Posted 20 December 2010 - 03:26 PM
I'm new here as a registered member but often come here to fix my own computer problems. This one however has me boggled. I believe that I may have gotten infected somehow with a redirect virus. It's nothing major as far as I can tell and I have had no drastic changes to my computer. When I click on a search link from bing it redirects me sometimes to a completely different site such as cardiology forums or something to that nature. I am an advanced pc user and I have the following security programs on my pc.
2. Spybot S & D
4. Glary Utilities
5. Avast home edition (Free)
6. HiJackThis (when needed)
7. Power Defragmenter (ran with contig.exe)
OS: Windows XP SP3
Browser: Firefox (latest version) only browser I use
Internet: Cable 20MBps DL 512Kb UL (usually run wireless as I have a laptop)
Once a week I do a full scan using each of these programs. I also run a boot scan with avast during that time. The last time I ran them there was some infections found in the system information restore files. All seems fine now except for the redirect as well as sometimes it just disconnects me from the internet all together. For example: I'm searching or whatever on the net, go to type in another page and it begins to get extremely slow and often will give me the firefox timed out message. I just close browser and then try again. It works after that. I am not sure if I definitely have an infection, but it does seem that way. My question to you guys is what steps should I take now? Also if not too much trouble could you guys recommend a good security package. I think mine is okay, but probably not the best. Thank you for your time and consideration. I do hope we can get this matter fixed immediately. It bugs me that I may be infected because I am extra cautious when it comes to my laptop. I don't install toolbars, run apps on facebook, myspace, etc. I don't store passwords, I try to take all the precautions I can. I do hope that I posted enough information about the problem as well as the basic details of what I do/did to my pc.