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  1. #1
    Thomas M. Guest

    Default Browser Hijack

    IE8

    It would seem that my browser has been hijacked, and I am having a
    difficult time fixing the problem. I've been able to reset my Home page
    and search provider (Google). However, if I do a Google query for
    anything, and then click on any of the resulting links, the browser goes
    through a series of redirects, eventually ending up on some bogus search
    page. And it's not the same page every time. In fact, there appears to
    be a couple of dozen bogus search pages that it alternates between.

    My anti-virus software is current, but the software is not picking up
    the problem. I downloaded HijackThis and tried to run that, but all I
    see happen is that a window opens up for a second or two and then
    closes, and after that I am unable to launch the program again until I
    reboot. I've checked the startup programs in msconfig, the Startup
    folder, and the Run key in the registry. I've dumped all temporary
    Internet files and all cookies. I've removed all the browser extensions
    and browser host objects that I don't recognize, and I also checked all
    the Hosts files that I could find on my machine.

    Can anyone advise me on how to fix this problem?

    --Tom

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  3. #2
    Don Varnau Guest

    Default Re: Browser Hijack

    Hi,
    Work through these steps:
    1. Scan with Windows Defender - already installed on Vista - free download
    for XP:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/pro...r/default.mspx

    2. Run the Malicious Software Removal Tool.
    http://www.microsoft.com/security/ma...e/default.mspx
    This is not a wide-spectrum tool, but is worth running.

    3. Run Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php

    4. Install and run the free version of SuperAntiSpyware from
    http://www.superantispyware.com/

    5. If there is *any* reason to suspect that these tools didn't remove all
    malware, visit one of these sites, register and follow the protocol.

    Aumha:
    http://www.aumha.net/viewforum.php?f=30
    Start at http://www.aumha.net/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=4075

    SpywareHammer:
    http://spywarehammer.com/simplemachi...s45&board=10.0
    Read:
    http://spywarehammer.com/simplemachi...s45&topic=87.0
    then
    http://spywarehammer.com/simplemachi...s45&topic=88.0

    Bleeping Computer:
    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/forum22.html
    -
    Hope this helps,
    Don
    [MS MVP- IE]

    "Thomas M." <ReplyToNewsgroup@Please.com> wrote in message
    news:MPG.2524c70b19b5e4fc989688@news.microsoft.com ...
    > IE8
    >
    > It would seem that my browser has been hijacked, and I am having a
    > difficult time fixing the problem. I've been able to reset my Home page
    > and search provider (Google). However, if I do a Google query for
    > anything, and then click on any of the resulting links, the browser goes
    > through a series of redirects, eventually ending up on some bogus search
    > page. And it's not the same page every time. In fact, there appears to
    > be a couple of dozen bogus search pages that it alternates between.
    >
    > My anti-virus software is current, but the software is not picking up
    > the problem. I downloaded HijackThis and tried to run that, but all I
    > see happen is that a window opens up for a second or two and then
    > closes, and after that I am unable to launch the program again until I
    > reboot. I've checked the startup programs in msconfig, the Startup
    > folder, and the Run key in the registry. I've dumped all temporary
    > Internet files and all cookies. I've removed all the browser extensions
    > and browser host objects that I don't recognize, and I also checked all
    > the Hosts files that I could find on my machine.
    >
    > Can anyone advise me on how to fix this problem?
    >
    > --Tom



  4. #3
    Bob Guest

    Default Re: Browser Hijack

    I had the same problem.

    After unsuccessfully trying every anti-virus/anti-spyware program I could
    think of I finally resorted to restoring to factory condition.


    "Thomas M." <ReplyToNewsgroup@Please.com> wrote in message
    news:MPG.2524c70b19b5e4fc989688@news.microsoft.com ...
    > IE8
    >
    > It would seem that my browser has been hijacked, and I am having a
    > difficult time fixing the problem. I've been able to reset my Home page
    > and search provider (Google). However, if I do a Google query for
    > anything, and then click on any of the resulting links, the browser goes
    > through a series of redirects, eventually ending up on some bogus search
    > page. And it's not the same page every time. In fact, there appears to
    > be a couple of dozen bogus search pages that it alternates between.
    >24hPoker
    > My anti-virus software is current, but the software is not picking up
    > the problem. I downloaded HijackThis and tried to run that, but all I
    > see happen is that a window opens up for a second or two and then
    > closes, and after that I am unable to launch the program again until I
    > reboot. I've checked the startup programs in msconfig, the Startup
    > folder, and the Run key in the registry. I've dumped all temporary
    > Internet files and all cookies. I've removed all the browser extensions
    > and browser host objects that I don't recognize, and I also checked all
    > the Hosts files that I could find on my machine.
    >
    > Can anyone advise me on how to fix this problem?
    >
    > --Tom



  5. #4
    Thomas M. Guest

    Default Re: Browser Hijack

    Thanks for the reply.

    Unfortunately, I've already tried that. I *knew* there was something
    missing from the laundry list of actions I included in my original post.

    --Tom

    In article <ewse7MXPKHA.1372@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl>, bob@nowhere.net
    says...
    > I had the same problem.
    >
    > After unsuccessfully trying every anti-virus/anti-spyware program I could
    > think of I finally resorted to restoring to factory condition.


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