Redirecting Virus?

Twila
#1
Anybody know how to get rid of it? I have superantispyware and Avast and it's still there.

When I open a search and find the thing I want, clicking on it just sends me to another search engine...

sometimes it tells me the page contains no data or was interrupted...

frustration is a mild word for how it's making me feel...

any advice?
 
Scott Free
#2
Try Spybot search and destroy.
 
Twila
#3
yep, doesn't work. won't let me update the for spybot. It's a tricky ****er.
 
shadowshiv
#4
You seem to have quite a bit of trouble with viruses lately Twila.
 
Ron in Regina
#5
Twila, why don't you try this tool that I used to hunt out and kill that "XP Antivirus 2009" thing
as, worst case, it doesn't do anything...and you just delete it. It costs nothing either...

It can be found at: XPAntivirus 2009 Removal Guide - MS Windows Vista Compatible Software and is called SmitFraudFix.

Just follow the eleven steps. It may or may not catch it, but you don't know if you don't try. Good Luck!
Last edited by Ron in Regina; Nov 13th, 2008 at 11:01 PM..Reason: I was too quck to hit the "post reply" button.
 
Scott Free
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by Twila View Post

yep, doesn't work. won't let me update the for spybot. It's a tricky ****er.

It's probably some kind of hijack that you have consented to then. I would try scouring programs you've added recently, any add ons (tool bars, screen savers etc) and services (go through Start ->Run-> "msconfig").

Try Rons's solution first. My solution is a little harsh and like clear cutting. You could avoid all that hassle by doing a system restore too.
 
Twila
#7
Scott, this is the same problem as before. Everytime I think AH HA! I've got it, bam! it's back or never really gone.

thank you both, Scott and Ron, for your help. I shall give the smitfix a whirl.
 
scratch
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by Ron in Regina View Post

Twila, why don't you try this tool that I used to hunt out and kill that "XP Antivirus 2009" thing
as, worst case, it doesn't do anything...and you just delete it. It costs nothing either...

It can be found at: XPAntivirus 2009 Removal Guide - MS Windows Vista Compatible Software and is called SmitFraudFix.

Just follow the eleven steps. It may or may not catch it, but you don't know if you don't try. Good Luck!

G'Day Ron,

Firefox in response to this gave me a new application: `AdBlock Plus`. And Firefox 3.0.3 updated as well. Must be an S.O.B. thing!

regards,
scratch
 
Ron in Regina
#9
G'Day Scratch,
I haven't tried the Firefox thing at home yet, as I hit the computer for 5-10 minutes and walk
away for an hour or two, and repeat. I will check it out this weekend though, and I do appreciate
the advice.

This thing I picked up (and managed to squash...this time) is only the second time anything
like this has happened to me in about a decade. That's twice too many though. The last one
was about 6-7 years ago and the kids (they're men now) where on some video game cheat
code site and picked something up. I don't remember much about it now, other than being
really P.O.'d at the time....the Virus & Malware stuff seems to be getting worse and not
better lately.

Here's my question. If I install this FireFox on my computer, will it conflict with other things
like AVG or Ad-Aware, etc?
 
scratch
#10
Ron,

Honestly I do not know.

What I do know is that Zan and karrie use Firefox and seem satisfied but haven't attached SpamAssassin to it.

Perhaps the best thing to do is try Firefox first.

Sincere Regards,
scratch
 
lone wolf
#11
I'd suggest a yardsale comp for the kids....
 
Twila
#12
Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolf View Post

I'd suggest a yardsale comp for the kids....

hmm, at first I read this sentence without the word comp and thought Good Idea!
 
lone wolf
#13
Quote: Originally Posted by Twila View Post

hmm, at first I read this sentence without the word comp and thought Good Idea!

Kryptonite either way, I guess.... Ain't FREDs fun when they're ailin'?
 
