search engine results redirect to ad sites

August 24, 2011 at 22:51:24
Specs: Windows 7
Every time I use a search engine, the results redirect to ad sites. It hasn't become a problem yet, just mostly annoying. Another thing that happens is that the computer restarts itself every night. I want to nip this in the bud but I can't find a program that detects it. Some help would be great.. thanks!

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#1
August 24, 2011 at 22:58:47
Try a full scan with Malwarebytes;
http://www.filehippo.com/download_m...
sometimes that nips it in the bud....fix all it finds

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#2
August 25, 2011 at 14:25:53
yeah malwarebytes is usually the one antivirus software that finds this stuff, but I already ran it and it didn't find anything. It's slipping past these scans.

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#3
August 25, 2011 at 14:28:24
It's always nice to include all things tried so we don't give similar answers.

Try these 3 in the EXACT order:
1- Rkill.exe
2- TDSS Killer
3- Malwarebytes in full scan and fix all it finds.
DO NOT Reboot untill after the last scan done

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#4
August 25, 2011 at 16:02:09
Of course, my apologies. One other thing I read somewhere and tried was opening the hosts file and deleting the extra IP addresses, but when I opened it there weren't any extras, so there was nothing to delete.

Thanks for your help, but I tried the rkill/tdss/malware scan and both scans came up with nothing.

Another thing I forgot to mention is that sometimes if I leave the computer alone for too long (normally when it would play a screensaver if I had one), the screen goes black and nothing can wake it up. Not clicking, typing, pressing the power button, none of that works, so I have to hold the start button until it turns off and restart it that way. Any ideas?


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#5
August 25, 2011 at 16:05:51
yes, check your power settings in the control panel... is your system 32 Bit by chance?

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#6
August 26, 2011 at 00:11:23
no, it's a 64-bit. and the power settings didn't help, according to them, I should be able to "wake up" the display again by moving the mouse. Yet when this happens, moving the mouse doesn't wake it up.

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#7
August 26, 2011 at 09:09:41
what I am saying is to set the power settings so that the screen saver comes on. Sleep mode should ONLY be used with laptops as a power saving feature.

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#8
September 3, 2011 at 14:19:15
Oh I see. How come, just out of curiosity? Is sleep mode bad for it?

Here's the thing though, I don't think it's going into sleep mode because it hasn't done this before and I never changed the settings. It's shutting down, and when I turn it back on, it says "windows is recovering from an unexpected shutdown" or something like that.


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