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Search Engine Being Redirected

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#1 grog


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Posted 26 September 2006 - 11:15 PM

when I use google or yahoo and enter search criteria, the search engine provides links as per normal. when I click on those links I get redirected to obscure search engines that appear to be mostly porn related. yahoo and google are now useless to me if i want to click on links to access the hits from my searches. i did a NAV scan that came up clean. I went online with symantec and after almost 2 hours they swore it was fixed but it ain't.

has anyone seen this before? what is it and how do i get rid of it?



Moderator Edit: Moved topic to more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

Edited by Animal, 27 September 2006 - 12:26 AM.

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Posted 27 September 2006 - 07:27 AM

If your browser is being redirected to porn sites, then that is a sign of malware. What OS (Win XP/2000, etc) are you using? Have you performed any anti-spyware scans? If not, start here:

Many malware programs can be uninstalled by using Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel so start there first. For a list of such programs see BC's Uninstall Programs Database or Uninstall Malware via Add/Remove Programs.

If your running Win XP/2000, download and scan with Ewido Anti-Spyware v4.0 in "SAFE MODE".
Be sure to print out the Ewido Install and Scan Instructions.

Download and scan with Ad-Aware SE Personal 1.06. Setup & Configure as shown here.
Download and scan with Spybot S&D 1.4. Setup & Configure as shown here.
[DO NOT choose the option to install TeaTimer]
Note: If you encounter any error messages while downloading the updates, manually download them from here.

Then perform these online Virus scans:
[Watch the Address bar in IE. You may receive alerts that "This site might require the following ActiveX control...Click here to install...". Click on that alert and then Click Install ActiveX component.]
Trend Micro Housecall
F-Secure Online Scanner

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