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How Do I Know If I've Been Jacked

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#1 reynolds_71


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Posted 25 February 2006 - 12:08 AM

how do i know if i've been hijacked? whats been happening is i cant go to several sites. like ebay and others (to many to list). also a icon keeps appearing on my desktop its title is custom. when i look at the properties its says its a DIC file.


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Posted 25 February 2006 - 07:52 AM

Browser hijackers are malware Trojan programs, applications or web sites that set the user's default browser home page to an unwanted URL or change the default search engines defined within the browser to unwanted search engines and sites. These applications and web sites can configure Windows to prevent users from changing those settings back to the users' preferences and can edit the HOSTS file to tie known web sites to certain IP addresses, thus ensuring that users are directed to unexpected and unwanted web pages.

What you are saying is that there are certain sites you cannot visit and an unknown icon on your desktop which can be indicative of other malware.

Have you performed any anti-spyware scans? What type of anti-virus are you using and when was the last time you ran a scan? If not, then you need to do these scans.

Here are some recommendations:

Free Antivirus programs (install only one):
AVG - How to Install, Configure, and Use AVG
Avast - How to Install, Configure, and Use Avast Antivirus

Free malware scanning/removal programs:
Ad-Aware SE
Spybot S&D
Microsoft Windows Defender (Beta)
Ewido Anti-Malware v3.5
Ewido Install and Scan Instructions

Free programs to help prevent spyware, homepage hijacking and increase your browser security.:
SpywareGuard [protects your homepage from being hijacked]: How to Use Tutorial
SpywareBlaster [blocks known malware sites by adding them to IE's restricted sites zone]: How to Use Tutorial
IE-SPYAD [blocks even more malware sites by adding hem to IE's restricted sites zone]: Install-Uninstall Tutorial

Free online virus scanners:
Trend Micro Housecall
Panda ActiveScan
Kaspersky Webscan [be sure to click "[b]Scan Settings[/b]" and check the option to use the EXTENDED DATABASE]

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#3 reynolds_71

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Posted 25 February 2006 - 12:57 PM

ok i use spybot s&d and ad-aware. also my virus protection is avast!. i scan for viruses min once a week. i scan for spyware eveyday or at least every other. well i just did a scan. had a few problems (tracking cookies) cleaned them up.

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Posted 25 February 2006 - 01:37 PM

A .dic file is associated with spell checking in many word processors, 'though I am unsure why it would popup on your desktop, unless you saved a custom dictionary there by mistake.

I think if members had a better understanding of what precisely happens when you "can't go to several sites" they could help narrow the problem. Do you get any kind of error messages, for example? What browser do you use?
Can you get to the site itself, but cannot log-on to it?

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