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Browser Hijack, please help!

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Minuteman, Aug 23, 2004.

  1. Minuteman

    Minuteman Jeff Gannon???

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    My browser has been hijacked and I can't take control of my computer.
    I have used cwshredder, startpageguard, hijackblaster, McCaffy virus scan, and spybot. I've run them all, and they say I'm clean.
    When I connect to the net, I get a new homepage mk:MSITStore:C:\spe\start.chm::start.html# (porn links)
    No matter what url I enter I am redirect to something called "heretofind.com/search".
    The only reason I can get to glocktalk is thru my favorites menu. I can't even try to get updates for my hijacker/spyware software.

    Does anyone have any suggestions?
    I'm running earthlink 5.0 and Internet Explorer using windows '98
     
  2. geminicricket

    geminicricket NRA Life member

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    Hmm, when that happened to me, I just redefined my homepage.

    One hopes that you don't have a significant other.
     

  3. Minuteman

    Minuteman Jeff Gannon???

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    That's not much help.:(

    It's much worse than that.
    I can't even got to other web sites. Any web site I type in is just redirected to that same site.
    It's not an issue of embarrasment, I can no longer use the web.

    I also get a new screen on my desk top, I've never seen before, saying my 180search Assistant has been removed, and asking if I would like to add it back or delete it totally. I don't know what it is.

    I have read the tutorial on here, but this is pretty bad.

    Anyone?
     
  4. gudel

    gudel

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    run in safe mode.
    disable system restore.
    install adaware, run it, make it do a full scan.
    run anti virus.

    that's it. some guy at work had the same problem. found spyware, trojan, viruses. it's not too difficult, just a lot of work cleaning up the mess.
     
  5. IndyGunFreak

    IndyGunFreak

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    When I had this problem(very similar to yours)... I went to Add/Remove programs in the Control panels, and found some stuff there that I was sure I did not install. Removed them, then ran my AV software, and found another problem, and the problem was fixed.

    I think the problem was more or less fixed in the Control panel.

    IGF
     
  6. plato

    plato softie

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    Hahaha. It's happened to me too. I use the following:

    Norton Antivirus
    Spybot
    SpywareBlaster *
    Ad-Aware
    Hijackthis
    CWShredder
    Google Toolbar
    WinXP Firewall on *
    ISP Firewall on *

    Make sure your Firewalls are turned on and get SpywareBlaster it's free.

    http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html


    :soap:
     
  7. MB-G26

    MB-G26 Non-existent STUPID GURL Lifetime Member

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    http://forums.spywareinfo.com/index.php?showtopic=22609&st=0&#entry91141
    Removal instructions tailored to the particular poster's range of infection. Recommend reading this thread, and examing your machine for similar entries in your HijackThis! log as are posted in this thread. The helpful responses it in highlight offending entries, program file locations, subdirectories, etc.

    http://www.aluriasoftware.com/forum/showthread.php?t=104&goto=nextnewest
    Removal instructions

    http://forums.majorgeeks.com/archive/index.php/t-40125
    Removal instructions

    http://computercops.biz/postp278513.html
    some removal steps from elsewhere didn't work, discussed here

    http://www.itsecurity.com/asktecs/clinic2/aug8104.htm

    It looks like HijackThis! installation and review of log is best first step.
    m