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Google search results being redirected

March 18, 2011 at 16:41:53
Specs: Windows XP

Google search results being redirected , I found 'host' listings ( by the hundreds) in windows/ folder but when I tried deleting them it would not save the changed "Host" file.

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#1
March 18, 2011 at 18:01:02

Go to Search > Notepad and right click it > Run as Administrator.

Then inside Notepad, click Open and navigate to your hosts file.

Make the necessary adjustments, and click save. It should save them.

As for removing whatever virus caused them, I suggest you download MalwareBytes Anti Malware, run a full system scan, and delete everything it finds.


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#2
March 18, 2011 at 18:22:09

Hosts File
http://home.comcast.net/~SupportCD/...
Myth - "Special AntiSpyware Hosts Files are necessary to prevent Spyware infections."

See if you can rename the hosts file.
Do a search for the hosts file ( In Windows\system32\drivers\etc ) & rename to > hosts.txt or hostsold.
If you want to use it again, change it back to what it was.
http://www.accs-net.com/hosts/how_t...

How to remove Google Redirects or the TDSS, TDL3, or Alureon rootkit
http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/vir...
http://support.kaspersky.com/faq/?q...
http://deletemalware.blogspot.com/2...
http://www.brighthub.com/internet/s...
How to fix Google Redirects aka Win32/Olmarik, Rootkit.Win32.TDSS.u, Win32/Alureon.F, Backdoor.Tid
http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topi...

What is Google search redirect virus and how to remove it?
http://darfuns.com/remove-google-se...
http://www.troublefixers.com/remove...

How to remove gxvxcserv.sys trojan (google redirect virus)
http://www.myantispyware.com/2009/0...

Google Installer Virus
http://tonysgeektips.wordpress.com/...


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#3
March 19, 2011 at 06:53:42

Thank you for your reply :
Mitch , I tried deleting the list in my host files , as you suggest , and as I first posted , but when I tried closing the file I get the message :
" can not create the C:/windows/system32/drivers/etc/host file . Make sure path and name are correct .

Then when I click ok , I get a save window option , I save it as 'host , and it saved a txt file size 1 kb , but the host file is still there unchanged size 145 kb.

I have run Malware Bytes and it found a BHO object , which I deleted , but I still have the redirect going on. Thank you for your help.

John w , I will try some of the suggested sights . I am unsure of renaming the host file , what does that file do ? am I going to mess something up by renaming it? Thank you for your help.
Tim L


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#4
March 19, 2011 at 08:39:54

Just try these utilities, if they don't clean the problem, run them in safe mode
Try downloading and running these utilities in the exact order
1- rkill.exe (kills the malware process)
2- TDSS killer (removes unwanted rootkits if found)
3- Malwarebytes
run in full scan and fix all it finds, then reboot

Some HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions Cheers


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#5
March 20, 2011 at 06:10:12

XPUser4Real : Thank you for your reply. I tried the suggested moves and I still have the redirect occuring.
The process killer took some doing but stopped a couple things once I got it to load.

TDSSLKiller found nothing, MalwareBytes found nothing , so I ran Adaware and Spybot which found a couple Trojans .

I wanted to try running them in SafeMode but I couldn't get my pc to open in safemode. I'll keep tyring. Thank you again for your help.
Tim L


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#6
March 20, 2011 at 06:14:11

combofix will probably nip it in the bud:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/com...
Follow the tutorial and you should be fine

Some HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions Cheers


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