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Posted 08 October 2014 - 03:36 PM
Posted 08 October 2014 - 04:59 PM
As a test, I switched to FireFox for a while. Had the same problem.
I downloaded and ran HijackThis, it came up with some extraneous entries added to the hosts file. Various hosts including connect.facebook.com and google-analytics.com were being redirected to an IP in South Africa.
Whatever changed my hosts file did it in a few sneaky ways. The hosts file was marked as hidden, read-only, and system, so the file didn't show up in regular file explorer windows. My previous hosts file was copied to a new file called hosts.txt, and with default settings that just shows up as "hosts" because the extension is hidden. The entries were added after about 100 blank lines, so when I found the file an opened it for editing, it looked like a normal hosts file until I scrolled down.
To fix, I had to go to the command line to alter the attributes, following instructions here:
For now it looks like I've solved it, but I'll certainly be back if it's not a permanent solution.
Posted 08 October 2014 - 05:22 PM
A couple of things that may help you if I understand your post -
Reset the Hosts file automatically, click the Fix it link below.
Click Run in the File Download dialog box, and then follow the steps in this Fix it wizard. >> http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9668866
Run these few quick scans and then Copy and Paste the logs back here.
Please download and run RKill by Grinler.
Please Copy and Paste the log back here.
Do not reboot your computer until you complete the next step.
Note: With most Adware / Junkware / PUPs it is strongly recommended to deal with it like a legitimate program and uninstall from Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel. In many cases, using the uninstaller of the adware not only removes the adware more effectively, but it also restores any changed configuration. After uninstallation, then you can run specialized tools like AdwCleaner and JRT to fix any remaining entries they may find.
Next - Please download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop.
* Temporarily Disable your Antivirus now to avoid potential conflicts.
* Run the tool by double-clicking it. If you are using Windows Vista, 7, or 8; instead of double-clicking, right-mouse click JRT.exe and select "Run as Administrator".
* The tool will open and start scanning your system.
* Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system's specifications.
* On completion, a log (JRT.txt) is saved to your desktop and will automatically open.
* Post the contents of JRT.txt into your next message.
Scan with Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
Please download and install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, or re-run it if you already have it installed
Save the file to your desktop and include its content in your next reply.
If nothing was found you would have had a Green Tick at the end of the scan, and an empty log.
Thank You -
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