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Monster instead of Microsoft internet explorer

by jaynes / June 11, 2005 11:33 PM PDT

I'm fairly new to computers so bear with me. When I go to Microsoft internet explorer instead of the top tool bar it changed to Monster tool bar and it says to click here to change tool bar back. How do I stop this Monster? thanks

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Monster
by rick2424 / June 12, 2005 12:38 AM PDT

Seems like you have been hijacked. Run a highjack this log. For help in finding out what to do you can post the log over at www.equorial.com and a tech will look at it and help you get rid of the nasty stuff.

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Two questions.
by Kees Bakker / June 12, 2005 4:33 AM PDT

- Does the standard solution (View>Toolbars and uncheck Monster toolbar) work?
- What happens if you do as instructed ("click here")?

Also see http://www.free-web-browsers.com/remove-toolbar.shtml (recommending a program called NoAdware), and run download and run Spybot and Adaware.

Kees

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monster
by jaynes / June 12, 2005 2:08 PM PDT
In reply to: Two questions.

yes, I went to view, monster was not there. I ran adaware still monster takes over the bar over microsoft internet explorer. It's not in add/remove programs. I don't know how it got on my computer. Thanks

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Did you also ...
by Kees Bakker / June 12, 2005 5:16 PM PDT
In reply to: monster

- run other tools then adaware? A good selection in http://www.ocsbb.net/spyware.html
- run hijackthis and see if you can either interpret it yourself or send the listing to one of the support forums
- try an online scan from housecall or www.bitdefender.com

Keep searching. I recently read a research report claimin adaware removed only 15% of the spyware, while spybot reached 25%. Microsoft anti-spyware beta was the best by far.

Kees

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RE:
by Cursorcowboy / June 12, 2005 9:44 PM PDT

1. Browser helper objects are Component Object Model (COM) components that loads when IE is started and are objects run in the same memory context as the browser, and they can perform any action on the available windows and modules. For developer information about browser helper objects, visit the following Microsoft Web "site." A Web site which list the known, "Browser Helper Objects (BHOs)." Three links for your reading pleasure:

a. "Browser Helper Objects: The Browser the Way You Want It?

b. "What is a Browser Helper Object?."

c. "BHODemon" that can be downloaded may assist with your situation perhaps.

Note: Unlike previous versions of IE, version 6 does not include Web folders, FTP folders, MSN Messenger, Microsoft VM for Java, or NetMeeting 3.x. Existing versions of these programs and features are preserved on upgrade or may be installed by your operating system.

2. Many times when Toolbars are added or removed, the Registry entry that controls these settings does not get updated or has become corrupt. You can download the "ResetBrowserToolbar.reg" file to reset to default to correct this behavior.

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Monster
by tldees / June 13, 2005 10:06 AM PDT

janes, here is a microsoft site with a real person with real comprehensive help for you that is easy to follow and understand. You should stay away from HiJackThis. It is not for the faint of heart...Please read the intire site. Charlie Russel who is a microsoft mvp for windows server and security will help you get rid of your problem. Please let us know if this helps you.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/security/expert/russel_infectedpc.mspx

TOM

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