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Malware causing search engines to redirect to junk sites


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#1 slberry75

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 09:39 PM

My daughter has managed to infect her computer. I've had success in past infections running hijackthis and googling system processes to track down what's going on, but I'm stumped. I'm definitely not an expert at this stuff, so I don't mean to suggest at all that the culprit isn't listed, just it's not immediately obvious to me.

What I have done is verified that the hosts file is clean (127.0.0.1 is the only entry)

I also noticed that I can get to cached versions of pages in google so I guess it's only redirecting the live links.

If at all possible, while receiving help, if someone would explain the general idea of what's going on, I would appreciate it greatly.

We're running XP Home Edition and tend to stick to Firefox for browsing

Thanks for any and all help!

--Stace

Edited by slberry75, 07 March 2011 - 09:42 PM.


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Posted 08 March 2011 - 01:11 AM

I believe I've removed the problem. More reading lead me to Malewarebytes and TDSSKiller from Kaspersky. Found several malware issues, and a few rootkits.

Thanks in advance, especially knowing you all volunteer your time. Wanted to update so you could move on to the next thread




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