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#16 narenxp

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 01:38 PM

Try this

Export your bookmarks from firefox

http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/export-firefox-bookmarks-to-backup-or-transfer

After exporting it

Uninstall firefox

Makesure to checkmark Remove my personal data option

Reinstall firefox and import your bookmarks

Let me know if you still have redirects

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 07:51 PM

Yes--I read that in one of the other threads http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic475709.html yesterday and that seems to have worked (have been using it for about a day now with no issues). In my research, I saw that had worked for someone else (although for another person it did not word). However, I didn't want to do that except as a last resort because I had a lot of add-ons and customizations in my Firefox, but ultimately nothing I think would have worked except that because I tried every malware/adware program known to mankind. Someone should figure out what the hell is hi-jacking Firefox/Google clicks and a way of fixing it without a complete re-install of Firefox. A VERY ANNOYING piece of Adware.

I guess this one can be marked as solved.

Edited by mulderator, 24 November 2012 - 07:55 PM.


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Posted 24 November 2012 - 08:02 PM

BTW--one does not need to export books marks in Firefox if they are using the "sync" option. They need only to "sync" their computer so the latest bookmarks, passwords, and other settings have been updated. They can then "re-sync" after re-installation but need to change the sync option to add the saved data to the computer with the newly installed Firefox. Exporting bookmarks is probably a good idea as a back-up, but syncing allows one to keep a lot more of their Firefox customizations. For example, it one has a lot of saved passwords, those can be synced. So if you give out advice to re-install Firefox to anyone else, you might want to point out the syncing option to them:

http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/share-bookmarks-tabs-and-more-your-other-computers

I might add this option is primarily for people who want different computers to be the same, but since all the users data is stored online, it works with even one computer to save a lot more than just bookmarks.

Edited by mulderator, 24 November 2012 - 08:06 PM.


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Posted 25 November 2012 - 12:43 PM

Remove temporary and junk files

Download

TFC

Launch it,it will close all running programs

click on START,it should ask for reboot.If TFC locks up the system,run it in safemode


Create a new restore point

Follow this guide to turn off and turn on your restore points

XP- http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310405

Vista & windows 7- http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Turn-System-Restore-on-or-off

Turn off your system restore-It deletes old infected restore points

Turn on system restore and create a new restore point

Update JAVA and Flash player

Uninstall old version of java from control panel-Add or remove programs.Download the latest version from here

http://java.com/en/

Update your flash player

Antivirus recommendations

Update your antivirus frequently.Two free antivirus that i would suggest are

Microsoft security essentials or Avast.You can select either one of them.

If you have a paid one,make sure to update it frequently.Do not use multiple security softwares.

Informative guides that could prevent you from being infected again

How did I get infected?

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic2520.html

Best Practices for Safe Computing - Prevention of Malware Infection

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic407147.html

Simple and easy ways to keep your computer safe and secure on the Internet

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/keep-your-computer-safe-online/

Safe surfing :)




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