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Somoto - Browser Hijack

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#1 pgrant


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Posted 18 August 2011 - 11:09 AM

Whenever I create a new tab in Explorer,it is redirected to a Search engine web site called Somoto (which I doubt is a genuine search engine...)

I would like to remove this malware if I can. I have tried to disable all toolbars in Internet Explorer and that has no effect. I have scanned the PC with Norton, McAfee, SuperAntiSpyware, Malware Bytes - nothing has worked so far. I am attaching a log form Hijack This - but I cannnot see anything evidently wrong.

Any ideas please?

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#2 pgrant

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 04:56 PM

Problem now resolved.

I found a file called somoto.dll in a folder for an application called Pivot Stick Toolbar. I uninstalled the toolbar from Add/Pemove programs and the problem is gone.

This dodgy piece of software must be more than a Toolbar as the Hijacks continued even when the Toolbar was disabled in Internet Explorer.

A list of the software that failed to detect it includes:

  • Norton 360
  • McAfee
  • Hijack This
  • SuperAntiSpyware
  • Malware Bytes

According to the Webroot site, Somoto was first discovered nearly a year ago and none of these malware packages identify the problem. See discovery dates below.

  • Germany on Sep 25 2010
  • The United Kingdom on Dec 24 2010
  • Indonesia on May 28 2011

When can we expect half decent malware protection? Is Webroot now better than the rest of the Malaware products?????

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 11:29 AM

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