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#1 MurphyMan

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 09:07 AM

Running Chrome, Win 7 64 bit, and Windows Security Essentials.

I believe it started with YouTube Downloader. Whenever I type something in the address bar, it defaults to Yahoo. When I go to the Chrome settings I never even see Yahoo as a choice in the search engines.

I have Uninstalled anything that hints of Yahoo, , Obit, Spigot, PDF Forge and others. I have run numerous registry scans, and full search scans using Spybot S&D, Malwayebytes, and a Windows malware tool all to no avail.

Any help out there?

Edited by MurphyMan, 07 December 2011 - 01:39 PM.


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#2 MurphyMan

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 01:40 PM

Turns out it wasn't that big of a deal A Google employee helped me on a Chrome forum.

(wrench icon -> Options -> Basics -> Manage Search Engines -> Default Search Options -> look for the search engine that has "(Default)" at the end of the name)

Case closed.

Thanks.

Edited by MurphyMan, 07 December 2011 - 01:41 PM.


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Posted 07 December 2011 - 03:31 PM

If there are no more problems or signs of infection, you should Create a New Restore Point to prevent possible reinfection from an old one. Some of the malware you picked up could have been backed up, renamed and saved in System Restore. Since this is a protected directory your tools cannot access to delete these files, they sometimes can reinfect your system if you accidentally use an old restore point. Setting a new restore point AFTER cleaning your system will help prevent this and enable your computer to "roll-back" to a clean working state.

The easiest and safest way to do this is:
  • Go to Posted Image > Programs > Accessories > System Tools and click "System Restore".
  • Choose the radio button marked "Create a Restore Point" on the first screen then click "Next". Give the R.P. a name, then click "Create". The new point will be stamped with the current date and time. Keep a log of this so you can find it easily should you need to use System Restore.
  • Then use Disk Cleanup to remove all but the most recently created Restore Point.
  • Go to Posted Image > Run... and type: Cleanmgr
  • Click "Ok". Disk Cleanup will scan your files for several minutes, then open.
  • Click the "More Options" tab, then click the "Clean up" button under System Restore.
  • Click Ok. You will be prompted with "Are you sure you want to delete all but the most recent restore point?"
  • Click Yes, then click Ok.
  • Click Yes again when prompted with "Are you sure you want to perform these actions?"
  • Disk Cleanup will remove the files and close automatically.
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