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MS Explorer hijacked

By Borg7of9 ·
I have an XP system, completely updated to SP2, with AV and now running zonealarm. The browser seems to be hijacked, and keeps going to a seach page, but not all the time, say one time out of 5 or 10 times. Also there is a tool bar and many pops up that I can not get rid off, that are really slowing down the system

I enabled POP up blocker in XP

However, the following sites are listed as expections

Lop.com
mysearch.com
www.iop.com
www.mysearch.com

of course I remove them, but they keep re-appearing. I also removed the tool bar from Add/remove programs, and this also keeps re-appearing.

I have run the most recent SPYBOT and it removed many threats, but still these keep showing up. I would like to recover the system, without having to do a complete re-install. Any suggestions?

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by willcomp In reply to MS Explorer hijacked

Have seen this critter before and am trying to remember fix. In the interim, here are some recommendations:

Install, update, and run Ad-Aware SE. Ad-Aware has been greatly improved.

Run Spybot in Advanced Mode and check BHOs under Tools. Then open BHOs and remove any that are suspicious. Won't keep them from being recreated.

Run Spybot and Ad-Aware with System Restore disabled.

If Spybot and Ad-Aware keep finding same files, check names and location and try to delete manually in safe mode.

Dalton

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by TheChas In reply to MS Explorer hijacked

The mal-ware writers are getting craftier.

Many of them specifically block Ad-Aware and SpyBot from removing them.

Another tool is hijack this:

http://www.spychecker.com/program/hijackthis.html

and:

http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/downloads.html

Fighting mal-ware is getting to be as bad as fighting viruses.

Once you clear out the mal-ware, check the ZoneAlarm settings and make sure that they are not listed as allowed programs.

Chas

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by Borg7of9 In reply to MS Explorer hijacked

Thanks guys, my zone alarm does not have any mal ware programs ticked off, and the problem is that spybot does not seem to be able to clean this stuff up. So now, it does not report it, much less clean it.

As suggested I will try advanced options, and I did not think to disable system restore, which I should have done.

If anyone has any specific help on the problem, much appreciated.

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by zlitocook In reply to MS Explorer hijacked

Try going to www.webroot.com They have a great spy remover program. They also let you do a free spyware search and distroy on your computer. It is the same company that makes window washer.

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by jonno112 In reply to MS Explorer hijacked

What you need is hijackthis, adaware won't remove some of the above because there in your system files and your registry.

You may need to use google and know your services list fairly well.

Try this link
http://forums.majorgeeks.com/forumdisplay.php?s=f30375f8ca323a3f9a6a343dc4bcf7ea&f=35

This will get you started properly and give you experience for next time.

Let us know how you go.

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by house In reply to MS Explorer hijacked

I've seen this before. It is a hijack attempt. Check your tasks for strange entries.

Use the housecall.trendmicro.com site. They will scan remotely for malware.

You are very lucky to not have any worms in your system.

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