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Browser hijacked

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#1 annaz1


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Posted 08 December 2010 - 09:46 AM

Hello there,

Hoping someone can help me with this problem as I am tearing my hair out over it!

I have a netbook which has somehow suffered a browser hijack. Generally, URLs typed in load fine, but if I do a Google Search and click on a result, I normally (not always) get redirected to another site. These sites include admarketplace.com (then redirects to qandca.com) and information-seeking.com, stopzilla.com, plus a few others.

I am on Windows XP SP3 and using IE8, although I also downloaded Google Chrome and the same thing is happening.

I've been reading through these forums and elsewhere online, so tried running and using MalwareBytes Anti-Malware, Super AntiSpyware, Ad-Aware and Spybot Search & Destroy to scan and remove items (if any found) but the browser is still hijacked.

I've thought of booting up into Safe Mode to run these scans, though always came across and error that wouldn't let me do so. Now, a different error is showing - "STOP: c0000137 {Privilege Failed} The I/O permissions for the process could not be changed." - which, well, I don't know what that means.

I've now discovered that I can use the "Bootsafe" utility from SuperAntiSpyware and this does let me boot into Safe mode. I did this and ran MBAM quick scan (nothing found), then Super AntiSpyware quick scan (77 ad tracking cookies found - including some of the names mentioned above). Removed everything found in Super AntiSpyware, restarted and still the same problem!

Any help greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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#2 Budapest


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Posted 08 December 2010 - 06:03 PM

Try this:

The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who haven't got it.

—George Bernard Shaw

#3 annaz1

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Posted 10 December 2010 - 07:53 AM

Thanks SO much for your help - this appears to have done the trick! (Hooray, my computer is back to normal! This little menace was very frustrating!)

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