Virus Information

Discussion in 'Off-topic' started by kestak, Oct 10, 2010.

  1. kestak

    kestak New Member

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    Greetings,

    I got it by a virus. Second time in my whole life. And trust me, I surfed to bad websites a lot in the past. This time, I have no clue how I got it.

    Anyway. The behaviour is simple: You go on Google. type a search and you are redirected to another website than yous answer.

    I struggled for hours with this one. NOTHING on the web worked but Hitman Pro 3.5.

    If you encounter this issue, uses this free software for one month.

    Thank you
     
  2. gunsmoker

    gunsmoker Lawyer and Gun Activist

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    I had the same thing happen to one computer, and even two trips to a local computer shop could not fix it.
    When doing keyword searches in Google, or AOL's search engine, it would always take you to an unrelated website (not porn, just some commercial site that I had no interest in).

    The only way we can work with this computer is to use the Google Chrome browser, not the Internet Explorer one.
    I.E. will still take you to the wrong place on any search engine.

    Thanks for the tip about Hitman Pro.
     

  3. kestak

    kestak New Member

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    Greetings,

    That stupid thing just came back!!!!!!!!! The software did not remove it for long.

    I am at 2 swears (and it is Sunday - God day) to reformat the hard drive.....

    Thank you
     
  4. Archangel

    Archangel Moderator Staff Member

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  5. CountryGun

    CountryGun New Member

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    AVG can handle it for free too.
     
  6. kestak

    kestak New Member

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    Greetings,

    Both of them and Avast I tried. I tried a bunch of other tools.
    I am still working with combofix. As of now, after 3 runs, the problem is still there.

    Thank you
     
  7. AEKDB

    AEKDB New Member

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    Have you tried switching OS?
     
  8. spector

    spector New Member

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    ...or browsers? You aren't using IE, are you?
     
  9. Puffyfish

    Puffyfish New Member

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    Turn off the system restore. That's how they come back ad stop using IE.
     
  10. kestak

    kestak New Member

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    Greetings,

    This behaviour impacts ie and firefox.
    I did not do any system restore yet. Don't think it has an impact yet.

    Thank you
     
  11. Deek

    Deek Active Member

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    I know it's not recommended by many software pros, but here's my method for dealing with such infections (wiped antivirus2010 from my comp no prob).

    Start computer, disable internet (before it connects). Open task manager and select processes. Then run regedit. Enable internet while watching the processes screen, when you see the offending program, end it using task manager, you should now be able to operate your computer normally until the next start up. For a perm fix, copy/paste the program name into regedit and delete are registries associated with the program.
     
  12. Puffyfish

    Puffyfish New Member

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    You do not have to do a restore for it to come out. They often hide there and will emerge on their own.
    By turning it off it has one less place to hide and come back.
     
  13. Archangel

    Archangel Moderator Staff Member

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    Uh oh, I was waiting for this to come up!

    http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download

    Kestak try this:

    Boot to Safe mode without networking, then run MalwareBytes or your remover of choice.

    I've done this with a few pesky ones, connected the drive to my Linux box and run ClamAV http://www.clamav.net/lang/en/ to clear the virus off. With Windows not running, it removes it with no problems.
     
  14. TippinTaco

    TippinTaco New Member

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    All virus scans should be ran in safe mode if possible.
     
  15. AeroShooter

    AeroShooter Active Member

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    I've been running OS X for three years now w/out a single incident. Best decision I ever made, computing wise.
     
  16. TAP

    TAP New Member

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    I had a TDSS Alureon variant virus that I was not able to remove on my work pc. The virus became active on the same day I got an upgrade patch from windows. I tried TDSS killer, malwarebytes, hitmanpro, combofix, etc. I spent almost a day working to remove it and then we just reformatted the drive. Good luck but if this is similar to what you have I would just reformat.
     
  17. streetriots

    streetriots Clueless

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    I've been running a Windows OS for over 3 years now without a single incident. With no virus protection. If I do get a virus I will easily reformat. No big deal.

    Argh now I want to reformat just to do it.
     
  18. AEKDB

    AEKDB New Member

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    Getting a virus is an incident. I'm not sure but AeroShooter probably means 3 years with no issues including viruses.
     
  19. vr6glidriver

    vr6glidriver New Member

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    Bring on the flame wars! :flame:

    ...Full Disclosure: I wouldn't trade my Mac(s) for anything - computer wise!