Browser Hijack Virus

Dell / DIMENSION 2400
March 26, 2009 at 18:23:25
Specs: Windows XP v2002 SP3
I have been struggling with the dreaded browser hijack virus for 2 days now. Internet browsing is very sluggish. The links in google search results invariably send me to bogus sites ( or shopping sites) or, in the case of Tech support forums, return "internet explorer cannot display the webpage". I have run HijackTHis v2.0.2, which revealed 26 Hosts files, all with the same address; I removed all of them and have relief from the shopping websites, but am still unable to access tech & security websites. I used your automated HijackThis Log analyzer and fixed a few more items, but I am still having the problem. Please help!

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March 27, 2009 at 05:01:38
Try to scan with Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

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March 27, 2009 at 09:29:28
Malwarebytes was my 1st line of offense. Then AVG Anti-Virus (which did a fine scan, then caused conflicts so I removed it), then Ad-Aware (didn't fix it). Advanced SystemCare (didn't fix it), CCleaner (didn't fix it), csshredderf (didn't fix it), LSPFix (couldn't figure out what to do with it), HijackThis (used automatic log analyzer, deleted a BUNCH of stuff, didn't fix it), I ran ComboFix, then installed Avira AntiVirus Personal, rebooted, in 1 minute the screen went black and went into safe reboot mode. I selected "last known good configuration" then unistalled Avira. Miraculously the problem is now gone, I assume ComboFix did it. I reset my cable modem and router, released & renewed IP settings, and it looks like I'm good to go. Frankly, as I really don't know a lot about system files, I am waiting for one of the "fixes" I made to come around and bite me in the butt, but it hasn't happened yet. I am now running ZoneAlarm firewall which seems effective while using mimimal system resources. I will attempt to reload AVG Anti-Virus, assuming previous problems were related to the virus. Can you recommend a virus program that has MINIMAL impact on performance? I'll pay, but not for some hog that's going to bloat out my system. Thanks for your reply.

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