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Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by Y4J, Dec 31, 2003.

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  1. Y4J

    Y4J Thread Starter

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    Whenever I get on the internet, no matter how many times I set my home page to something (like msn.com or google), , the home page turns into some search page like "allsearch" or something else that's similar. Now I thought it was spyware, so I ran ad aware until I had no more, yet a search page still comes up when I open up my home page after I turn off the laptop.. See when I saw this happening first, I went to internet options and all that and changed it to msn.com, then closed the window and click internet explorer again. It opens up as msn.com so you would think it was fixed. Well it opens as msn.com until you turn off and turn your computer on again. Then it goes back to that search thingy as the home page. Can anyone help me get rid of it? ITs not a HUGE problem, but id like to have my home page something I want.

    Thanks.
     
  2. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    Download & Run CWshredder from http://www.merijn.org/cwschronicles.html
    Close all browser windows,UnZip the file, click on the cwshredder.exe then click "Next" (Not "Scan only") and let it do it's thing.

    and make sure you follow the advice about the security updates listed at the bottom of the page, in order to prevent re-infection, otherwise you will be continually reinfected
    the patches are :
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=828026
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet/security/bulletin/ms03-011.asp


    then reboot &
    Download Spybot - Search & Destroy from http://security.kolla.de

    After installing, first press Online, press search for updates, then tick the updates it finds, then press download updates. Beside the download button is a little down pointed arrow, select one of the servers listed. If it doesn't work or you get an error message then try a different server

    Next, close all Internet Explorer and OE windows, press 'Check for Problems', and have SpyBot remove all it finds that is marked in RED.

    then reboot &
    download AdAware 6
    Before you scan with AdAware, check for updates of the reference file by using the "webupdate".

    the current ref file should read 01R242 26.12.2003

    Then ........

    Make sure the following settings are made and on -------"ON=GREEN"
    From main window :Click "Start" then " Activate in-depth scan"

    then......

    click "Use custom scanning options>Customize" and have these options on: "Scan within archives" ,"Scan active processes","Scan registry", "Deep scan registry" ,"Scan my IE Favorites for banned URL" and "Scan my host-files"

    then.........

    go to settings(the gear on top of AdAware)>Tweak>Scanning engine and tick "Unload recognized processes during scanning" ...........then........"Cleaning engine" and "Let windows remove files in use at next reboot"

    then...... click "proceed" to save your settings.

    Now to scan it´s just to click the "Scan" button.

    When scan is finished, mark everything for removal and get rid of it. .(Right-click the window and choose"select all" from the drop down menu) then press next and then say yes to the prompt, do you want to remove all these entries.


    then post a new hijackthis log to check what is left

    go to http://www.merijn.org/files/hijackthis.zip , and download 'Hijack This!'.
    Unzip it and make sure it is unzipped & placed into it's own folder, not a temporary folder. Then doubleclick the Hijackthis.exe.
    Click the "Scan" button, when the scan is finished the scan button will become "Save Log" click that and save the log.
    Go to where you saved the log and click on "Edit > Select All" then click on "Edit > Copy" then Paste the log back here in a reply.
     
  3. Y4J

    Y4J Thread Starter

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    what hijack this. People told me its not a good program
     
  4. Byteman

    Byteman Gone but Never Forgotten

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    Hi, HijackThis is one of the main tools available to show the experts what is going on with Internet and homepage hijacks- it can be damaging, if you try to use it to remove anything without good directions, you will get expert help here at TSG. HijackThis shows all the entries for Internet "processes"--good as well as the "bad guys"-
    You can see the multitude of people helped by this forum if you look through the threads here in Security forum!
     
  5. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    The only people who tell you it's not a good program are the scum who write the viruses and spyware, because they don't want it made easy to remove them
     
  6. winchester73

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    Let me guess ... you heard it installs crap on your computer ... :D

    HijackThis by Merijn is a fantastic tool for detecting and removing browser hijacks that have taken over your internet settings, redirecting your internet searches and stealing your default home page.
     
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