Skip to comments.Help with Computer (Redirects in Search Engine)
Posted on 07/09/2011 9:03:47 PM PDT by raybbr
My wife's laptop is infected with some sort of redirect virus. I have tried Malwarebytes, ComboFix, F-Secure, Microsoft Security Essentials and nothing has worked.
It happens when I do a search in FF or IE using any search engine. The site returns results but if you click on any of the direct result links you get re-directed to a site that is mostly spam with further links.
There are plenty of thread on bleepingcomputer.com. I have tried everything I can think of. Any help will be appreciated.
Glad you found a removal tool that worked. I haven’t hit that virus, but I’ve gotten hijacked with other redirect viruses before. It’s frustrating. It’s frustrating just to think that there are people out there that get their jollies by creating annoyances for people they’ll never meet.
At least now you know the purpose of the “hosts” file and can join the fight against annoying web content if you’re so inclined.
I finally got TDSS Killer to work. It was the Volsnap virus. Its apparently new and hard to find/get rid of.
Thanks for your advice.
It took me about 3 days of searching the intertoot to find the solution. I got it when I got fooled by a fake toolbar pop up giving me a program is about to blow up or some such warning. Thing is I knew about the fake security warnings for windows but this was for another program.
Be sure to go to old timer tools and run Temp File Cleaner
Also if you have AVAST do a boot time scan.
How did you make it work (in case I need it in the future)?
I logged on in Safe Mode without networking. I had the program (TDSS Killer) on a USB drive with the name changed, put it on the desktop and then it ran.
Until I did that it would never run.
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