Solved my browser keeps redirecting me

August 16, 2010 at 16:38:46
Specs: Windows XP
I was the lucky recipient of a antispyware soft malware virus and though I thought I had removed it, I am still having a problem with my browser redirecting me.

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February 28, 2011 at 07:24:14
Working on my father's XP computer - Firefox was being redirected when a site was selected off a Google search - went to another search engine, seemingly at random. Malware Byes and CC Cleaner and No Adware had all removed worms and Trojans.

I removed Firefox and deleted all the folders that related to it (programs; documents and settings, etc.). Then I reinstalled it - still redirecting.

Finally I went into Firefox | Tools | Options | Privacy; there I clicked on CLEAR RECENT HISTORY and cleared EVERYTHING, including checking the box for SITE PREFERENCES.

This seems to have fixed the issue.



#1
August 16, 2010 at 23:32:59
How did you attempt to remove it?
How do you know you're being redirected?

If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right.


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#2
August 17, 2010 at 15:40:09
I manually removed the files I could from the registry based on some information I compiled from different sites. I changed my internet settings as they advised, but when I do a search, I can click on the link, but then I watch as it says redirect (sometimes multiple times), then I end up at a page that it usually an ad, a shopping site, or some other site listing similar search results that are ads.

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#3
August 17, 2010 at 15:59:59
I manually removed the files listed on the link Deena provided (that I hadn't previously removed) with the exception of the "other" files - I'm not sure where to find those. I am still being redirected.

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#4
August 21, 2010 at 22:42:26
Maybe the site is legitimately redirecting you?

The other option is to reset your browser to the default settings.
Assuming you're using IE, go to Tools, then Internet Options, then click the Advanced tab. Next go ahead and hit the Reset button (Reset Internet Explorer Settings.) This will wipe away any changes (postive or negative) and will reset your browser as if it were Day 1 again. You will have to reset your settings as you go, but the redirect should stop.

If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right.


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#5
August 27, 2010 at 15:06:35
The problem of the Browser search Hijacking is caused by the firmware (spyware) on the D-Link Routers. To test it, hook up your computer straight to the ISP modem without going through the router. Most likely that will eliminate the hijacking issue. Write to D-Link and complain. Better yet, take the router back for a refund and get a different brand.

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#6
August 30, 2010 at 07:44:43
You could try running a scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. It is a very good antimalware program which will remove a lot of viruses and spyware and delete stuff which other programs do not find completely. I read the post above me about the router, this program won't detect that, I didn't know about spyware in the router. But this program should be able to remove most of the virus, hopefully stopping redirections if they are still happening on the computer.

The link to download is:
http://www.malwarebytes.org/
Give the computer a full scan with it and see what comes up.
Hope this helps.


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#7
January 19, 2011 at 18:16:32
If your browser keeps redirecting , its most likely a redirecting virus , more anoying than anything .. click the link , takes you to a google virus thing gets rid of the redirecting problem .. hope it helps .. http://576a5l6lu23ldkbaxp29t4tan0.h...

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#8
January 19, 2011 at 20:26:41
If malwarebytes doesn't fix the problem try:
Trojan Remover
Hitman Pro
Fix all they find...it has NOTHING to do with your router....also, I wouldn't trust the link in response 7.

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


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February 28, 2011 at 07:24:14
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Working on my father's XP computer - Firefox was being redirected when a site was selected off a Google search - went to another search engine, seemingly at random. Malware Byes and CC Cleaner and No Adware had all removed worms and Trojans.

I removed Firefox and deleted all the folders that related to it (programs; documents and settings, etc.). Then I reinstalled it - still redirecting.

Finally I went into Firefox | Tools | Options | Privacy; there I clicked on CLEAR RECENT HISTORY and cleared EVERYTHING, including checking the box for SITE PREFERENCES.

This seems to have fixed the issue.


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