Click Link, redirects me to spam web page?

June 15, 2014 at 01:29:24
Specs: Windows 7
When I clicked a link on a website, it redirected to a spam web page. How was this done, and should I be worried?

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#1
June 15, 2014 at 02:32:50
You "may" have acquired (likely more than a few) univited guests...

They arrive often as part of some software you installed recently, or on occasion via an unsolicied email - which you opened etc...

There are on occasion spoof links "out there" set to do just what you experienced too, and one never knows what they may have dropped into your system as a result. Either way...

Suggest you download and run each of these utilities; noting carefully the caveat/advisory warning I've included re' how to install them.

Should you be "worried" at the redirect? Perhaps not "worried" as such but certainly a little concerned. You have no way of knowing what else may also lurking around too - and the utilities suggested will take care of most of them.

Also ensure your anti-virus utilty is up to date too.

Utilities to run:

ccleaner from:

http://filehippo.com/download_cclea...

Malwarebytes - freebie version:

http://filehippo.com/download_malwa...

Adwcleaner:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/dow...

Junkware removal tool:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/dow...

When you install each utility - do NOT opt for automatic or custom installation. Opt to "manually" install it. Then observe carefully what tick boxes are "ticked/checked" and uncheck them all - apart from the utility itself. You do NOT want to install "useful" browser add-ons, nor change your home page; nor change your search engine and so on. All you want to install is the actual utility itself. Just about every utility these day offers to "give you useful extras" - which you do not need. Decline any and all of them.

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#2
June 15, 2014 at 20:07:00
I agree with running the above scans. But if you haven't run them already I'd appreciate it if you'd try this first:

http://cwshredder.en.lo4d.com/downl...

CWshredder is an older tool for removing some web page hijackers. We used to recommend it a lot back then and I'd be curious to know if it's still a worthwhile tool. If you do try it post back if it finds anything.


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#3
June 19, 2014 at 22:39:22
none of these links are working. sorry.
Utilities to run:

ccleaner from:

http://filehippo.com/download_cclea...

Malwarebytes - freebie version:

http://filehippo.com/download_malwa...

Adwcleaner:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/dow...


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#4
June 19, 2014 at 22:49:18
"none of these links are working"

Run in this order.

Step1: Run AdwCleaner
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Antivi...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
How to download from Softpedia
http://i.imgur.com/BWELEfV.gif
http://i.imgur.com/4luY3rU.gif
http://www.raymond.cc/blog/adwclean...
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/dow...
Author's site
http://general-changelog-team.fr/en...
Tutorial
http://general-changelog-team.fr/en...
Please download AdwCleaner by Xplode onto your Desktop. If your default download location is not the Desktop, drag it out of it's location onto the Desktop.
Close all open programs and internet browsers.
Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool.
Click on Clean.
Confirm each time with Ok.
Your computer will be rebooted automatically. A text file will open after the restart.
Please Copy & Paste the contents of that logfile with your next answer.
You can find the logfile at C:\AdwCleaner[S1].txt as well.

Step 2: Run Junkware Removal Tool
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Securi...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
How to download from Softpedia
http://i.imgur.com/qO92huz.gif
http://i.imgur.com/qzTUYkX.gif
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/dow...
http://thisisudax.blogspot.com.au/2...
Download Junkware Removal Tool onto your Desktop. If your default download location is not the Desktop, drag it out of it's location onto the Desktop.
Warning! Once the scan is complete JRT will shut down your browser with NO warning.
Shut down your protection software now to avoid potential conflicts.
Temporarily disable your antivirus and any antispyware real time protection before performing a scan.
Click this link to see a list of security programs that should be disabled and how to disable them.
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/for...
http://www.techsupportforum.com/for...
Run the tool by double-clicking it. If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7/8, right-click JRT and select Run as Administrator.
The tool will open and start scanning your system.
Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system's specifications.
On completion, a log (JRT.txt) is saved onto your Desktop and will automatically open.
Copy and Paste the contents of the JRT.txt log please.

Step 3: Run Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware ( MBAM ) Free Version. Use Quick scan. Copy and Paste the contents of the log, in your reply please.

http://i.imgur.com/U9IqcVj.gif
http://i.imgur.com/zHMG6J9.gif
Or,
http://i.imgur.com/eLcvyZD.gif
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Antivi...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
http://www.malwarebytes.org/free/
Make sure you uncheck > Enable free trial < at the END of the install.
http://i.imgur.com/tUFCbYz.gif
If your MBAM log indicates "No action taken". That's usually a result of NOT clicking the Apply Actions button after the scan. In most cases, a restart will be required.
Quick Scan versus Full Scan
http://forums.malwarebytes.org/inde...


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#5
June 23, 2014 at 20:57:40
JohnW, he's right, those links don't work. I tried them on my iPad which I know is virus free and they come up with 404 errors.

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#6
June 23, 2014 at 21:41:29
"JohnW, he's right, those links don't work"
THX 1138, the OP is referring to Post #1, I provided links that work.

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