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Browser keeps on getting redirected

by brucester / June 6, 2008 10:36 PM PDT

My computer has been hit with a nasty virus I think that when I type in a tech site or search for a tech site in Google and try and go to it it redirects me to another usually shopping site or it says I have no internet connection or says the site doesn't exist..For some reason this is the only tech site I have been able to get on.I have run numerous virus and spyware programs but nothing has worked so far. My hijack this log shows nothing out of the ordinary. Any suggestions besides reformatting my system? Thanks in advance.

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Check your Hosts file
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 7, 2008 2:46 AM PDT

It can be used to re-direct browser inquiries for web sites from say, to the IP address, which is

The Hosts file can also be used to redirect a browser to, which is your own computer. In effect a closed loop.

Some more information here;


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WHICH 'numerous virus and spyware programs'...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / June 7, 2008 8:54 AM PDT

...have you run and what have they found.. In the meantime, if you haven't already, please follow the instructions in the link below to download, update, then run Malwarebytes:

Please download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from Here

Double Click mbam-setup.exe to install the application.

* Make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.
* If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
* Once the program has loaded, select "Perform Quick Scan", then click Scan.
* The scan may take some time to finish,so please be patient.
* When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
* Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
* When disinfection is completed, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart.
* The log is automatically saved by MBAM and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.

Extra Note:
If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove,you will be presented with 1 of 2 prompts,click OK to either and let MBAM proceed with the disinfection process,if asked to restart the computer,please do so immediately.

Hope this helps and let us know what it finds.


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That Redirecting website & Malware subject again..
by Herestomo / July 2, 2010 11:00 PM PDT

Hi Folks,
I have read several threads & postings from ppl with the same problem, tried most of them to no avail.
The Malware or Sptware on my XP System is just too elusive.
I have installed & run on a daily basis Malwarebytes. Also Super anti spyware pro and have uninstalled Virgin pc guard & installed AGV.
I'm still getting redirected to unwanted sites & cant get anywhere near the Microsoft site to update.
I am currently scanning system & going to create new & delete old restore points when it's done..
Failing that any more suggestions would be greatly welcomed..
Many thanks Happy

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It happens a lot to very old Operating Systems such as XP.
by LucJPatenaude / July 4, 2010 2:13 PM PDT

The only permanent solution is to buy the upgrade version of Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 32bit(x86).

Beats wasting all of your time re-installing that crappy old O.S. of 9 years ago. XP's hard coded programming is fully cracked by extremely experienced hackers that, in-turn, can, permanently take control of your machine's inner workings.

From there, after finishing the full upgrade installation of Win. 7 install a well known Internet Security Suite(ie:Trend Micro's). Then, download and install IObit's Security 360 v.1.45 Free of use. The IS360 also has plenty of Utilities for further Tune-up your system up.

That new O.S. Upgrade package is, now, listed at a mere 129.95$+taxes at Staples-Canada.

Hope that clears a lot of information fog coming from ancient sources.

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