Skip to comments.Help! Virus has the best of me. And is exposing my kids to constant penis enlargement ads.
Posted on 03/21/2009 7:08:22 AM PDT by Minn
The laptop in the house, which is currently the only computer in the house, has a bad virus/trojan/dropper that seems to have me beat. All clicks on Google are redirected to phony yellow pages. Most banner ads on normal sites are replaced with ads for a penis enlargement product (as if I need that). All communication with McAfee or attempts to download, update or reinstall McAfee fail. McAffe's instructions for disabling the virus by messing with IP address flushing do no good.
I'm hesitant to completly start over on this computer. It's an HP OEM machine that didn't come with a Windows disk, just a recovery partition. So I'm not even sure a restore from the partition will do any good, since who really knows what those do. I've searched all over for suspicious processes and registry start up settings without luck. Any ideas?
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sounds to me like you have an adware/spyware problem..you can use AVG and SuperSpyWare to run on your PC which should take care of the problem..(I use them and have had no problems with that stuff)..
I can send you the .exe for both if you’d like..Freepmail me with an e-mail address to send them..
I had the same problem about a week ago. I upgraded my Norton to 2009, ran a full scan and it took care of it, finally.
I’m deluged with spam advertising “penis enlargement”. The weird part is that I don’t have one of those appendages. And I don’t visit porn sites either.
You don't have to--sounds like they're visting *you*.
Penis enlargement is big business.
I had a similar problem, a friend of mine (computer guru) came over, messed with the computer for about 1 1/2 hours then realized a site had downloaded spyware. He went to the spyware website and just clicked on remove spyware. I don’t know if I am oversimplifying...take it for what it’s worth. Good luck!
free online scanners
Interested...please please freepmail me also. I currently use AdAware, and SpyBOT
It's a free download. It will ask you to either Run or Save the executable. Click Save and save it to the desktop on your laptop. A blue command prompt screen will appear and it will ask you to install the Windows Recovery Console. Click Yes on that too. It looks like you have a Trojan Virus and ComboFix will remove all Trojan viruses and spyware that is currently running in the background. I had a similar problem on my laptop and it fixed it. You will notice when the ComboFix is being ran that your system time will turn into military time for about 5-10 minutes.
If only these devices or snake oil actually worked! One has to wonder how they get by putting this stuff on the air and over the internet since it is such blatant lies. It they worked, half the male population would buying this stuff so much the factories would be working overtime just to keep up with the demand. It would probably break the recession by putting so much money into the economy. Maybe you should send this onto “Tiny Tim” Geithner so he can “stimulate” the economy since none of his snake oil is doing much good.
I used adware and spybot too..got rid of them..superAntiSpyware cleaned up the PC in one scan..
AdAware is fantastic. Been using it for years.
“Download and run Malwarebyte’s Anti-Malware. It’s free and very effective.”
Ditto. This is the one free program that will completely remove Vundo/Virtumonde. Most of the pay programs will not.
This is an industry standard. All you do is this:
1) Download the latest version of Hijackthis.
2) Run a scan of your computer.
3) Upload the completed scan log file to one of many sites that support Hijackthis analysis.
4) Get a report and suggestions back from a human being volunteer that has experience in these matters.
5) Get step by step help from this human being in downloading and using whatever FREE software you need to fix your system. They will walk you through every step and stay with you until it is verified by another scan/log upload that the problems are fixed.
I've had to use hijackthis three times and each time it worked great and solved the problems. Even one tricky one that almost no one had ever even heard of!
Hijackthis home page and directions on how to use:
“superAntiSpyware cleaned up the PC in one scan..”
“Download and run Malwarebyte’s Anti-Malware. It’s free and very effective.”
Spending a lot of time on the net looking for solutions to some friends problems I kept seeing that running a scan with those two free programs in succession did a great job of cleaning everything out.
I have been using them for a couple of months now it is a nice 1-2 punch.
harpu always remember to update the new program that you just loaded before you do your first scan (and all future scans of course), you probably know that but some people don’t.
What are you? A pervert?
What was the need to put all that stuff in the headline?
And remember when you are really beat, you can reformat the hard drive and reload your operating system and programs. Keep those in a folder or box somewhere so you have everything you need when you need to do it.
Srike that Skipper18,
This was meant for Minn.
I’m a huge free avast fan, every few years I have tried AVG for a while to compare them, avast is the friendlier, smoother, trouble free, more effective program.
