Skip to comments.Computer Help Please? Trouble with Malware?
Posted on 05/12/2011 7:34:45 AM PDT by stayathomemom
When I visit certain websites, Target.com, eBay.com, and Hertz.com, I am redirected (don't know if that is the proper term) within a couple of seconds to a Yahoo search page. I also discovered this morning that the same thing happens when I visit Google.com and wait about 30 seconds. I have searched for solutions to this problem and have not found a solution which seems to address this problem specifically. Last week I did find a suggestion to try a list of different things including: system restore, which wouldn't work, and running my Trend Micro Antivirus and Housecall in safe mode, which I did. The problem still persists. Has anyone experienced this same problem and found a solution?
Download, install, and run malwarebytes (easy to find and it’s free). It has destroyed quickly any problems I’ve had.
malwarebytes anti-malware http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free
What do you use the computer for? Not to be a jerk, but if you don’t do anything PC(microsoft) specific, I would load linux on there.
If all you do is surf, write docs, emails, etc, linux is better.
are you logged in?
Malwarebytes or Superantispyware (http://superantispyware.com) are both good if you can get either one to run properly. It might take care of the problem. If you can’t get to the site to get it to run, let me know.
What version of Windows are you using? (XP, Vista, etc.)
I hope I’m not presumptuous.
If you are simply typing “Ebay” in the address bar of the browser, you should get redirected to a search since it is not a complete web address. If you type ebay.com or better www.ebay.com or even better http:\\www.ebay.com you should go straight to ebay and not get redirected.
I like creating a clickable favorites of these frequently used links below the address bar because I’m a lazy clumsy typer.
FDISK, Format, and reinstall your operating system,
it’s the only way to be sure.
I agree whole-heartedly with Malware Bytes; this is a good program. If you feel that it’s been worthwhile, and you can afford it - you might give them a ‘Thank you’ by paying for it - this is up to you.
I personally recommend running what I call a ‘Trinity’ set of malware blockers. These are all FREE, and I’d rather have a little over-lap; rather than some vulnerability.
1) Microsoft Security Essentials. Made and managed by Microsoft, this is a free program that has automatic updates.
2) Spybot - Search and Destroy. This program not only fixes the evils that have hit you; it ‘innoculates’ your PC so that at the system-level, you can NEVER go to sites that are associated with virus distrubution. Many are sites you would never probably go to for any reason (www.farmsex.com - for example).
3) Ad-aware by Lavasoft. This program sniffs out the crumbs that are left behind when you shop. Shop for a muffler, and then you are getting bombarded with ads for every make and model muffler on the market? There is a reason that happens - this fixes that problem.
All are free, all are easy to use, all are regularily updated - and the best part of all .... they have a very small “Footprint”, in that they do not take over your PC like McAffee and Norton. I hate those products, they have a small mission (protect); yet consume a HUGE amount of processing time, get into every mundane operation - and do not work as well as they are advertized to work. They are a greater inconvenience and less effective than the 3 listed above.
The best, imo.
You think maybe he should buy a new hard drive also? Maybe a new computer, just to make really sure? /s
I’ve actually done that...
Got so disgusted with the slowdowns that I bought a new one.
Admittedly, it was an excuse :).
The computer was 6 yrs old.
I do all of my surfing on a virtual machine (MS Virtual PC 2007, free from MS for download).
Any time it gets corrupt, I erase it, take another virtual machine with XP or Win 7 installed that I never surf with, make a copy and I’m back up and surfing in 15 minutes with all the malware and other nasties gone.
Ditto on your 3-pack!