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#1 br549larson

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 04:01 PM

I have not had any issues with the computer. I have Spybot and IObit 360 installed on the computer of which I have run both and Spybot now locks up at the end and even after having 360 rid me of items popping up as adware/malware I keep having to take my computer back to a safe point to get it started. I just noticed that all my Google search's get redirected to all these bogus search sites. I read about the great things everyone does on this site to help people out when I searched the topic of being redirected on Google searches. I am hoping someone can help me out since I just lost my laptop to a cup of coffee and I need my computer for work of which I use Google Apps for business.

Thank you in advance to anyone who can help me out of this jam I am in.

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Posted 12 February 2011 - 01:17 AM

mvps.org is no longer recommending Spybot S&D or Ad-Aware due to poor testing results. See here - (scroll down and read under Freeware Antispyware Products).

As for Spybot S&D, most people don't understand how to use TeaTimer and that feature can cause more problems than it's worth. TeaTimer monitors changes to certain critical keys in Windows registry but does not indicate if the change is normal or a modification made by a malware infection. The user must have an understanding of the registry and how TeaTimer works in order to make informed decisions to allow or deny the detected changes. If you don't have understanding how a particular security tool works, then you probably should not be using it. Additionally, TeaTimer may conflict with other security tools which do a much better job of protecting your computer and in some cases it will even prevent disinfection of malware by those tools.

More effective alternatives are Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and SUPERAntiSpyware Free.


In regards to IOBit products, please read:Although, the Malwarebytes team no longer has an issue with IObit since they removed the MBAM database from their product, the vendor's dubious methods would not warrant a recommendation from me to use their software. Further, IOBIT has even been placed into the Installers Hall of Shame.


Please follow these instructions: How to remove Google Redirects or the TDSS, TDL3, Alureon rootkit using TDSSKiller
  • Double-click on TDSSKiller.exe to run the tool for known TDSS variants.
    Vista/Windows 7 users right-click and select Run As Administrator.
  • When the program opens, click the Start Scan button.
  • Any objects found, will show in the Scan results - Select action for found objects and offer three options.
  • If an infected file is detected, the default action will be Cure...do not change it.

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  • Click Continue > Reboot now to finish the cleaning process.<- Important!!

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  • If 'Suspicious' objects are detected, you will be given the option to Skip or Quarantine. Skip will be the default selection. Leave it as such for now.
  • A log file named TDSSKiller_version_date_time_log.txt 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.
-- For any files detected as 'Suspicious' (except those identified as Forged to be cured after reboot) get a second opinion by submitting to Jotti's virusscan or VirusTotal. In the "File to upload & scan" box, browse to the location of the suspicious file and submit (upload) it for scanning/analysis.

Step 7 instructs you to scan your computer using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and remove any traces that may still be present. If Malwarebytes encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you will be asked to reboot your computer so it can proceed with the disinfection process. If asked to restart the computer, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot normally will prevent Malwarebytes from removing all the malware. After performing that step, please post the complete results of your scan for review.
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