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Browser redirects malware help

January 27, 2010 at 15:19:16
Specs: Windows XP, CPU 280 1.66ghz/0.99GB

Hi, I'm having a malware problem - browser keeps redirecting to ad sites when I click on links in a Google search.

Tried loads of malware removal software but none work: Windows Defender, Spybot Search and Destroy, SuperAntiSpyware and Malwarbytes Anti Malware.

Can someone help, please? Really appreciate it.


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#1
January 29, 2010 at 12:48:50

I made a real quick VB6 browser for when my other browsers are hacked. It always seems to work. Feel free to download it and use it. It's an .exe, but I assure you it's legit and there's nothing bad in it (I assure this as long as it's coming from my site url). http://jeffkastner.com/JeffsBrowser... or (if you prefer a zipped file): http://jeffkastner.com/JeffsBrowser...
Use that to download Ad-Aware.. do the full system deep scan (should take 5 - 8 hours) and you should be fixed. Good luck.

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#2
January 29, 2010 at 21:52:59

adaware is pretty passe (in other words....old hat) , many better cleaners than that.
Try Trojan Remover and then try unhackme. Follow the beginners guide on unhackme (you probably have a rootkit or keylogger installed) and run it till the PC is clean. When it is clean, uninstall both progs in add/remove.

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#3
February 2, 2010 at 06:57:01

Thanks - however, none of those worked - they didn't find anything. Still got the problem.

The computer has also started shutting down randomly - a screen comes up counting down from 60-0 seconds after which it shuts down. Any other suggestions?


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#4
February 2, 2010 at 09:04:00

Information here

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#5
February 2, 2010 at 10:22:20

Well, you may as well give combo-fix a shot. Follow the instructions carefully:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/com...

or Hitman Pro:
http://www.techspot.com/downloads/1...

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#6
February 2, 2010 at 11:32:38

Hitman pro just cleared mine up. Nothing else was able to do it.

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#7
February 2, 2010 at 14:24:48

Thanks for posting back, others will benefit from that info

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#8
February 2, 2010 at 15:43:04

This problem is caused by a hacked up HOSTS file, to find this file go Access folder C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC Then right click and delete the "HOSTS" file.

Also, when the shutdown timer starts try Opening the "Run" Program on the start menu, then after you do that, type "Shutdown -a" and hit enter.

After you've done that, Download install update and run both of the following:

http://www.malwarebytes.org/
http://www.superantispyware.com/

I'd recommend running both of them in safe mode, you can enter safe mode by restarting your computer and hitting f8 repeatedly while it's starting back up. Also I'd recommend disabling System Restore, as it can harbor malicious scripts that will re-introduce the infections back into your system.

If the problem still persists after this, try checking the user STARTUP folder and the system STARTUP folder for unwanted programs in there, as this could be a simple BATCH (.bat) file infection.

Best of luck!


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#9
February 3, 2010 at 08:23:43

ProxyNuker, most of the problems in re-directs are rootkits. Neither of those 2 cleaners will remove them.

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#10
February 8, 2010 at 01:56:10

Thanks a lot for your help guys - Hitman Pro did the trick.

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