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Malware Returns almost all searches 'Failed to Connect!'

by wolfagain / November 25, 2008 1:46 AM PST

Problem started 3 days ago, I think, when a 'bad guy' pop-up tried to install their own(bogus I'm sure)malware security system on my pc. I sometimes get 'Monster Market' or other bogus ad sites. Bookmarked sites work as do some of the bigger sites(amazon) and this site. Tried the links to download 'malwarebytes anti-malware' but always get 'failed to connect.' Tried the 'restore pc back to another date' option and it won't work. Using XP system with Firefox2 browser. Also changed from AVG to Anvir. Help please.

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Did you try to download to a NOT infected computer......
by Marianna Schmudlach / November 25, 2008 2:28 AM PST

like a friend's computer and burn it to a CD or USB stick ?

Malwarebytes Installer Download Link (Clicking on the links below will immediately start the download dialogue window.)

Malwarebytes Manual Updater link

After download, rename the program installer "mbam-setup.exe" file to something else.


SuperAntispyware Manual Updater

Does that work?

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Sorry Marianna...
by Larry38 / November 25, 2008 2:35 AM PST

We must have been typing at the same time. You are just faster.


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by wolfagain / November 25, 2008 3:00 AM PST

Thanks for your reply. Not really possible, none available near my home and it's probably beyond my expertise to follow your suggestion. Option #1 for me is to restore pc to a time before infection. Is it possible to restore computer in safe mode? After further research I'm fairly sure this is the 'antivirus2009' that is messing up my pc. Could this malware prevent me from the help option 'restore pc back to another date?' This seems to me to be the easiest way to fix the problem.

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..Safe Mode.....
by Marianna Schmudlach / November 25, 2008 3:31 AM PST
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Is it possible to restore computer in safe mode?

Yes, you can restore your computer in safe mode by usinf the F8 key


If you indeed have "antivirus 2009" I doubt, system restore will work Sad

Are you able to download HJT?

HiJackThis log - Trend Micro HijackThis 2.0.2

to download HJTInstall.exe go here: http://www.trendsecure.com/portal/en-US/threat_analytics/HJTInstall.exe

* Save HJTInstall.exe to your desktop.
* Doubleclick on the HJTInstall.exe icon on your desktop.
* By default it will install to C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis .
* Click on Install.
* It will create a HijackThis icon on the desktop.
* Once installed, it will launch Hijackthis.
* Click on the Do a system scan and save a logfile button. It will scan and the log should open in notepad.
* Click on "Edit > Select All" then click on "Edit > Copy" and Paste the entire contents of the log (no attachments) into your (Click --> ) own new topic

* DO NOT use the AnalyseThis button, its findings are dangerous if misinterpreted.
* DO NOT have Hijackthis fix anything yet. Most of what HJT lists will be harmless or even required by your Operating System, a helper will guide you.

Note: In notepad under Format, uncheck "Word Wrap" Produce all HJT logs like this, single spaced.
single-spaced - (of type or print) not having a blank space between lines.

Then post your HJT log on ONE of the HJT forums:

Here's a list of reputable HJT forums:



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Try this....
by Larry38 / November 25, 2008 2:32 AM PST
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