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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.

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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.
 

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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.....

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AVG can handle it for free too.
 

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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.

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Have you tried switching OS?
 

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

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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.

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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.
 

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kestak said:
Greetings,

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

Thank you
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.
 

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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.
 

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AeroShooter said:
AEKDB said:
Have you tried switching OS?
I've been running OS X for three years now w/out a single incident. Best decision I ever made, computing wise.
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.
 

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streetriots said:
AeroShooter said:
AEKDB said:
Have you tried switching OS?
I've been running OS X for three years now w/out a single incident. Best decision I ever made, computing wise.
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.
Getting a virus is an incident. I'm not sure but AeroShooter probably means 3 years with no issues including viruses.
 

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AEKDB said:
streetriots said:
AeroShooter said:
AEKDB said:
Have you tried switching OS?
I've been running OS X for three years now w/out a single incident. Best decision I ever made, computing wise.
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.
Getting a virus is an incident. I'm not sure but AeroShooter probably means 3 years with no issues including viruses.
Bring on the flame wars! :flame:

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