Posted 30 July 2011 - 06:05 PM
My laptop and desktop have gotten it (I think the desktop is clean, but the laptop is driving me nuts), and I think my mom might have gotten one.
Then I see a lot of posts here, so I'm wondering if this is some kind of 'epidemic' that's been hitting over the last month or so. If so, are the infections all similar, ergo, might there be a common solution?
My laptop is crazy. I have/use Avast (main anti-virus), Ad-Aware (bulky, but it seems to get a lot of stuff missed by others), Malwarebytes, Sophos Anti-Rootkit AND Spybot S&D. I'll run thru all of them, and one of them will find a trojan. I'll 'fix' it with that program, restart, and the redirects still happen. Then I'll run the gamut again, and a different trojan will be detected by a different scan...and the pattern continues.
I thought I had it licked when Avast found a trojan, then I did an Avast boot-scan coming out of that fix..but of course, it came back. Now I'm having trouble finding it with any of those scans.
I'm not looking for a fix here...I might go thru the fix-it forum, or I might just reformat. But I thought it might be interesting to discuss the increasing frequency, resiliency & severity (if any)of these infections.
Also, what exactly do these trojans DO, other than the redirecting? Seems like a helluva lotta work & effort to create & spread these things just to mess with peoples' searches. Do they steal passwords & send them back to the creators?