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Browser Hijacking ?

by JDAN12 / October 31, 2004 3:01 AM PST

I am pretty sure my browser was hijacked. When I open IE my usual home page (RoadRunner of Central NY) is not there. Now I have some sort of search page.
When I go to "Tools" - "Internet Options" - and type in the address for the home page I want and follow the directions I will get the page I am accustomed to.
If I shut everything down and then open "IE" I get the aforementioned search page.
I have loaded and run Spybot per the techs at RoadRunner but to no avail.
I will take any suggestion or help that is offered.
I thank you in advance for your help.

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Re: Browser Hijacking ?
by Cursorcowboy / October 31, 2004 9:13 PM PST
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Please note that just above the text editor (where you enter a question on the forum) is the following paragraph, and if certain information is not present in your question, our reply may not be of much help:

Tip: If you are asking for help to troubleshoot a computer-related problem, please be sure to include all the necessary information (ie: operating system, model number, hardware, software, etc) that will help others identify your problem for a speedy resolution.

WARNING: As always, make sure every utility you use is fully updated.

WARNING: As always, make sure every utility you use is fully updated.

1. First, please read the article concerning "Unsolicited Commercial Software."

2. Second, perform as a minimum the first five items listed below.

Note: If you try using CWShredder, HijackThis, as well Spybot S&D, Ad-aware and several other anti-spyware utilities and a trojan is installed which prevents their running, download PepiMK's "CoolWWWSearch.SmartKiller" removal tool, uncompress the zip file and run the program.

a. "Housecall."

b. "Adaware." Your attention is invited to "Unable to Log On To Windows XP After Removing wsaupdater.exe."

c. "Spybot S&D."

Note: Should you perhaps receive a warning similarly labeled "DSO Exploit: Data source object exploit . ., please access the S&D site and read the information at this link.

d. "CWShredder v2" (a hard site to reach) or "CWShredder v1.59.1."

Note: It is being reported in the "Virus Alerts" forum, "Testers from several security forums are reporting issues with the new CWShredder (version 2). It is recommended to use the original program until further notice."

e. "McAfee AVERTStinger."

f. "Hijack This" - 1 or "Hijack This" - 2.

Note: Posting a log concerning #f should only be at the direction of a forum moderator IMO. For your reading pleasure, "Hijack Removal."

4. "StartPage Guard 2.5" is a freeware 422kb download that protects a system from cyberscam by detecting and preventing unauthorized changes to the Internet browser's Start and Search pages and capable of automatically removing most known "invaders".

Note: Also be advised when using "Spybot-S&D" there are lock options which circumvents changing of the Internet Explorer Home Page. Run this program, click Tools, IE tweaks, and note the boxes for certain Lock . . ..

5. Please reply to our input that each and every one of the mentioned five were used and the result if you require further input.

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Re: Browser Hijacking ?
by ronalds173 / November 3, 2004 4:42 AM PST
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Go to either CNET.COM or and download Ad-Aware Personal SE, (IT'S FREE). The Lavasoft website can redirect you to the CNET.COM site to download this program. You can also type in the name in the "SEARCH" box at CNET to get to it, as well as read the reviews about the program.

Download, install and run this program. As good as Spybot S&D is, Ad-Aware is better! This should take care of your problem. Another thing you can do if you have Win XP is to go back to an earlier restore point date, (if this just happened). That worked for me when I had been using Win 98 and using GoBack.

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