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Links from search engines being re-directed

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#1 jasonson


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Posted 19 March 2012 - 12:56 AM

Hi all.

I've seen so many from here get help, I have gotten ALOT of help from researching through here but now i have one i can't seem to solve and I just know it will be something stupid.

The problem:

When using any searching engine (mainly use google but tested on bing and yahoo) any result link clicked on goes to about 3 different sites then settles on the fourth random site after about 4 seconds.
I have used IE9, latest firefox and latest chrome browsers. All the same.. Normal links once your on a site are fine. Just search engine links.

Its on a laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium SP1. Up-date.

I have installed and run the usual programs in an attempt to remove the infection.. MWB, Spybot, SuperAntiSpyware, Kaspersky FREE virus remover and it had AVG FREE installed (which seemingly does nothing).

I would install one run it, then reboot (if needed) then uninstall it and reboot (if needed) then install the next and repeat the process.

I removed a total of 16 infections (Its my old man's laptop i have no idea what him and my brother do on it they are technologically inept)

So hopefully i can get some help here cause i am way to lazy to organize a W7 HP cd to do a fresh install and deal with all the crap on there (photos videos etc)

Let me know what you want and i will deliver, i consider myself an advanced-ish user so i can navigate around easily enough, but i tried for a couple of hours last night and this one got me stumped, it will be something simple for sure (i hope)

Thanks in advance

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 07:46 PM

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Download Security Check from HERE, and save it to your Desktop.

* Double-click SecurityCheck.exe
* Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box.
* A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.


Please download Farbar Service Scanner (FSS) and run it on the computer with the issue.
  • Make sure the following options are checked:
    • Internet Services
    • Windows Firewall
    • System Restore
    • Security Center/Action Center
    • Windows Update
    • Windows Defender
  • Press "Scan".
  • It will create a log (FSS.txt) in the same directory the tool is run.
  • Please copy and paste the log to your reply.


Please download MiniToolBox and run it.

Checkmark following boxes:
  • Report IE Proxy Settings
  • Report FF Proxy Settings
  • List content of Hosts
  • List IP configuration
  • List Winsock Entries
  • List last 10 Event Viewer log
  • List Installed Programs
  • List Devices (do NOT change any settings here)
  • List Users, Partitions and Memory size
Click Go and post the result.


Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (aka MBAM): https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/malwarebytes-anti-malware/ to your desktop.

* Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
* At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.
* If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
* Once the program has loaded, select Perform quick scan, then click Scan.
* When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
* Be sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
* When completed, a log will open in Notepad.
* Post the log back here.

Be sure to restart the computer.

The log can also be found here:
C:\Documents and Settings\Username\Application Data\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\Logs\log-date.txt
Or at C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\Logs\log-date.txt


Download aswMBR to your desktop.
Double click the aswMBR.exe to run it.
If you see this question: Would you like to download latest Avast! virus definitions?" say "Yes".
Click the "Scan" button to start scan.
On completion of the scan click "Save log", save it to your desktop and post in your next reply.

NOTE. aswMBR will create MBR.dat file on your desktop. This is a copy of your MBR. Do NOT delete it.

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