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#1 mechanicalhacker

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 03:04 PM

This is one I haven't heard of despite searching.

One [reputable] website (http://eaaforums.org). Main site loads fine, but when I click on the link for any of the subforums there, I get redirected to an ad site for viagra, etc. The weird thing is that it doesn't happen on any other sites (that I've found), just that one, so for a couple of days I thought it was their website that was hacked. The URL in the address bar is showing the page I should be on.

I've never heard of a redirect trojan/virus that only redirects certain sites.

I'm using Firefox, and for years I've used Proxomitron. For those not familiar with Proxomitron, it's a web proxy filter for ad blocking and other useful things. You configure it to listen on a port (by default, 8080), then configure the browser to use a proxy server at localhost:8080. Never had a problem with it before.

Firefox in safe mode with add-ons disabled and javascript disabled still has the problem.

My hosts file is also clean.

If I go into the brower's (FF or IE) settings, and set it to not use a proxy server, everything is fine, no redirects. So apparently something else is also intercepting traffic from the browser to port 8080, but I can't find what it is.

I've tried TDSSkiller, Malwarebytes, and have Avast antivirus running, but they don't help. One thing I didn't try, but will tonight, is to use a different port for Proxomitron (I did try 8081 which still has the problem, but I'll try something way different like 30000).

Edited by mechanicalhacker, 08 August 2012 - 03:09 PM.


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Posted 10 August 2012 - 01:27 PM

More information: If I set Proximitron to use port 30000 and set IE or FF to use the same (localhost:3000), I still have the problem. If I set the browser to use a proxy but turn Proximitron off completely, I get a proxy error as I should, which seems to indicate whatever it is isn't grabbing the request before Proximitron gets it... unless it's sending the altered request to Proximitron.

I also ran a full scan with Ad-Aware (nothing) and searched my hard drive for any file with the text eaaforums.org, thinking a java script might be doing the redirecting (also nothing).




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