I also use windows defender which runs real time (free) and spyware blaster which runs real time (free).
Since you said you don’t have backup disks, I suggest you follow HP’s instructions on making a set of backup disks for your laptop from the recovery drive. It won’t help with your current problem, but may avert a future one.
I bagged the resource-sucking MacAfee for Avast’s anti-virus, good ol’ Adaware, and Comodo’s firewall. All free
Either that or surf using a Linux machine.
On Halloween, I just throw it over my shoulder and go as a gas pump....no White Man’s Disease here.
I'll third that! I'm an (unemployed) IT guy and have used the tool and the info on the site to remove some nasty stuff.
The problem with ad/spyware, is, no matter what tools you use to try and remove it, you can never be really sure. Clean wipes and re-installs are the only way. Also, as you've noticed, attempts to contact websites that can help are being redirected. And even if you could download and install a tool, you still have to worry that that file might get infected, and start your problems all over again.
Sorry, not trying to ruin your day.
It certainly is a growing business.
You have headline envy.
Get Norton- forget McAfee
Worked for me
If you have XP do a restore, if you can find a restore point,or Use a good anti-virus, if those two things don’t work hopefully you have a backup image saved. However, I would run something like Spyware Doctor or other anti-spyware software because it sounds as if you are infected with spyware, not a virus. They are very similar to a virus but usually take a different type of anti software to get rid of. I had a friend who had a spyware infection just about like you describe except hers didn’t show sex related ads. It would take her to another web site as soon as she opened the browser. Another cure after you clean your machine is to make sure you run FireFox and not IE.
If you are using Internet Explorer, from IE select “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “General Tab” and delete history.
Download and install Adaware (free for personal use).
Reboot and run Adaware in Safe Mode. This is a very safe and effective cleanup tool, have used it since it would fit on a 3-1/2” floppy. Don’t run the active protection mode, waste of resources.
If this does not fix your problem, you might resort to Hijack This, but it should be used with extreme caution. Especially if you are not experienced in computer cleanup. It is a great tool, but you can also trash the system with it.
There are a lot of VX and Winsock hacks that this will not cleanup, but this is about all I would suggest an inexperienced person to use.
Advice when you get it cleaned up.
Never use Internet Explorer. Too many hacks and too poor security.
Download and install Firefox. It is faster and better. Have used it since it’s inception and it is great.
Find another mail client, do not use Outlook or OutlookExpress. Also set your e-mail client up in text only format. Do not use HTML in e-mails.
I use Windows daily, but my personal machine is a Linux box.
“Safe Surfing my friend”
Before you delete it could you get me a phone number or sumthin’?
Join AOL. Their technicians are the best.
It's small business right now, but it could be really big!
For only $19.95.
Don’t screw with trying to remove it. Just boot and choose the ‘Recover’ option and then let it do it’s thing.
If there is nothing on your hard drive you care about this is the best option that takes the least amount of time.
I second that. Smetimes you may have to run it 5-6 times in a row to completely rid yourself of trojans but it does work
I use Avast! (home version) It’s free and works damn well.
find someone with an old machine...not too old...and get a copy of ...say Puppy Linux...fact you could run it from a CD or a USB flash card if your computer could handle that.
See this for
Had the SPAM problem several years ago. The ultimate solution was to drop my ISP (MSN) and go with Earthlink and their spamblocker. I have since used Comcast and WOW (package deals) with only minor and temporary problems.
In my experience, Norton is a good program, but once you are on a spam list, it can do nothing about it.
Be careful about where you post your URL. I “registered” to send free e-mail Christmas cards and went thru about 3 months of spam before they quit (partial thanks to my blocked senders list).
We should all be comforted to know that no one in the current administration needs this. They are already all big pr*cks.
Find another computer...
go to download.com
download AVG free addition onto a flashdrive.
bring flash drive to infected computer.
Stop or UN-Install McAfee
download AVG onto infected computer.
Run scan with AVG...
At this point go shopping..it takes about 2hrs
McAfee is a huge program...AVG is not and is used by over a few million people
Have a great day!!
Trouble is, now they are hitting TV big time.
Because putting this: On every web page with banner ads I visit is what this particular application is all about. I thought it might help people identify it? I'm tired of my pre teen girls seeing it, that's how perverted I am. Stay away from medical brochures in the waiting room. You might get the vapors.