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Google Search Results Redirect to Ad Webpages

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#1 Tim Brastow

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 11:16 PM

Sometimes, when I click on a Google Search result, it links me to an ad-related webpage. Also, when I try to use Google Search in the integrated IE8 search bar, it brings me back German (google.de) results. I have tried removing the Google Search add-on and re-adding, but that has not worked either.

Another weird thing is that there is a link on Google's homepage that says "Go to Google Deutschland." That's not supposed to be there, right? Is Google hijacked on this computer or something?

Malwarebytes and MSE have found nothing. I have also run TFC.exe to no avail.

The computer is running Windows 7 so I can't reinstall IE8, right?


Edited by Tim Brastow, 07 February 2011 - 11:18 PM.

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 12:07 PM

Hello and welcome. Lets run these also.

Please download the TDSS Rootkit Removing Tool (TDSSKiller.exe) and save it to your Desktop. <-Important!!!
Be sure to download TDSSKiller.exe (v2.4.0.0) from Kaspersky's website and not TDSSKiller.zip which appears to be an older version of the tool.
  • Double-click on TDSSKiller.exe to run the tool for known TDSS variants.
    Vista/Windows 7 users right-click and select Run As Administrator.
  • If TDSSKiller does not run, try renaming it.
  • To do this, right-click on TDSSKiller.exe, select Rename and give it a random name with the .com file extension (i.e. 123abc.com). If you do not see the file extension, please refer to How to change the file extension.
  • Click the Start Scan button.
  • Do not use the computer during the scan
  • If the scan completes with nothing found, click Close to exit.
  • If malicious objects are found, they will show in the Scan results - Select action for found objects and offer three options.
  • Ensure Cure (default) is selected, then click Continue > Reboot now to finish the cleaning process.
  • A log file named TDSSKiller_version_date_time_log.txt (i.e. TDSSKiller. will be created and saved to the root directory (usually Local Disk C:).
  • Copy and paste the contents of that file in your next reply.

Please perform a scan with Eset Online Antiivirus Scanner.
This scan requires Internet Explorer,Opera or Firefox to work. Vista/Windows 7 users need to run Internet Explorer as Administrator.
To do this, right-click on the IE icon in the Start Menu or Quick Launch Bar on the Taskbar and select Run As Administrator from the context menu.
  • Click the green Posted Image button.
  • Read the End User License Agreement and check the box:
  • Check Posted Image.
  • Click the Posted Image button.
  • Accept any security warnings from your browser.
  • Check Posted Image
  • Check Remove found threats and Scan potentially unwanted applications. (If given the option, choose "Quarantine" instead of delete.)
  • Click the Start button.
  • ESET will then download updates for itself, install itself, and begin scanning your computer.
  • If offered the option to get information or buy software at any point, just close the window.
  • The scan will take a while so be patient and do NOT use the computer while the scan is running. Keep all other programs and windows closed.
  • When the scan completes, push Posted Image
  • Push Posted Image, and save the file to your desktop as ESETScan.txt.
  • Push the Posted Image button, then Finish.
  • Copy and paste the contents of ESETScan.txt in your next reply.
Note: A log.txt file will also be created and automatically saved in the C:\Program Files\EsetOnlineScanner\ folder.
If you did not save the ESETScan log, click Posted Image > Run..., then type or copy and paste everything in the code box below into the Open dialogue box:

C:\Program Files\ESET\EsetOnlineScanner\log.txt
  • Click Ok and the scan results will open in Notepad.
  • Copy and paste the contents of log.txt in your next reply.
-- Some online scanners will detect existing anti-virus software and refuse to cooperate. You may have to disable the real-time protection components of your existing anti-virus and try running the scan again. If you do this, remember to turn them back on after you are finished.

NOTE: In some instances if no malware is found there will be no log produced.

Rerun MBAM (MalwareBytes) like this:

Open MBAM in normal mode and click Update tab, select Check for Updates,when done
click Scanner tab,select Quick scan and scan (normal mode).
After scan click Remove Selected, Post new scan log and Reboot into normal mode.

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#3 Tim Brastow

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 12:35 PM

Hi, the problem appears to be solved as of now. The DNS host file was LOADED with redirecting links, so I deleted all of the links. I also ran Spybot which found a few things so I removed them. Don't know if the problem will be back so I will try your solution when I get home.

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 04:32 PM

What did you do with the DNS to solve this problem? I am having the same thing with my computer.

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 12:59 AM

Hi, to get to the DNS hosts file, go to C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc and you will find a file called HOSTS. If you do not see it, then be sure that Operating System files aren't hidden. Open it in Notepad and look towards the bottom of the file and see if you see a bunch of ad-related links, which may be causing you to get redirected several times. Just be sure not to delete any lines that look like this:

# localhost
# ::1 localhost

Worked wonders for me. Hope this helps.

By the way, TDSS didn't find anything, but the problem is still solved at this point.

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