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Need help: Malware affecting browser

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by Skisy, Jan 5, 2009.

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  1. Skisy

    Skisy Thread Starter

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    Hi there,
    I suck at getting rid of malware properly, so really need some help here.
    I've tried running safe mode then running Ad-Aware, Super AntiSpyware and Spybot, and nothing's working.

    The problem is evident when I open up Firefox, firstly my homepage which is still that Firefox Google powered search page doesn't load and I get aload of Chinese characters on the page which looks a bit like a traditional page cannot load page but in Chinese. Then when I try accessing any search engines (with a few exceptions such as dogpile), I get redirected to a fake Microsoft page telling me to download some clearly bogus anti spyware software, can't remember the name of the software, just something like AntiSpyware, I've heard of this virus/issue before, obviously I'm not dumb enough to do that, just dumb enough to get this virus on my computer somehow in the first place.

    Please could someone tell me if there is a way of getting past this short of reinstalling XP because I can't be bothered to find the files I need again and back them up.

    Thanks,

    Skisy
     
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    Skisy Thread Starter

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    Sorted. It was actually that changes had been made to my hosts file.
     
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