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browser Hijack??

by mninja / June 30, 2009 10:58 PM PDT


I am facing this problem for past couple of days. Whenever I click on search links provided by google, It takes me to random sites. It doesn't not happen all the time though. I have Windows XP Professional Edition w/ latest Service pack. Automatic update is ON. I am using AVG free edition along with Malware bytes & Yesterday, I also installed Spybot search & destroy.
All these anti virus & spyware do not detect anything. I don't know what can I do to get rid of this problem.
Experts, please help.


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Things to try:
by Kees Bakker / June 30, 2009 11:09 PM PDT
In reply to: browser Hijack??

1. System restore back to when it was OK.
2. Run IE (7 or Cool without add-ons (that's a choice somewhere in Start>Programs). If that works, find the culprit using add-on manager. Just an experiment.
3. See how another browser (like Chrome or Opera) performs. Just an experiment also.


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Re: browser hijack
by mninja / June 30, 2009 11:24 PM PDT
In reply to: Things to try:

I use IE7 and chrome. Both are infected. Last night, I disabled all add ons for IE & cleared all browsing history from Chrome. But no success.

I had this problem few months ago as well. That time, It was on Mozilla. I ended up uninstalling Firefox to get rid of this spyware.
May this time, I have to uninstall chrome :-|

Running antivirus n anti-spyware in safe mode may help?

System Restore..hmm. I was thinking to have that as last option.

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safe mode
by mninja / July 1, 2009 3:28 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: browser hijack

I tried running Anti virus , malware bytes & spy-bot in safe mode.
they all started but stopped abruptly in middle by Visual studio Just In time Debugger. Sad

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