Andem
#14
Twila, I recently managed to get a malware agent on one of my pcs and after running a bunch of different programs to get rid of it, only "Combofix" did the trick. Because the software is somewhat more advanced than the typical point, click and scan programs out there, there are some preventative measures to be taken before running the program but they are all listed at A guide and tutorial on using ComboFix along with a download link.
 
Twila
#15
Thanks Andem. Looks like i'll have some studying to do this weekend... btw love your avatar. Have you played Little Big Planet? and if so, is it as much fun as it looks?
 
lone wolf
#16
ELEVEN steps for SmitFraudFix!?!? Damn! Sounds like I have some more puttering around to do yet! I thought I sent ol' FRED here to the neitherworld a couple of times. Aw heck ... all the black screens and flashy things are almost worth the price of admission....
 
Ron in Regina
#17
Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolf View Post

ELEVEN steps for SmitFraudFix!?!? Damn! Sounds like I have some more puttering around to do yet! I thought I sent ol' FRED here to the neitherworld a couple of times. Aw heck ... all the black screens and flashy things are almost worth the price of admission....

Most of the steps are most likely common sense to someone less computer challenged as
myself....but it's put out step by step for someone like me who is very non-techie...so that
they're not making assumptions about my computer competence level. I like it simple and
step by step, assuming I know nothing when it comes to something like this. Way less
frustrating (whether it works or not) if you know you've done it exactly as they state, so
if it doesn't work, it's not due to your (OK...my) lack of knowledge.
 
scratch
#18
Computereze can be that way and they do not discriminate!
scratch
 
lone wolf
#19
Hmmph! I'm more the plug-it-in-and-hope-it-works sorta techie. Up until a few years ago, outside of the Instant Teller, all I had to do with computers was to occasionally haul a load of them.
 
scratch
#20
Sadly life and technology do move forward....
 
Twila
#21
Quote:

Hmmph! I'm more the plug-it-in-and-hope-it-works sorta techie. Up until a few years ago, outside of the Instant Teller, all I had to do with computers was to occasionally haul a load of them.

I use to think I was savvy...I could hook up my stereo, tv, vcr and program them and also hook up a computer, no sweat.. Now I can't..we have a hd 1080p lcd tv hooked up to our computer, a ps3, and the sterio with all kinds of speakers, cables, and such I'm lost. It's getting crazy techno out there.
 
scratch
#22
Just the direction things are going in now!
 
Risus
#23
Quote: Originally Posted by Twila View Post

Anybody know how to get rid of it? I have superantispyware and Avast and it's still there.

When I open a search and find the thing I want, clicking on it just sends me to another search engine...

sometimes it tells me the page contains no data or was interrupted...

frustration is a mild word for how it's making me feel...

any advice?

You get what you pay for. Forget that free crap...
 
scratch
#24
Risus,
You are very poorly informed.
 
Risus
#25
Quote: Originally Posted by scratch View Post

Risus,
You are very poorly informed.

Not at all.....
 
scratch
#26
Just hiding your ignorance.
 
DurkaDurka
#27
Twila, check your host file:
Windows XP Home c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts


Go here:
How do I use the Hosts File?



 
MissAnnika
#28
enter your comp into safe mode, cut it off from the internet and all other programs and run the best anti virus program you have. give it an hour or so. if that doesnt work try downloading a better anti virus and try the same thing again (i have avg)
 
scratch
#29
Niki.
Install Firefox.
 
DurkaDurka
#30
Quote: Originally Posted by scratch View Post

Niki.
Install Firefox.

That's not a solution for anything, although I do suggest Firefox.

That's like people saying "install linux so you don't get viruses" What is ignored is the fact that most people use the opposites of that browser & OS.

Help the person with the problem, providing alternatives are great but it will not fix her current problem. If the host file is corrupted, it will affect both IE & FF. For example, before requesting a lookup from the ISP, the browser will first look at the local host.

If the OS see's any entry like
Google.com 216.23.32.11 (any IP)

Any Ip can be inserted to represent google. real or not.
 

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