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    2 Star Lounger
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    browser hijacking...

    hello one and all!

    help, please!!! our browser searches have been hijacked (at least, i think that's the correct term.) we run XP pro, and use both IE (ver. 7.0.5730.11- used by my husband) and firefox (ver. 3.0.4- used by me) what's happened is this: whenever we tried to use google or yahoo search, we would be directed to a site, or choice of sites, that had the title of what we were looking for, but would be, in actuality another site altogether. for example, i tried looking up david weber's website (he's a science fiction author) on yahoo search. here's what i got:

    David Weber Homepage
    David Weber Homepage. Under construction. For a list of David's books see: Baen Books Catalog ... - Cached
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ is definitely NOT his website. i usually have been getting links to insurance companies or shopping search sites of some sort. same problem with google, too.

    the only search site that seems to work correctly is

    i have run norton (norton 360- 2008), and it tells me that i have no malware on my computer at all. i have run all the updates for windows that are available. i am at a loss for what to do. this is driving both of us nuts.

    does anyone here have any suggestions? any programs that i should run? preferably free, as i don't have any money to spend on software, and won't have for quite a while.

    thanks in advance for any help that you may send our way. until the next time, take care and God bless.


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    Plutonium Lounger
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    Re: browser hijacking...

    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a rapidly rising star - try the fully functional free version (the paid version adds real-time protection and automatic updates).

    A long-time favorite is Spybot - Search & Destroy, also free.

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    Super Moderator BATcher's Avatar
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    Re: browser hijacking...

    To add to what Hans said about Malwarebytes: as soon as you've downloaded and installed it, go to the Update tab and click on the "Check for updates" button, to get the detections at the latest level. It will probably do a reinstall, and then you can do the Quick Scan. If your browser is so highjacked that you can't do this, then you should try in Safe Mode (with Networking)...

    If you don't get the problem removed with this or Spybot, there are other things that could then be tried.

    Time prevents everything happening all at once...

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    Super Moderator jscher2000's Avatar
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    Re: browser hijacking...

    You might also check your hosts file in case and are being redirected to a different server altogether. Also see whether IE and Firefox are set to use a proxy.

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