Search Engine Pop-Up Virus

December 22, 2008 at 14:03:47
Specs: Windows Xp SP2, Pentium D 3.4Ghz/ 3GB of

I've been trying to get rid of this virus all day and tried almost everything I could so far. If I click on a link from a google search, or yahoo search, or likely any search, this is with both Firefox AND Internet Explorer, a new tab opens up to some seemingly random other site, usually different search engines that I've never seen before or fake anti virus offers. The search link that I actually pressed never opens. My computer is also slower all around and some websites (like anti spyware and anti virus sites like AVG) won't even load. I've used AVG and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and they both found several viruses and bad registry entries,and I went through with deleting them and restarting but this problem still occurs. Any help would be greatly appreciated, I really do not know what to do.


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December 23, 2008 at 13:09:40
well avg is not very good it won't recognize certain viruses and it can't remove them efficiantly. i would remove avg first and try kaspersky antivirus trial and download spyeraser 2 its not free but if it finds something you will know the name of it. people will slag off spyeraser 2 but thats because uniblue messed spyeraser 1 up so bad but they got it right in version 2 and it found and successfully removed 4 trojans that all the other virus programs out there didn't even notice.

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January 1, 2009 at 17:20:39
Not sure if you already found the solution, but I too have been dealing with this for the past week. It infected my work laptop and was very frustrating. I went to every forum did all the steps, edited the registry, Ad-Aware, spybot, windows defender, Hijackthis, etc., nothing seemed to wipe it out, until tonight when I found a post regarding SuperAntiSpyware. I also wanted to get rid of IE7 but couldn't through any conventional means.

I had first deleted the IE keys in the registry then went into the ie7 folder in system32 and ran the spuintall.exe (I think that was what it was called). It finally was uninstalled and then I installed SuperAntiSpyware via Firefox ran it 2 times and all seems to have been cleared up. Hope that helps if you haven't figured it out yet.

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January 2, 2009 at 08:55:36
Now my situation is even worse. My computer can't boot up past the Windows loading screen, and after that there is just a blank screen and the mouse just hangs. I can't access safe mode, and when I tried to run checkdisk, which I was only able to do once, it said my C drive was RAW and couldn't be read. The virus had actually corrupted the boot sector of my drive and made it RAW. I ordered a new drive today, I'm going to install windows on it, then plug in the infected one and see If it can read it. If it can't, I have a slew of recovery programs to use that supposedly work well in this type of specific situation. I hope everything works out. I would suggest backing up everything important right away, because the virus will actually run new programs and copy more virus files into registry every time you restart windows. You should go into your System Configuration and stop anything weird from starting when you boot Windows. Good luck to you.

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