to AII for initial assistance. ~ OB

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