Hello.. I have a Toshiba Satellite laptop with Intel Celeron 1.50 GB of RAM if it matters.. I'm running Windows XP Home edition 2002 Service Pack 3.. I thought that I had the Google Redirect virus, but I have followed many steps to remove the problem and nothing seems to be working. So far I have done the basics like running Spybot, super Anti Spyware and Ad-Aware as well as my Norton's software.. I also downloaded Hitman Pro which always found things, but it never fixed the problem.. none of these scans (which were all run in safe mode) turned up anything so I formatted my computer and reinstalled Windows.. the problem was still there so I went to some forums and it was suggested that I didn't completely wipe the drive, I followed some steps and reinstalled Windows again, but it didn't work. So I went back to some forums and followed some instructions like checking my LAN settings to make sure that the proxy settings box is not checked off and the automatic configuration box is checked for settings.. everything was fine there. I also checked internet protocol properties and made sure that the IP address and DNS settings are set for automatic.. Finally, I went into my C drive, into the Windows folder, into system 32 and the drivers folder and then etc folder and right clicked on hosts.. everything looked proper there as well. So my next step was to run the TDSS Killer.. it didn't find anything so I ran Malwarebytes, found nothing, ran Emisisoft Anti-Malware and it did find some files so I deleted them.. then I ran Windows Malicious Software tool and found nothing. I ran CC Cleaner and then I flushed the DNS cache. I rebooted my computer back into Normal Mode and went onto Google and the problem is still there... I seem to have a lot of the same links that come up again and again.. hxxp://www.epoclick.com/?ad=1296445353, or smartbiz, sometimes the yellow pages as well as local real estate listings.. By the way, I don't necessarily have to be on Google for this to happen to me..
I use Firefox web browser version 3.6.13. and I'm currently running the ESET online scanner.. it's at 95% and it says that it hasn't found any threats and I don't expect it to say any different at 100%. I'm no computer tech, but I have a fair understanding of how to do most things. I don't want to run any further programs or scans without the help of someone who really knows what they're doing. I may not understand everything you want me to do, so please be patient with me. I would sincerely appreciate someone's help!
Edited by Orange Blossom, 08 February 2011 - 11:35 PM.
Moved from XP ~BP Deactivate link. ~ OB