Worm or virus causing random search popups

April 10, 2011 at 02:43:02
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate, Intel Quad Core 2.4Ghz/ 4GB
If I have anything in the search box in Firefox I get random search engines popping up with a single page result in a new tab. I typed in "Weekend break" into the search box at 09:20. I closed the results page and at 10:11 I got a random pop-up from "tosearchtoday.com". Looking at my Firefox history the pop-up starts at "http://darkprofits.com/search.php" then to "http://clicks.bluelinkmarketing.com" then to "http://hytr8lzz02.com/" and finally, to "http://tosearchtoday.com/". I have added all of these sites to the Ad-Blocker Plus plugin I have for Firefox, so I shall have to wait and see which search site pop-up next time.

This has been happening for about a month now. I am running COMODO Internet Security for firewall and anti-virus and I make sure it is up-to-date. It runs a full and automatic check every night at 3AM. I have not downloaded anything without scanning it before I open the .zip or .rar and the only .exe files I open are installs or updates from trusted sites e.g. Adobe Flash and I do not download from any mirrors only direct from the site.

This doesn't seem to be causing any issues with my PC it's just annoying at the moment but I am afraid that there maybe something else lurking and I don't want it on my PC!

Any suggestions?

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April 10, 2011 at 07:39:05
I read in this pc magazine that comodo internet security is useless.restart in safe mode download malwarebytes antimalware and rename the setup file to 9e469h84578ew45.exe and install it in safe mode and install then goto the place were you installed malwrbytes and change mbam.exe to 5g85t9h87h8.exe and run it then run a quick scan and remove all the viruses found and then run a full scan after you removed all the viruses uninstall comodo and download avast free antivirus or microsoft security essentials.Both of these will do a far better job than comodo was doing.In short if you keep it updated regurarly( it will upate automatically)viruses like this won't get in.

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April 11, 2011 at 01:32:28
Thanks, I did investigate thoroughly before choosing COMODO, and I haven't had any other problems at all. It has caught all the other malware, trojans and virii without fail.

Are those specific names to rename to or are they just random?

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April 11, 2011 at 04:21:10
the file names are random you just have to make the virus think its not an antivirus cuz many av installers have a specific and the virus will delete procesesses with that name

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