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#1 hudson bay rules

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 06:33 AM

in the last week my internet has had some bogus links added to some otherwise innocuous text.

any solution?

thanx in advance.

Edited by hudson bay rules, 20 July 2012 - 06:34 AM.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 06:35 AM

Probably just spyware. Run a spyware sweeper thing. I'm sure someone can suggest one.

PS: Lay off the porn.
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Posted 20 July 2012 - 06:37 AM

Probably just spyware. Run a spyware sweeper thing. I'm sure someone can suggest one.

PS: Lay off the porn.



well, err

Some of the links are for E Harmony and cloud computing.
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Posted 20 July 2012 - 06:38 AM

google 'spybot search and destroy'. It's a good one and always works for me.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 07:14 AM

well, err

Some of the links are for E Harmony and cloud computing.

search your porn using an incognito window in the future.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 07:36 AM

If you would like, print these instructions out before you do any of the following so that you have something to refer to:

There are a few things you can do to remove malware from your computer. I would recommend following these instructions. You should begin by installing AVG Free Edition. AVG has built-in anti-spyware software, a rootkit scanner, as well as antivirus software. It also provides full-time protection to block any incoming threats while you are browsing the internet. Go through its settings, update your virus definitions, and optimize it to scan the entire computer and to do daily routine scans, then run it once.

Scan your computer with AVG before you reboot. There are some viruses that want to kill your computer upon reboot, and some that will activate on a specific date; sometimes you can detect them before rebooting, so be sure to run your antivirus once beforehand.

Afterward, you should go into safe mode. Safe mode allows the operating system to run with just the bare minimum processes operating in the background. This is the most effective mode to remove malware. You can access safe mode by rebooting your computer and pressing F8 at the very first bootup screen, prior to the appearance of the Windows logo. Select "boot in safe mode with command prompt."

When the command prompt appears, you will want to have your PC check itself for corrupt system files. I used this method to remove a terrible trojan horse a few weeks ago; said trojan horse embedded itself in one of my system files and could not be removed by my antivirus. Instead, it was removed via this method. Begin by typing "sfc /scannow"; this will prompt your computer to verify many of its initial files, and overwrite any corrupt ones with the originals. SFC stands for System File Checker.

Once this is complete, press CTRL+ALT+DELETE, open the task manager, and click the "File" tab. Select "New Task (Run...)," then click on "browse" in the new window. Go into your Programs folder, find the AVG folder, then open the "AVG 12" folder within it, or the folder for whichever version you may have. Then scroll down and find the "avgtray.exe" file. Double click on it, and click "OK" to create that new process. AVG should now be running itself in Safe Mode. Make sure all the boxes are checked to ensure it covers everything, make sure it is set to scan your whole computer, then click on "scan" at the bottom. A new command prompt window should appear with the scan running.

Once the scan is complete, the black command window should automatically close itself. When your scan is complete, press CTRL+ALT+DELETE, and reboot your system. If you previously detected a corrupt file while performing either the System File Checker scan or the AVG safe mode scan, go back into safe mode and repeat that scan again.

Essentially, you are doing two things in safe mode:
1. Scanning for corrupt system files (with the "sfc /scannnow" command). Sometimes malware can overwrite and do bad things to these files.
2. Performing a malware scan with your antivirus, and correcting your registry files. The virus shouldn't be able to interfere with your scan in this mode.

This will take approximately an hour to accomplish. Let us know afterward if this resolves your issue.

Edited by WeatherWise, 20 July 2012 - 08:21 AM.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 08:13 AM

search your porn using an incognito window in the future.


Veteran maneuver.
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Posted 20 July 2012 - 08:28 AM

Veteran maneuver.

protip, it also prevents it from showing up in your address bar hints when entering a web address/searching and frequently visited pages list on the new page tab.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 09:06 AM

download and save this..
www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/rkill/

then download and save this..
www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/combofix/

then download and install SuperantiSpyware
www.superantispyware.com

boot the computer in safe mode. Run RKill let it do it's thing. Run Combofix and let it do its thing.. this one will take 20+ mins...

reboot and run superantispyware.
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Posted 20 July 2012 - 09:24 AM

Just don't watch porn :)

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 09:43 AM

OK

Spybot seemed to help.

When I was posting before the bit at the bottom of the page used to have a clickable link for the word "single" (claimed to go to E Harmony) in the line "you can upload up to 134.21k of files (max single file size 134.21k)" and it's no longer clickable.

hope that's all I need.

thanx everyone.

