about:blank pops up while on IE

Hewlett-packard / PAVILION
March 30, 2013 at 06:45:09
Specs: Windows Vista, 2 G
While in IE I often get a blank window "about:blank" and have to get out and start IE again. I also have Microsoft Security Essentials. Why does this not catch the about:blank virus? and what can I do to get rid of it?

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March 30, 2013 at 13:11:55
As this is not permanent then I doubt if it is a setting. A virus is possible so for starters download, install and run MalwareBytes freebie. You can get it here:

If it finds and fixes anything of consequence then it proves it is/was virus activity. In which case that aspect might need more specialized attention.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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March 30, 2013 at 17:25:40
After running MalwareBytes, copy & post the contents of the log please.

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March 30, 2013 at 18:08:48
Thanks for your taking the time to answer my question.
Following is the Malwarebytes report, it didn't find anything:

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Database version: v2013.03.30.04

Windows Vista Service Pack 2 x86 NTFS
Internet Explorer 9.0.8112.16421
Xytrol :: XYTROL-PC [administrator]

3/30/2013 10:15:38 AM
mbam-log-2013-03-30 (10-15-38).txt

Scan type: Quick scan
Scan options enabled: Memory | Startup | Registry | File System | Heuristics/Extra | Heuristics/Shuriken | PUP | PUM
Scan options disabled: P2P
Objects scanned: 225612
Time elapsed: 7 minute(s), 51 second(s)

Memory Processes Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Files Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)


I then ggogled "about:blank" and found numerous entries, some even selling a program which will remove the about:blank virus.

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March 30, 2013 at 18:24:58
Thanks for the MBAM log.

The badies are always ahead of the goodies, be aware, this can be a very long process, involving many different tools to clean up an infected comp.

As we dismantle the infection bit by bit, that may allow the repeat use of programs, which may in turn pick up more.

1: Download & run Unhide
A introduction as to what this program does.
For those of you who no longer have the %Temp%\Smtmp folder, you will not be able to use Unhide to restore your Start Menu items. With this in mind, I have created some scripts to restore the default Start Menu for specific versions of Windows that I have access to. You can view the available versions below. I will be adding more as time goes on.
Once the program has been downloaded, double-click on the Unhide.exe icon on your desktop and allow the program to run, it does take some time, be patient. This program will remove the +H, or hidden, attribute from all the files on your hard drives. If there are any files that were purposely hidden by you, you will need to hide them again after this tool is run.
When Unhide is complete, it will create a logfile on the Windows Desktop called Unhide.txt. Let me know if it dosn't produce a log please.

2: Reboot

3: Run RogueKiller
Download & SAVE to your Desktop.
Quit all programs that you may have started.
Please disconnect any USB or external drives from the computer before you run this scan!
For Vista or Windows 7, right-click and select "Run as Administrator to start"
For Windows XP, double-click to start.
Wait until Prescan has finished ...
Then Click on "Scan" button
Wait until the Status box shows "Scan Finished"
click on "delete"
Wait until the Status box shows "Deleting Finished"
Click on "Report" and copy/paste the content of the Notepad into your next reply.
The log should be found in RKreport[1].txt on your Desktop
Exit/Close RogueKiller.

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