Forums

Virus & Spyware

Virus & Spyware
Perspectives on PC security, including antivirus, anti-spyware and firewall solutions.

Strange search engine site taking over my computer!

  • Hello... I do not even know what security concern to post this under, since it is not a pop-up and I don't know what spyware is. There is a fake MSN search engine (with a lethargic, cheap butterfly icon) that appears in the search engine sidebar to my start-up page when I first get on-line and soon, of its own free will, launches into a full-page screen that blocks out everything else, including my scrollbar. It will not let me close out of it. The only thing I can do is click on one of the search options. When I do a control-alt-delete to end the task, no separate search engine appears in the listing... only my start-up page.

    Is this a parasite type site? How do I get rid of it. It is extremely frustrating and I'm sure it is making my computer vulnerable to other hits as well.

    I have Norton Antivirus. Since getting and removing the sasser worm, I have downloaded all Windows and Norton updates and enabled my browser's firewall. I don't know what else to do.

    Thanks for any and all help.

  • Use these to remove Malware (Virus, Spyware and Adware).

    First :-
    Spybot S&D and Ad-aware using the settings and links provided
    Here

    Failing those solving your problems a post of a hijackthis log for the experts to advise.
    HijackThis From Here
    or one of these other links:-
    http://www.merijn.org/files/hijackthis.zip
    http://www.aluriasoftware.com/tools/hijackthis.zip
    http://mjc1.com/mirror/hjt/

    Important: Create a folder on the C: drive called C:\HJT.
    You can do this by going to My Computer (Windows key+e) then double click on C: then right click and select New then Folder and name it HJT. Unzip HijackThis into this folder. (See this link for graphical instructions)
    Then run, scan, save log, then in notepad copy the FULL log by copy and paste as a reply to this post and an expert with HijackThis Knowldge, will have a go at giving advice. A lot of posters make mistakes here in copying and pasting so reread the left info sidebar called Copy and Paste
    Please note the list of experts names below, very few forum regulars here have had this training.

    DO NOT FIX ANYTHING WITH HIJACKTHIS WITHOUT EXPERT ADVICE
    , most of what it finds you need for normal MS Windows tasks.

    Known Spyware HijackThis fighters in DellTalk - If you are, and are not on the list please PM Me.

    TomCoyote (of http://tomcoyote.org/forums/index.php fame)
    YoKenny (Expert at TomCoyotes, Trusted Advisor Spywareinfo)
    baskar1234 (Teaching Assistant at TomCoyotes, Trusted Advisor Spywareinfo)
    ChrisRLG (Classroom Coordinator at TomCoyotes, Trusted Advisor Spywareinfo)
    Tuxedo Jack (Teaching Assistant at TomCoyotes, Trusted Advisor Spywareinfo)
    Yellowhammer (Trusted Advisor at Net-Integration, First Responder at Computer Cops)
    tashi (Teaching Assistant at TomCoyotes, Trusted Advisor Spywareinfo)
    therock247uk (In Training at TomCoyotes and Spywareinfo)
    irelynmisses (In Training at TomCoyotes and Spywareinfo)
    Texruss (Spyware Fighter at Wildersecurity, In Training at TomCoyotes)
    PGPhantom (Trusted Advisor at Spywareinfo)

    You could also go to one of the more specalist forums where more experts will be able to help.
    http://tomcoyote.com/forums/index.php
    http://forums.spywareinfo.com/index.php
    http://www.net-integration.net/cgi-bin/forum/ikonboard.cgi (Home of Spybot S&D)
    http://boards.cexx.org/index.php
    http://www.wilderssecurity.com/index.php
    Do read the sites FAQ before posting, and advise your problem and what steps you have already done to try to cure your problem.

    I, and the other hijack experts mentioned above, are in all those sites (and more) with the same login names. You might get one of us at those sites also to anwser your log, but other experts will also be available.