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When use search engine, always gets redirected to a different site

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  • juddisbell Nov 28, 2009

    Thanks johnnyzero, Yes yahoo search results, bing, google, and others were being redirected. Did not matter which search engine I used. I fanally gave up and reformated my hard drive. Problem solved. It just tied me up for a day and a half reloading my software. I did not load IE8 though. I'm going to stay with IE7. Thanks anyway for replying. What was your solution? I had ran many different virus and malware programs before reformating and nothing was ever found. Judd



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I just finished dealing with a similar piece of malware and I may have a solution for you. Please check the following and let me know:

1) Are Yahoo search results also being hijacked/redirected?

2) When redirected, does IE briefly access a server at "" or some similar address? Watch the status bar at the bottom of IE when being redirected.

Let me know and I can help you out further.


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  • JohnB Nov 28, 2009

    It sure sound like you had the same malware I was dealing with (TDSS.y Rootkit). Too bad you had to reformat your whole hard drive.

    Anyway, here's the solution that finally worked for me after trying at least 25 different malware solutions with no success - download & run Esage Labs' Rootkit.Win32.TDSS remover here.

    In my case, it was a single infected driver file, ATAPI.SYS.


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A new variant seems to be out that is not detected by all the solutions mentioned here (as at Dec 23 2009). I removed the hard drive, connected it to another computer and scanned it with Microsoft Security Essentials. Worked for me!

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First I"m assuming your using IE 8

Go to that house on the top of the screen press it choose your home page to go to each time you start IE.

Under tools internet options click delete browsing history on exit. Will keep browser running more smoothly.

About always being redirected to a different site. Check abnormal behavior with your firewall do scan ect.

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