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Google Redirect Virus HELP

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#1 adame701


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Posted 18 July 2011 - 05:47 PM


I have malwarebytes and OTL installed on my computer and have run scans with both of them. The malwarebytes scan has come up with infected files, which i have removed. I still am experiencing trouble with Google searching. As I have read about the Google redirect virus, mine is doing exactly what everyone posts about the virus, once clicking on a website from a search it opens a random website.This is happening with Mozilla and IE. To my understanding there is some analysis that needs to be done to the malwarebytes and OTL completion logs to determine how to fix this. If anyone could help me with this I would greatly appreciate it.


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Posted 18 July 2011 - 05:59 PM

Try this:

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 06:29 PM

Hello Budapest,

I ran tdsskiller and it came up with nothing. Same with the malwarebytes program.

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 08:53 PM

Please post the results of your last MBAM scan for review (even if nothing was found).

To retrieve the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan log information, launch MBAM.
  • Click the Logs Tab at the top.
  • The log will be named by the date of scan in the following format: mbam-log-date(time).txt
    -- If you have previously used MBAM, there may be several logs showing in the list.
  • Click on the log name to highlight it.
  • Go to the bottom and click on Open.
  • The log should automatically open in notepad as a text file.
  • Go to Edit and choose Select all.
  • Go back to Edit and choose Copy or right-click on the highlighted text and choose Copy from there.
  • Come back to this thread, click Add Reply, then right-click and choose Paste.
  • Be sure to post the complete log to include the top portion which shows MBAM's database version and your operating system.
Logs are saved to the following locations:
-- XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<Username>\Application Data\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes Anti-Malware\Logs\mbam-log-yyyy-mm-dd
-- Vista, Windows 7, 2008: C:\ProgramData\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes Anti-Malware\Logs\mbam-log-yyyy-mm-dd

There are various ways a malware infection can cause browser issues, loss of connectivity and redirects so try these steps:

:step1: Some infections will alter the Proxy settings in Internet Explorer which can affect your ability to browse, update or download tools required for disinfection. Check/Reset Proxy Server Settings. To do that, please refer to Steps 4-7 under the section Automated Removal Instructions in this guide.

Alternatively, you can press the WINKEY + R keys on your keyboard or click Posted Image > Run..., and in the Open dialog box, type: inetcpl.cpl
Click OK or press Enter. Click the Connections tab and continue following the instructions in the above guide.

If using FireFox, refer to these instructions to check and configure Proxy Settings under the Connection Settings Dialog.

 :step2: Reset the IP address:
  • Go to Posted Image > Run... and in the open box, type: cmd
  • Click OK or press Enter. A dos Window will appear.
  • At the command prompt C:\>_, type: ipconfig /release
  • Press Enter.
  • When the prompt comes back, type: ipconfig /renew
  • Press Enter.
  • Close the command box and and see if that fixes the connection. No reboot needed.
-- XP users can refer to XP ipconfig Tutorial: Step 4
-- Vista users can refer to Vista ipconfig Tutorial: Step 4

Flush the DNS resolver cache:
  • Go to Posted Image > Run... and in the open box, type: cmd
  • Click OK or press Enter. A dos Window will appear.
  • At the command prompt C:\>_, type: ipconfig /flushdns
  • Press Enter.
  • You will get a confirmation that the flush was successful.
  • Close the command box.

 :step3: Check/reset your network settings and Configure TCP/IP to use DNS.
  • Go to Posted Image > Control Panel, and choose Network Connections.
  • Right-click on your default connection, usually Local Area Connection or Dial-up Connection if you are using Dial-up, and and choose Properties.
  • Double-click on Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) or highlight it and select Properties.
  • Under the General tab, write down any settings in case you should need to change them back.
  • Select the button that says "Obtain an IP address automatically" or make sure the DNS server IP address is the same as provided by your ISP.
  • Select the button that says "Obtain DNS servers automatically".
  • If unknown Preferred or Alternate DNS servers are listed, uncheck the box that says "Use the following DNS server address".
  • Click OK twice to get out of the properties screen and restart your computer. If not prompted to reboot go ahead and reboot manually.
-- Vista users can refer to How to Change TCP/IP settings.
-- Windows 7 users can refer to How to Change TCP/IP settings.

CAUTION: It's possible that your ISP (Internet Service Provider) requires specific DNS settings here. Make sure you know if you need these settings or not BEFORE you make any changes or you may lose your Internet connection. If you're sure you do not need a specific DNS address, then you may proceed.

 :step4: If using a router, disconnect from the Internet and reset your router with a strong logon/password. Many users seldom change the default username/password on the router and are prone to some types of infection. If you're not sure how to do this, refer to the owner's manual for your particular router model. If you do not have a manual, look for one on the vendor's web site which you can download and keep for future reference.

Consult these links to find out the default username and password for your router and write down that information so it is available when doing the reset:These are generic instructions for how to reset a router,:
  • Unplug or turn off your DSL/cable modem.
  • Locate the router's reset button.
  • Press, and hold, the Reset button down for 30 seconds.
  • Wait for the Power, WLAN and Internet light to turn on (On the router).
  • Plug in or turn on your modem (if it is separate from the router).
  • Open your web browser to see if you have an Internet connection.
  • If you don't have an Internet connection you may need to restart your computer.

 :step5: Reset Internet Explorer or go here and click the Posted Image button.

This will automatically reset registry keys and the browser back to the way it was when initially installed. If you check the Delete personal settings checkbox in Advanced settings, it will reset the home page(s), search providers and Accelerators to their default values. It will also delete temporary Internet files, history, cookies, web form information (passwords) and InPrivate Filtering data.

-- Note: Microsoft Fix it does not work in Windows 7. Instead, you can use the Internet Explorer troubleshooters to achieve this automatically.itially installed. Then clear your browser history.

If using FireFox, refer to these instructions to reset all user preferences, toolbars and search engine to their default settings using Firefox Safe Mode.

 :step6: Clear your Web browser cache. As you browse web pages, the browser stores a copy of the pages you view on your local hard drive; this is called caching. Clearing the cache forces the browser to load the latest versions of Web pages and programs you visit.

 :step7: Some types of malware will alter the HOSTS file as part of its infection. Please follow the instructions provided in How to reset the hosts file back to the default.

To reset the hosts file automatically, click the Posted Image button.
Click Run in the file download dialog box or save MicrosoftFixit50267.msi to your Desktop and double-click on it to run. Then just follow the promots in the Fix it wizard.

If you want to add a custom HOSTS file instead, read here first, then download hosts.zip, save it to your Desktop and follow follow these instructions to install the MVPS HOSTS File.

If you encounter a problem with the zipped version, try using an alternative zipping tool like 7zip or ExtractNow. If you still encounter problems, then use the MVPS HOSTS File text version. Go to File in the top menu and select "Save As", then save hosts.txt to your desktop. Rename it hosts without an extension. Go to the folder containing your existing HOSTS file and rename it HOSTS.MVP. Then copy the hosts file on your desktop into the same folder where you renamed the existing file.

Note: If using Vista or Windows 7, be aware that they require special instructions.
Once you have completed these steps, let me know if the redirects have stopped.
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