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    Posted: 05 December 2009 at 12:24pm
Maybe you guys colectively have some brilliant idea that will help me out.

I've picked up some kind of malware. I managed to find and get rid of about half of it, but I've still got the more annoying part.
- Randomly, my browser will open up a new tab or tabs, usually one or two, though I've seen as much as four. Abotu three quarters of the time this is 'triggered' by me moving to a new page or opening a new tab. The new tabs used to come up with some site, but after running an adware check and getting rid of some stuff they now come up blank. Still annoying.
-Sometimes when on Google, I'm getting a browser hijack redirecting anything I click on to some crap search site, you know the kind I mean. If I re-google the same thing, usually on the second try it doesn't hijack.

It's happening both on Chrome and IE, though on IE instead of opening new tabs it opens new windows.

I've updated and run Spybot, Ad-AWare, and MBAM. I'm also running an updated version of AVG. In all cases I do a full scan, still not finding anything. This has been happening for about a week and a half.

Anyone got any ideas? It's not making my computer unusable or anything, but having a window or three randomly popping up every ten minutes is aggravating.
"Abortion is not "choice" in America. It is forced and the democrats are behind it, with the goal of eugenics at its foundation."

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Oh, and IB4 jpeg of a condom or some such.
"Abortion is not "choice" in America. It is forced and the democrats are behind it, with the goal of eugenics at its foundation."

-FreeEnterprise, 21 April 2011.

Yup, he actually said that.
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Try CCleaner.  Instead of deleting just malware, it deletes all the Crap from you pc.  It is possible that it may take care of something that isn't being detected.  
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I highly recommend hijackthis. After you run it, copy the logfile and past it on THIS website and it will analyze it fairly well for you. Also try windows defender, it has managed to catch a few for me.
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Tried CCleaner- awesome program, did a lot of useful stuff - but still no luck.

I DID detect a sketchy as hell startup entry in all chinese characters, which is now gone. The site that tries to load on the browser tab popups is foreign, I think- it's jsut a random string of characters after http://, not even all of them letters or numbers. I mean totally random symbols. It's trying to load something in a character set I don't have. I suspect the Chinese startup was related to this.

I'll keep fooling around with it. This is leading me into a more general cleanup/maintenance of my laptop anyway.
"Abortion is not "choice" in America. It is forced and the democrats are behind it, with the goal of eugenics at its foundation."

-FreeEnterprise, 21 April 2011.

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LOL Tallen.

I would clean install before buying Snow Leopard though.  Probably save you a bunch of money.
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Tallen, I lol'd.

Also, bri, your sig also made me lol.
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Tallen, do you know how long it took me to figure out the firefox logo was on her shirt? I like.

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Originally posted by tallen702 tallen702 wrote:



Took me a good minute or so to see the FF logo.

Update your Spybot and Ad-aware if you have it. Reboot into Safe Mode and run both. Spybot will do all sorts of cool Safemode stuff, and when you relaunch, it will do another scan before your OS even fully loads.
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If you are familiar with Windows processes, I recommend Process Explorer and Autoruns, from Sysinternals, a great company that understood the underpinnings of Windows so well that Microsoft bought them.
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Originally posted by choopie911 choopie911 wrote:

Not worth it.

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It was only like $15 for me.

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Originally posted by carl_the_sniper carl_the_sniper wrote:


Originally posted by choopie911 choopie911 wrote:

Not worth it.



Wrong, but okay.
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Still no friggin luck, I've used Spybot to check all my startup entires, have selectively disabled the ones that could be causing it, and still nothing. This little bastard is the most tenacious malware I've ever had.
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might as well just refomat
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Originally posted by tallen702 tallen702 wrote:




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Originally posted by brihard brihard wrote:

Still no friggin luck, I've used Spybot to check all my startup entires, have selectively disabled the ones that could be causing it, and still nothing. This little bastard is the most tenacious malware I've ever had.


Reformat and remember:



For your own protection!
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