Edited by hudson bay rules, 20 July 2012 - 09:44 AM.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 09:51 AM

I would still recommend performing a system files check as well as an anti-malware scan in safe mode. It is quite crucial to have ongoing, full-time anti-malware security, which is why I believe having comprehensive software is important. The procedure I mentioned above is well worth the time; having software such as AVG should also protect you from future threats. With malware removal, taking shortcuts and cutting corners are never wise options.

Avelanch mentioned sandboxing, which is what you may want to consider in the future. At the moment, I would suggest performing a complete scan of your PC.

Edited by WeatherWise, 20 July 2012 - 09:56 AM.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 10:02 AM

how to I go into safe mode?

the only time I've seen it is when the comp had a problem and asked me first upon boot up.
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Posted 20 July 2012 - 10:05 AM

how to I go into safe mode?

the only time I've seen it is when the comp had a problem and asked me first upon boot up.


When you restart the computer, as soon as you see the logo of your manufacturer of your computer, keep tapping "F8" till it goes to a second screen where you get to select different options.
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Posted 20 July 2012 - 10:07 AM

how to I go into safe mode?

the only time I've seen it is when the comp had a problem and asked me first upon boot up.


You may want to print out my first post, as you may not be able to access it once you're in safe mode.

To enter safe mode, restart your computer. At the very first screen that appears, press F8 numerous times. You should be taken to a menu listing several different options, three of which allow you to enter safe mode. Select "boot in safe mode with command prompt."

Prior to that, though, install AVG Free Edition, update its antivirus definitions, check the settings to allow it to scan all files, set the scheduled scan settings, then do a whole computer scan. Afterwards, follow the instructions in my post, beginning with booting in safe mode.
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Posted 20 July 2012 - 10:08 AM

When you restart the computer, as soon as you see the logo of your manufacturer of your computer, keep tapping "F8" till it goes to a second screen where you get to select different options.



thanks.

My new Samsung just goes into sleep mode 99% of the time I'm not using it.
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Posted 20 July 2012 - 10:10 AM

thanks.

My new Samsung just goes into sleep mode 99% of the time I'm not using it.


Install your antivirus first, update it, configure its settings, then scan. As I mentioned, you might not wish to restart your PC until you've scanned it once. Sometimes, a virus activates its final payload when you reboot your machine, which is why you should always scan first when dealing with malware.

Edited by WeatherWise, 20 July 2012 - 10:13 AM.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 10:15 AM

malware bytes is better for removing the actual spyware... Spybot is better for the deeper settings and registry issues...

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 10:27 AM

malware bytes is better for removing the actual spyware... Spybot is better for the deeper settings and registry issues...


Unfortunately, Malware Bytes is more of a remedial solution than a full-time protection strategy. I was fortunate enough to have AVG block a blackhole exploit kit from threatening my PC just two days ago, which is part of why I regard it so highly. Had it not detected and blocked the threat, I would have had to clean up my registry after it had done some damage. I still performed a comprehensive scan afterward to ensure my PC was 100% healthy.

Those exploit kits are nasty creatures. Much of the guesswork is removed by having an ongoing malware monitor in place.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 10:39 AM

You should also investigate through MSconfig (Run "MSCONFIG" at the start menu) to see which processes are running first.

Make sure you know how to use REGEDIT and follow the instructions to reach the paths. Lots of programs start by default by adding registry entries.
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Posted 20 July 2012 - 10:47 AM

I guess MS Security Essentials and ParetoLogic PC Health Advisor don't get high marks from you lot.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 03:03 PM

Buy a new computer. ;)

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 03:16 PM

i need new brakes on my car.. i guess i should just buy a new car huh?
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Posted 20 July 2012 - 03:35 PM

Buy a new computer. ;)



yeah, at 6 months old it's pretty ancient by today's standards.
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Posted 20 July 2012 - 05:17 PM

PC or Mac?

...oh wait I see its a PC

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 07:02 AM

Or..... just reformat. LOL

Just make sure you have a separate drive or partition for your OS, and reformat and reinstall Windows every 3-4 months.

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 07:32 AM

Well, it happened again. The best I can figure is reImage had latched onto my Google Chrome as an extension and I've deactivated a program called Addict thing.

I think that was it.
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