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    Google redirect problem

    Hi everyone, I have recentley obtained a very perplexing problem.
    I use Foxfire as my default browser, with a Google search bar.
    When I enter a search into Google, and am taken to the generated list of choices,and I
    click on my search choice, I am redirected to a completely unrelated site.
    The site is sometimes flagged as unsafe, by Trend Micro, and sometimes not.

    This is where it gets really annoying, after I run my Superantispyware, or Malwarbytes, and reboot, Windows
    will not start, I am asked if I want Windows to find a fix. After Windows tries to fix, am told cannot fix, and do I want to
    restore to a previous time.
    This happens every time, I let either antimalware or Micro Trend program root out the problem.
    I have to say , I do risky downloads of "free" software.

    Your help would be appreciated, RGSmith.

    Win 7 Home Premium
    6 gigs ram
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    RG, Welcome to the Lounge. Hopefully we can help solve your problem and you continue posting.

    It certainly sounds like you have a virus or malware problem. I would boot into safe mode, then run AV manual scan and AM manual scans (deep scans) with your chosen AV and AM apps. It sounds as though you already have the apps loaded. I wonder if the installed apps themselves have been corrupted by the nasty. It might be worth using a different PC to download the Malwarebytes and Superantispyware to a flash drive, and use the flash drive in your PC while in safe mode to run these deep scans.
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    Lightbulb Procedure recommended by a certified "Malware Removal Specialist"

    Hi : An example of a procedure recommended by an experienced, trained, certified, Volunteer "Malware Removal Specialist" is found at http://forums.malwarebytes.org/index...howtopic=92789
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    It may require numerous steps. Users on the Firefox support forum have found this post useful: Remove Google redirect virus (Malware Removal Instructions blog).

    Official download site for TDSSKiller: http://www.kaspersky.com/virus-removal-tools

    More background information: I have a Google redirect virus which redirects every hit I click on in every search engine, in every browser, to a completely unrelated website. No anti-virus software I've tried can get rid of it. Help. | Firefox Support Forum.

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    Thanks Guys, just a followup, I have just enough computer knowledge to be a danger to myself.
    I was trying to go the easy route, and downloaded and ran, Combofix, sugested by someone, and was one click away
    from hosing my computer.
    Combofix was going to delete my "C" drive. I canceled, and ran restore to 2 days earlier.
    I think everything is OK, except the redirect problem.
    I think I'll use my laptop for searches, until it's time for a new desktop.
    Thanks again, and I appoligise for wasting your time.
    Best regards, RGSmith

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    Lightbulb ComboFix

    Hi RG : The certified "Malware Removal Specialists" have published a "Tutorial" on using ComboFix available at http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/comb...o-use-combofix and one of the main points is to use this program only while under the guidance of one of its "members" . Your best bet would be to go to one of the many forums staffed by those Volunteer "Specialists" ( I recommend www.geekstogo.com/forum ) and the exploration "process" usually starts by posting a "Log" of either the "DDS" or "OTL" program(s) so the Specialist can see which particular malware(s) are on the computer to develop a specific removal plan .
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    What the original post describes is THE hallmark symptom of a Vundo infection. I have seen it mostly together with major updates missing (like no SP on Win*).

    Remedy:
    Safe Node with Networking,
    Download VundoFix from Majorgeeks
    Rename the executable to whatever you like (just no "vundo" or "fix" in the name)
    Run in Safe mode
    Reboot normally
    Run as an admin
    Reboot

    Avoiding repeat:
    Update Java!
    Remove ALL old Java versions that the Java updater did not remove
    Install and use Firefox or Chrome, NO IE!
    Install and heed WOT (Web of Trust)
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    Hi everyone, I want to thank you for your help.
    I did as someone suggested, and downloaded, among other things, Hitman Pro 35. (free for 30 days)
    This program searched through my HD and flagged Exes as Trojans, and as suspicious items.
    Anyway, I think it solved my redirect problem. (cross fingers)
    It deleted,slideshows, in the form of Exes, and a downloaded program I was suspicious of, and lots of tracking cookies.

    If anyone is having this problem, I suggest you DL Hitman Pro, and give it a try.

    Hopefully, this ordeal is behind me.
    Best regards, RG

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    Lightbulb Hitman Pro

    Hi all : The last time I read about Hitman Pro on the Wilders Security Forums it was in a "Development/Experimental" stage and recommended by many knowledgeable people on those forums that it NOT be used .
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    Worked for me

    Hi SpiritWind, it worked for me.
    All the best, RGSmith




    Quote Originally Posted by SpiritWind View Post
    Hi all : The last time I read about Hitman Pro on the Wilders Security Forums it was in a "Development/Experimental" stage and recommended by many knowledgeable people on those forums that it NOT be used .

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