Solved Search links being re-directed

June 3, 2011 at 08:31:02
Specs: Windows XP
After a virus attack (Windows Recovery B) which I finally cleaned up with norton power eraser, I find that no matter which browser I use (IE, Chrome, Firefox) that links found in an Internet search suddenly are sending me to either ad sites or to new lists of sites in some unknown search engine.

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June 3, 2011 at 18:12:31
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Please download TDSSKiller
Save it to the Desktop.

Note: If the infection does not let you download files on the infected computer, download the files/programs requested below to a clean computer and then transfer them to the Desktop of the infected computer. You can use a USB flash drive, or other removable media (CD, DVD, or, external hard drive).

Double-click* on TDSSKiller.exe to run the tool.
(*Vista/Windows 7 users, right-click the file, and select: Run As Administrator)

Click the Start Scan button.

Do not use the computer during the scan

If the scan completes with nothing found, click Close to exit.

When the scan finishes it displays a Scan results screen stating whether or not an infection was found on your computer.

To remove the infection, click on the Continue button.
If it does not say Cure on the results screen, leave it at the default action of Skip, and press the Continue button.

Do not change to Delete or Quarantine as it may delete infected files that are required for Windows to operate properly.

Reboot to finish the cleaning process.

If no reboot is requested, click on Report.
A log file should appear.

A log file named TDSSKiller_version_date_time_log.txt (i.e. TDSSKiller. is created and saved to the root directory (usually Local Disk C:).

>>Please provide the contents of TDSSKiller in your reply.<<

Also download aswMBR:
Save to the Desktop.

If the file does not download, copy the following to the address bar of your browser. Do not include the brackets!

Double click the aswMBR.exe icon to run it
Click the Scan button to start the scan
On completion of the scan, click the save log button
Save it to the Desktop.

>>Also post the aswMBR log in your reply.<<

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June 4, 2011 at 07:19:49
Thank you for your detailed reply. I very much appreciate the time and effort and the willingness to help.

My comfort level with potentially invasive software programs will, however, keep me from accessing an unknown utility program from a totally blank screen. Perhaps an advanced user with a mega-toolkit at his disposal would do this, but I am not computer savvy enough to download something sight unseen that contains no company name, site, business address, or background information.

If the problem I'm talking about here is common, then logically, there must be a spyware program from a known and reputable company that will address the issue.

Best wishes and thank you,

David Ward

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June 4, 2011 at 12:41:37
We understand your concern, however, you are probabbly just having a download problem.

If the file does not download, or you see a blank screen, paste the following, >without the brackets<, in the address bar of your browser:


Check out the info about TDSSKiller:

Paste the following, >without the brackets<, in the address bar of your browser:

It is a reputable program, and is used by advisors throughout the malware forums.

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