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My Computer Has Been Hijacked!  
User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Posted (12 years 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2354 times:

Everytime I open up IE it just keeps going to c:searchpage.html and I am unable to go to another page unless I keep running Hijack This and removing each entry. When I close IE it resets itself back to c:searchpage.html.

Please help!


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User currently offlineMarkyboy From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 207 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2339 times:

Go to http://www.safer-networking.org/ and download SpyBot Search & Destroy. This will clean up any nasties you may have hidden away in your system. It sounds to me like you have been infected with spy/ad ware and this is the best free program out there to deal with it.

Hope you get it fixed.


User currently offlineMikey711MN From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1426 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2336 times:


http://www.computing.net/security/wwwboard/forum/11182.html seems to have solved it. It's a bit involved, i.e. you have to edit your registry as one of the steps, but you should be ok.


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User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2325 times:

Markyboy, I've tried all of them - Spybot Search & Destroy, CWShredder, Ad-aware, Hijackthis but it just keeps coming back. I'm looking through the above link right now.



User currently offlineAa777flyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2255 times:

try going to www.spyhunter.com

User currently offlineRoyalDutch From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 917 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 week 6 days ago) and read 2238 times:

I had that problem on a friend's computer a few weeks back..and it's true, the thing just won't die with any of those programs...try searching for every instance of it in the registry and deleting them all...i think that's what i did...I don't remember....there was more to it than that, I think...but in the process of fixing that, something else went wrong that i had to fix, so it was a very long, arduous process...so basically, I don't remember the exact process, but I think there were a few files and registry keys that had to go. Those things suck.

User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 week 6 days ago) and read 2234 times:

I think I've managed to overcome it. I had to do a non-destructive reformat of my PC which set it back to factory settings whilst not deleting any of my files. It seems alright now even though I still had a few problems after formatting. I don't know how it got hijacked though - I didn't access any weird sites yesterday - just airliners.net, avsim.com and projectai.com.  Confused


User currently offlineYhmfan From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 608 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 week 6 days ago) and read 2231 times:

There is a program called "Ad Aware" which does a really good job of removing spyware and other annoying things that make their way to your computer and are not viruses.
It is free and you can get it from http://www.lavasoft.de
It is amazing how much garbage makes it to your computer while surfing. To give you an idea I have had Ad Aware for about 4 months and it has removed 1918 "objects" from my computer.

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User currently offlineDavid b. From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3148 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (12 years 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2222 times:

Run Ad-Aware. Make sure you go to their web site and download the latest definition files.

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User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2196 times:

I've had ad-aware for a long time now (about a year) but it still didn't manage to get rid of that hijack. Since I downloaded Ad-aware it has quarantined 1914 objects!


User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (12 years 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2176 times:

Just noticed another problem aswell - Outlook Express is extremely slow. It takes at least 2 minutes to connect to my POP server. I've been checking through some help sites and found this one but I don't exactly know what to do:

Increase speed of Outlook Express when Messenger is removed or disabled

For some users when they remove windows messenger or just disable it from starting up automatically they experience a great slow down when launching Outlook express. Users who experience such a slow down will find a error in the system error log saying "The server {FB7199AB-79BF-11D2-8D94-0000F875C541} did not register with DCOM within the required timeout." The solution this problem is quite simple. Just Open up regedit and search for the string {FB7199AB-79BF-11D2-8D94-0000F875C541} and modify the keys InProc32 and LocalServer32 default key to a empty string. After a reboot, Outlook will start up as fast as possible.

I know what Regedit is and know how to get to {FB7199AB-79BF-11D2-8D94-0000F875C541} but I don't understand what to do after that.

Any help is greatly appreciated!


User currently offlineSamurai 777 From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 2461 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (12 years 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2125 times:

DC-10 Levo,

I understand in a way what you've gone through. Spyware and trojans are not very nice at all! They're also a bitch to remove, too!

It sounds like your IE browser's been hijacked so that it ends up with that .html file as the new homepage. While Hijack This does well at removing unwanted files, have you also considered that you Favorites section of your IE browser might still have that c:searchpage.html inside it? If so, just right click on it and delete it, then remove it using Hijack This.

Also, have you checked through Internet Options (under Tools on your IE browser) and checked what the homepage's been set to? If it's that .html file, just delete it and put in whatever URL your regular homepage is. Then check with Hijack This as well.

I have Hijack This on my 'puter and all those anti-spyware stuff abovementioned too, and I've been through a similar thing as you have, with the unwanted file stubbornly refusing to be removed at first.

As for the regedit thing, I'm not entirely sure what it means to modify the keys to an empty string. Besides, in my regedit, there is no such string. I guess it's because my OE is not set up in the same way or is a different version. (I have OE 6 and IE 6)

I'm no expert on regedit, but as you probably already know, regedit's not something to be fooled around with.

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