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 AVGAvast
- How to Install, Configure, and Use Avast Antivirus
• Free malware scanning/removal programs:Ad-Aware SESpybot S&DMicrosoft Windows Defender (Beta)Ewido Anti-Malware v3.5Ewido 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 TutorialSpywareBlaster
[blocks known malware sites by adding them to IE's restricted sites zone]: How to Use TutorialIE-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
Edited by quietman7, 25 February 2006 - 03:31 PM.