System Hijacked

Acer Aspire one aoa150-1570 netbook
July 28, 2010 at 21:53:05
Specs: Windows XP, 1.6GHz/1 GB
My system has been hijacked and is driving me crazy. It started out only effecting searches on Yahoo and every result went to a completely different website. Now it also effects results from google. I've run Malware Bytes, a-squared, Panda Cloud, AVG, and Avast anti-virus and nothing works. Avast finds something in safe mode, but I'm denied access to remove or quarantine it even when logged in as administrator. Avast has caught a ton of viruses coming from the browser redirects. This is an Acer netbook, so I'm limited to no optical drive.
It also seems the virus is really starting to effect performance with browser speed. We've been careful to avoid going to secure websites while dealing with this but it's really becoming a nuissance.

Any suggestions are appreciated.


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July 29, 2010 at 05:10:49
Try Trojan Remover
and Hitman Pro
Run them till they are clean and then uninstall them in all programs with their own uninstaller.

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July 29, 2010 at 10:16:33
Jake, try following these steps if what XP suggested doesn't work: " disable Javascript in Firefox by going to Tools > Options > Content, and untick Enable Javascript, I would also do the same thing in Internet Explorer by going to Tools > Internet Options > Security > Custom Level > Look for the "Scripting" option, and disable it, then try running TDSS Killer found here:

If that doesn't work, try changing your DNS using OpenDNS (you don't have to sign up for an account if you don't want to,) you can do this by following this tutorial:

To configure TCP/IP, follow these steps:

1. Click Start, click Control Panel, click Network and Internet Connections, and then click Network Connections.
2. Right-click the network connection that you want to configure, and then click Properties.
3. On the General tab (for a local area connection), or the Networking tab (for all other connections), click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), and then click Properties.
4. If you want to obtain DNS server addresses from a DHCP server, click Obtain DNS server address automatically.
5. If you want to manually configure DNS server addresses, click Use the following DNS server addresses, and then type the preferred DNS server and alternate DNS server IP addresses in the Preferred DNS server and Alternate DNS server boxes.

For Preferred DNS, please type in without the quotes "", and for Alternate DNS type in "".

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July 30, 2010 at 20:42:34
Thank you both for your suggestions. It looks like the two programs Xp suggested worked. I have no browser re-directs and I was able to get to Windows Update, which was blocked before. I know a netbook is never going to be blazing fast, but performance has at least been restored. Thanks again for all the help.


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July 30, 2010 at 21:39:56
Thanks for posting back, it will help others ;-)

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