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Possible hijacked browser, homepage/email opened to random site


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#1 olympicbuilders

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Posted 15 January 2016 - 12:33 PM

This morning I turned the computer on and it took a while to boot up. Yesterday I ran Windows Defender and Malwarebytes due to slow start up and cursor circling indicating a program was running in the background. Windows Defender found some suspicious items, I chose the option to send to Microsoft.

 

When I opened Firefox this morning, it should have been our email homepage (web based) but instead it opened to a random site asking for login and password. The web address did not contain any correct information. I attempted to go to the email provider website and was redirected to another site. Eventually I was able to use the history to access email, having issues with not being able to send email, opening new tabs for other searches results in very slow search.  Every now and then the screen and items open in the tray will flash to white and then reappear (almost in a wave pattern).

 

Operating System

Windows 8.1

AMD A4-5300 APU with Radeon ™ HD Graphics 3.40 GHZ

Installed RAM 6.00 GB

64 bit

 

Please advise what I should do. Thank you.



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#2 boopme

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Posted 15 January 2016 - 01:08 PM

Hello, I suggest you run these next.

In FireFox it may be the Add ons/Plugins.
Try disabling them one at a time and see which one was at fault.

How to disable extensions and plugins

Keeping your third-party plugins up to date


If it is your homepage...
Click the Firefox button at the top left corner of the page and choose Options.
In the Home Page URL box, enter the homepage you want to use instead of SweetPacks and then click OK.


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