Search engine results are redirected

Dell Optiplex 320 desktop
December 10, 2009 at 10:42:36
Specs: Windows XP
When I do a search on any search engine, the results come up fine, but when I click on it, it redirects me to different and random pages. I've looked through other posts and see that many have similar problems, but even so, one of the posts advised that it may not be the same issue. It's been going on for about a week now, I hope it doesn't get any worse.

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#1
December 10, 2009 at 12:42:09
What browser are you using? Have you tried another?

LIR


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#2
December 10, 2009 at 13:30:26
IE, it's my work computer so this is the only one that they allow us to use.

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#3
December 10, 2009 at 14:20:47
Since this is a work computer, contact your IT Dept.

LIR


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#4
December 10, 2009 at 14:22:43
We don't really have one ... but thanks anyway.

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#5
December 12, 2009 at 09:23:57
Then contact the "They" that allows you to use only IE.

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#6
December 12, 2009 at 09:28:45
To be honest, you are not being that helpful, so if there's nothing you can tell me about my computer issue, than there's no need to reply.

I did exhaust all other means before posting. Otherwise, I wouldn't have asked for a professional's advice.

It's very frustrating, and I'm sorry that we don't have a really competent IT department as you would think. Thanks again.


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#7
January 23, 2010 at 01:26:41
I know I'm jumping into this thread late. I hope you solved your problem already, but if you haven't...

It sounds like you have W32/Alureon Trojan (AKA Google Redirect Virus [TDL]) or some variant. It's relatively new and stealthy as all get-out. Malwarebytes, CDFix, Sophos Anti-Rootkit, GMER anti-rootkit, Microsoft Security Essentials, ComboFix & Spybot Search & Destroy 1.62 FAILED to pick up on it; and Hijack This! logs appeared clean. (McAfee didn't notice it either, but that doesn't surprise me <snicker>).

The only thing that killed it was a product called Hitman Pro (the version I used was 3.5), you can find it on CNET.Com or from their page here:
http://files.surfright.nl/HitmanPro35.exe. It's free for 30 days; it only needed 10 minutes to clean this machine. Also, Microsoft has an article about it here:
http://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/Threat/Encyclopedia/Entry.aspx?Name=Win32/Alureon if you want to take a shot at manual removal.

Hope this helps!


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#8
January 23, 2010 at 16:40:48
Strikelord's link was back to this page. Here's the MS article.

http://www.microsoft.com/security/p...


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#9
January 23, 2010 at 22:40:13
This browser hijacker infections (wich redirects search queries) can be fixed by using UnHack-Me tool. ot by following the manual instructions from
http://darfuns.com/remove-google-se...

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