I had computer troubles about a year and a half ago, malware that I have seen dubbed "the redirect virus", and the wonderful people at bleepingcomputer helped me correct it (old topic is here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic279940.html ). Now I am having the same problems again. I tried running Combofix, AVG, Symantec, and Stinger, and while they seem to have found and corrected problems, I am still having the same symptoms.
Should I just go through the same steps I went through a year and a half ago?
Also, is it possible to tell where this malware came from so that I can prevent this from happening again?
Just to reiterate the symptoms: after I've searched for something on Google, I click on a result and 25% of the time it redirects me to a different site (yellowpages, shopica, etc.). One time after this had been happening, Windows Defender also appeared, which I think could be linked to that. (My anti-virus programs took care of Defender, but not the redirects). There are also occasional popups that appear when I am not even clicking on anything, such as "Congratulations! You are today's winner! What is your name and cell number?"
Thanks in advance; you guys are awesome!
Edited by Blade Zephon, 26 June 2011 - 12:36 PM.
Moved to AII as no logs provided and Prep Guide not followed. ~BZ