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#1 VPMAN14

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 01:55 AM

Hey people,
I am using Mozilla Firefox and Opera, and every time I click on a link after searching something up on Google.com, I get redirected to some random website. I tried scanning with:
  • Malware Bytes
  • Norton Internet Security
  • Ad-Adware
  • Norton Power Eraser
  • Microsoft Security Essentials

but I still have the same problem. Anything I should do?

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#2 rampage120179

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 04:07 PM

Check your host file. You can find it in this directory/location:
C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc\

Then look for the file hosts. Usually it is only 1KB in size. Open this with notepad.

A normal host file shoul look like this:
==========================================================================
# Copyright © 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
#
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
#
# For example:
#
# 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host

127.0.0.1 localhost
================================================================================

If there are items after the line 127.0.0.1 local host;

then your host file was already infected and modified by the virus/trojan/spyware
that makes all your Google searches redirected to random websites.

You can edit this hosts file by simply deleting all entries after the line:
127.0.0.1 localhost

then save it.


Also check the IE LAN settings and there should no proxy address in the Proxy section
not unless you are using one.

1. Open IE
2. Click Tools.
3. Click Internet Options.
4. Click the tab for Connections.
5. On the Connections tab, click LAN Settings.
6. In LAN Settings make sure that the Proxy Server tick box is not ticked.
7. Put a tick mark on the Automatically detect settings instead.


You can also do these steps:

1. Open command prompt by pressing the Windows button + R on your keyboard.
2. Type in CMD in the command/open text field.
3. You will see the command prompt with a white blinking cursor.
4. Type in "netsh winsock reset" without the " " and press enter.
5. Type the second command "ipconfig /flushdns" without the " " and press enter again.
6. Lastly type "exit" without the " ".
7. Command prompt windows quits.

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 04:15 PM

Please check you Internet Connection LAN Settings under TCP/IP Properties cna check if there are values for the IP and DNS addresses in the settings on your LAN. Most of the time, these addresses are altered. Set both IP addresses and DNS address to Obtain addresses automatically.

Click Start> Control Panel> Network Connections> LAN (local Area Network)> Right Click on LAN> Click the Properties button> then the for the settings on both IP addresses and DNS addresses. They should be both set to automatic.

Let me know if these steps worked and if you have no more redirections on your google searches.

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 12:46 AM

Please check you Internet Connection LAN Settings under TCP/IP Properties cna check if there are values for the IP and DNS addresses in the settings on your LAN. Most of the time, these addresses are altered. Set both IP addresses and DNS address to Obtain addresses automatically.

Click Start> Control Panel> Network Connections> LAN (local Area Network)> Right Click on LAN> Click the Properties button> then the for the settings on both IP addresses and DNS addresses. They should be both set to automatic.

Let me know if these steps worked and if you have no more redirections on your google searches.


On my control panel, there is no Network Connections option. If it helps, I am running Windows 7. Also, here's a link to a Hijack This log file, if it helps.
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic405051.html/page__p__2300481#entry2300481

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 12:39 PM

I see. Since you are using Windows 7, you can try this steps instead.


1. Click the Start button.
2. Go to Control Panel.
3. Select Network and Internet.
4. Select Network and Sharing Center.
5. On the let hand side of the the next window, click on Change adapter settings.
6. On the next window, please right-click on the LAN (Local Area Network) or Wireless Network Connection.
7. Select Properties.
8. Under the section: This connection uses the following items, highlight Internet Protocol (TCP/IP v.4), then do the same for Internet Protocol (TCP/IP v.4)
9. Click the Properties button just below the list.
10.The first that you'll see will be the General Tab/Page.
11. The settings for the IP and DNS address should be both set to Obtain addresses automatically.

Note: If there are values in the Proxy Server section that you are not familiar with and you're not sure if it is from your internet provider, make sure that you write down these numbers on a piece of paper. Once the IP Proxy address is noted, please uncheck the tick box for the Proxy Server then click Apply or Ok.

Let me know if these steps worked and if you have no more redirections on your google searches.

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 06:41 PM

Sorry, but I still get re-directions :angry:

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 06:43 PM

Do you think there might be something in my registry that I can fix?

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 07:10 PM

Now that your log is properly posted, you should NOT make further changes to your computer (install/uninstall programs, use special fix tools, delete files, edit the registry, etc) unless advised by a Malware Removal Team member, nor should you continue to ask for help elsewhere. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show it the log you already posted. Further, any modifications you make on your own may cause confusion for the helper assisting you and could complicate the malware removal process which would extend the time it takes to clean your computer.

From this point on the Malware Removal Team should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your log as clean.

Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the Malware Removal Team members are very busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the Malware Removal Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another MRL Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.

To avoid confusion, I am closing this topic.
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