1 Copper

Re: Search Result Redirect/Hijacked Browser

Hole Kevin,

     I completed a scan with no threats/objects found. WOO. Everything seems well and good now. Thanks a million!

I've uninstalled HijackThis and MalwareBytes via add/remove programs. I know there are some CMD's to remove combofix and possibly others, so awaiting instructions.

Also, is there any programs and or settings you'd recommend to help prevent infection? Im somewhat lost as to how so many trojans etc got on this system, as its my travel/work computer.


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4 Tellurium

Re: Search Result Redirect/Hijacked Browser

Hiya Ryan,

Continue as follows :-

Step 1

Remove Combofix now that we're done with it

  • Please press the Windows Key and R on your keyboard. This will bring up the Run... command.
  • Now type in Combofix /Uninstall in the runbox and click OK. (Notice the space between the "x" and "/")user posted image

  • Please follow the prompts to uninstall Combofix.
  • You will then recieve a message saying Combofix was uninstalled successfully once it's done uninstalling itself.

The above procedure will delete the following:

  • ComboFix and its associated files and folders.
  • VundoFix backups, if present
  • The C:_OtMoveIt folder, if present
  • Reset the clock settings.
  • Hide file extensions, if required.
  • Hide System/Hidden files, if required.
  • Reset System Restore.

It is very important that you get a successful uninstall because of the extra functions done at the same time, let me know if this does not happen.

Step 2

  • Download OTC by OldTimer and save it to your desktop. Alternative mirror
  • Double click user posted image icon to start the program. If you are using Vista or Windows 7, please right-click and choose run as administrator
  • Then Click the big user posted image button.
  • You will get a prompt saying "Begining Cleanup Process". Please select Yes.
  • Restart your computer when prompted.
  • This will remove tools we have used and itself. Any tools/logs remaining on the Desktop can be deleted.

Step 3

1. Click Start, click Run, type control appwiz.cpl in the Open box, and then press ENTER.
2. Click to select ESET Online Scanner from the application list, and then click Remove. Only re-boot if prompted

Step 4

Download and scan with CCleaner

1. Use either one of the two free links below the Premium version. If you are offered any Toolbars etc such as Yahoo just decline the offer.
2. Before first use, select Options > Advanced and UNCHECK "Only delete files in Windows Temp folder older than 24 hours"
3. Then select the items you wish to clean up.

In the Windows Tab:

  • Clean all entries in the "Internet Explorer" section except Cookies if you want to keep those.
  • Clean all the entries in the "Windows Explorer" section.
  • Clean all entries in the "System" section.
  • Clean all entries in the "Advanced" section.
  • Clean any others that you choose.
  • Make sure "Wipe free space" is unticked, this will dramatically increase scan time if selected.

In the Applications Tab:

  • Clean all except cookies in the Firefox/Mozilla section if you use it.
  • Clean all in the Opera section if you use it.
  • Clean Sun Java in the Internet Section.
  • Clean any others that you choose.

4. Click the "Run Cleaner" button.
5. A pop up box will appear advising this process will permanently delete files from your system.
6. Click "OK" and it will scan and clean your system.
7. Click "exit" when done.

CCleaner is an excellent Utility and well worth keeping, bottom left hand corner of main interface is link "Online Help" use that link to get the full instructions for this very handy application.

Let me know if the above steps complete OK, also any remaining issues/concerns.




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1 Copper

Re: Search Result Redirect/Hijacked Browser


All seem to be super duper and running better than ever! Thanks so much for taking the time to help me! Its VERY appreciated. Im pretty sure everything is resolved =D

Have a great rest of the year!


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4 Tellurium

Re: Search Result Redirect/Hijacked Browser

Hiya Ryan,

Your latest logs are clean and you say that your system is running well, it would be an excellent idea to keep it that way. The following advice will go along way to keeping you secure so that you can enjoy safe and happy surfing.

Here are some tips to reduce the potential for malware infection in the future:

Make proper use of your antivirus and firewall

Antivirus and Firewall programs are integral to your computer security. However, just having them installed isn't enough. The definitions of these programs are frequently updated to detect the latest malware, if you don't keep up with these updates then you'll be vulnerable to infection. Many antivirus and firewall programs have automatic update features, make use of those if you can. If your program doesn't, then get in the habit of routinely performing manual updates, because it's important.

You should keep your antivirus and firewall guard enabled at all times, NEVER turn them off unless there's a specific reason to do so. Also, regularly performing a full system scan with your antivirus program is a good idea to make sure you're system remains clean. Once a week should be adequate. You can set the scan to run during a time when you don't plan to use the computer and just leave it to complete on its own.

Install and use WinPatrol This will inform you of any attempted unauthorized changes to your system.

WinPatrol features explained Here

You will have several programs installed, these maybe outdated and vulnerable to exploits also. To be certain, please run the free online scan by Secunia, available Here Before clicking the Start scan button, please check the box for the option Enable thorough system inspection. Just below the "Scan Options:" section, you'll see the status of what's currently processing.... user posted image
...when the scan completes, the message "Detection completed successfully" will appear in the Programs/Result section. For each problem detected, Secunia will offer a "Solution" option. Please follow those instructions to download updated versions of the programs as recommended by Secunia.

Use a safer web browser

Internet Explorer is not the most secure tool for browsing the web. It has been known to be very susceptible to infection, and there are a few good free alternatives:


Opera, and


All of these are excellent faster, safer, more powerful and functional free alternatives to Internet Explorer. It's definitely worth the short period of adjustment to start using one of these. If you wish to continue using Internet Explorer, it would be a good idea to follow the tutorial HERE which will help you to make IE MUCH safer.

These browser add-ons will help to make your browser safer:

Web of Trust warns you about risky websites that try to scam visitors, deliver malware or send spam. WOT's color-coded icons show you ratings for 21 million websites, helping you avoid the dangerous ones:

Available for Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Green to go,
Yellow for caution, and
Red to stop.

Available for Firefox only. NoScript helps to block malicious scripts and in general gives you much better control over what types of things webpages can do to your computer while you're browsing.

These are just a couple of the most popular add-ons, if you're interested in more, take a look at THIS article.

Here a couple of links by two security experts that will give some excellent tips and advice.

So how did I get infected in the first place by Tony Klein

How to prevent Malware by Miekiemoes

Finally this link HERE will give a comprehensive upto date list of free Security programs. To include - Antivirus, Antispyware, Firewall, Antimalware, Online scanners and rescue CD`s.

Don`t forget, the best form of defense is common sense. If you don`t recognize it, don`t open it. If something looks to good to be true, then it aint.

Post back and let me know if you`re happy to close this one out,

Take care,




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1 Copper

Re: Search Result Redirect/Hijacked Browser

Kevin, Mate,

   Im content and ready to close this out. All seems to be well and great. Muchas Gracias amigo!


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4 Tellurium

Re: Search Result Redirect/Hijacked Browser

Since this issue appears to be resolved  the topic has been closed. Glad we could help.  emoticon.Yes.title

If you're the topic starter, and need this topic reopened, please contact a staff member with the address of the thread.

Everyone else please begin a New Topic.

The fixes and advice in this thread are for this System only. Do not apply the instructions from this thread to your own System. Please start a new thread describing your issue and someone will be along to assist you.



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