Lingering Effects of Virus/Trojan

November 3, 2010 at 10:43:07
Specs: Windows Vista
My computer knowledge is admittedly pretty slim but I've followed some of the other advice on here thanks to it being quite clear and direct.

For about the last week Norton had been having messages pop up at the bottom of my screen saying "A recent attempt has been blocked." This was happening, I would say, sometimes as frequently as once every 3-5 minutes. Well, I was away it turns out that someone else here allowed our Norton subscription to expire. The computer was attacked and things got messed up pretty quickly.

First it was that just about any link I clicked would redirect me to some other site. Also, when I type in certain addresses it will take me to something else, most frequently "". The Norton warnings were saying something about E-mail fraud or something along those lines and classified their risk as HIGH. I just ran Malwarebytes like recommended in another posting. It found 6 threats which I removed. Seems to have stopped the links from redirecting but certain sites still take me to the address previously posted and who knows what might be going on with my email unbeknownst to me.

Any help is greatly appreciated!!

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November 3, 2010 at 12:14:16
A few thoughts:

- Run MSCONFIG & disable any suspicious items on the startup list.

- Install CCleaner-Slim & run both the cleaner & the registry scanner. Remove everything they find.

- Make sure you have "show hidden files & folders" enabled, then look for the HOSTS file in the C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc folder. Open it with notepad. It *should* look something like this:


- If there are numerous IP addresses listed, you *may* have a hijacker problem. Close notepad, make a copy of HOSTS & name it HOSTS.old, then run this Fix It:

- Dump Norton & replace it with Windows Security Essentials. Update it then run a full scan from safe mode.

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November 3, 2010 at 14:21:09
I'd think about clean install from OEM sources. Then apply all service packs and use good antivirus and antimalware along with best practices to avoid this in the future.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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November 10, 2010 at 12:49:52
Hi and thanks everyone for your responses but NONE of this has worked! I also got a free edition of SuperAntiSpyware from a friend who knows a decent amount about computers and it found 4 things, some adware and something else, which I quarantined and removed but it still does the same thing!

It constantly redirects me to other websites. And certain sites it will not take me to altogether. PLEASE help, I am getting very frustrated.

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