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    Use OpenDNS

    Using OpenDNS is a good place to start. If you were using Internet Explorer I would recommend running SpywareBlaster. It's less effective on FireFox, only blocking tracking cookies. Still, even though I use FireFox, I run it.

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    You mentioned Firefox, MSE, and Windows Updates, but you forgot to mention the important ones: if you have Flash or Java on your system. If you have one or both installed, and they are NOT up-to-date (Flash is currently 11.4.402.278, Java is either 6r35 or 7r7), I would uninstall them, remove any vestiges of them (especially look for Adobe, Macromed, Sun, or Oracle in the AppData or Application Data folders), and then reinstall them if you need them.

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    Well, before I felt good but now I'm completely paranoid. All the suggestions about how to run browser more securely, etc. is way beyond me. I generally don't go to sites I don't know -- this was one mistake. And now I'm scared that clicking on the "yes" button when it asked me if I wanted to really leave the page (when I pressed the back button in Firefox at first) did something bad. I haven't noticed anything weird on my laptop though.

    Can I PM the website link to anybody willing to take a look themselves to see if going there and what I did actually has anything bad involved? Is there a safe way someone could test this?

    Thanks!

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    Odds are you are ok. If you are concerned, download and run Malwarebytes using a full scan.

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    I'm guessing I'm probably okay too... but the wrong address I typed in I think used to be for some kind of download site or something (I was just trying to go to an information site, but typed in the address my friend rattled off without thinking), and that actual site that used to be at the address is gone (I looked up that wrong web address after and saw a message board post that it was shut down or something -- believe me, this is not where I intended to go!) -- and what happened when I stupidly typed in the address is that it redirected to some other address (I really wish I had Firefox's redirect warning option turned on at the time!) and what came up was a full page credit card offer for Mastercard or something. I hit the back button on the Firefox browser and the dialogue box came up asking me if I "really want to leave the page" and my friend told me the click yes (which I realize I shouldn't have done -- I should have just closed the browser). It did take me back to my previous page -- and I then closed the browser. So, it's a semi-suspicious scenario... but I know it doesn't mean something bad happened or was there. (However, clicking the "do you really want to leave the page" is the part that really has me paranoid now after reading this last batch of posts here.)

    So if anyone has a sandbox set-up mentioned here that they could go recreate this scenario and safely see if there's something bad (in the web page code or something? I don't know...), that would be very cool, helpful, and appreciated. Thanks again for the help and replies... but not the worries!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobprimak View Post
    I think you have done enough to be reasonably sure this incident has done no harm. If you want to do one more scan, consider SuperAntispyware. It is available as a portable scanner (although getting the SAS.COM download is a bit tricky as the links at the site are a bit messed up. Use the little link at the bottom of the page which says it's for existing Technician users. It works just fine.). The Portable Scanner can be put onto a Flash Drive and run in Windows Safe Mode. This would be the maximum assurance nothing bad has happened.
    Can you tell me step-by-step how to do this (re: running it from a thumb drive in safe-mode), by any chance? Also. why does it end with .COM instead of .EXE? And I want the .COM one, right? How does that work? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwitalka View Post
    Odds are you are ok. If you are concerned, download and run Malwarebytes using a full scan.
    Do they have a portable scanner that you don't have to install? If not, how "clean" does it install and uninstall? I thought I had seen mixed reviews (?). Thanks!

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    Malwarebytes doesn't have a portable scanner as far as I can tell. If you don't accept the free trial, it won't run unless you invoke it. I have not heard of any uninstall issues. If you have any concerns, uninstall it with Revo Uninstaller. I have had great results with this software and heartily recommend it.

    Jerry

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwitalka View Post
    Malwarebytes doesn't have a portable scanner as far as I can tell.
    A portable version is available by following bobprimak's instructions above. I've just downloaded and run it.

    Bruce

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    Bob Primak's instructions were for Super Anti Spyware not Malwarebytes. Its a useful program to run as well though.

    Jerry

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwitalka View Post
    Bob Primak's instructions were for Super Anti Spyware not Malwarebytes. Its a useful program to run as well though.

    Jerry
    Sorry, I got confused by the mixed up product discussions.

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    No problem. I seem to get mixed up more my self as I age not so gracefully.

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    Whenever that happens, as a precaution, restore a restore point in System Restore that predates the event. If it predates the event, the Registry and the files that are installed can't be infected. Also make sure that you do a full scan with MSE that checks every file.

    You could also do a rootkit scan with Sophos Anti-Rootkit -

    http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products...i-rootkit.aspx

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