Search Engine / IE 8 / Virus Problems

  alfredgerald 19 Jul 11
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Running Windows XP Service Pack 3 with IE 8. When my search engines (Google and Yahoo) locate the site I require and I click one I am redirected to other sites completely unconnected to my request. I have also lost sound from sites like You Tube. My Favourites have disappeared. My Word Custom Dictionary has disappeared as well. Have tried System Restore and reinstallation, any thoughts. Had a virus earlier today but my security suit says that all is now OK.

  buteman 19 Jul 11

Download and run malwarebytes and see if it finds any problems.

You get a fortnights trial of the Pro version so use that if you do not already have it downloaded.

  Secret-Squirrel 19 Jul 11

"When my search engines (Google and Yahoo) locate the site I require and I click one I am redirected to other sites completely unconnected to my request"

Here's something else to try:

Go to Start -> Control Panel -> Internet Options -> "Connections" tab -> "LAN Settings" button. Make sure the "Use Proxy Server" option is not ticked.

"Have tried System Restore and reinstallation"

When you say "reinstallation", do you mean you wiped the drive and reloaded XP from scratch - or did you do something different?

  alfredgerald 19 Jul 11

Proxy Server option is not ticked. Have reinstalled Google and Yahoo only

  Secret-Squirrel 19 Jul 11

Thanks for that Alfred.

Try Buteman's suggestion and if that doesn't fix your search-engine redirect problem then it could be caused by a compromised Windows Hosts file which we can investigate if need be.

  alfredgerald 20 Jul 11

Buteman's suggestion found nothing. I have reinstalled IE 8 but problem still there. When I turn the PC on my Mcafee finds a Trojan (xcpt-hook1) and deletes it but it reappears every time. Are they combined?

  onthelimit1 20 Jul 11

Sounds as though you need to run the TDSSKiller - I had the same problem as you and it took ages to find this solution. Free download from Kaspersky here

  buteman 20 Jul 11

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic404669.html

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-tdss-tdl3-alureon-rootkit-using-tdsskiller

Having a look at both of them I think onthelimit1 is on the right track.

Maybe posting on one of those Malware removal sites may be your best bet as the infection is hard to remove if you have it.

  alfredgerald 21 Jul 11
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Thanks all. It turns out that it was a Root kit at the heart of it. I would never have found it. It took the experts at Mcafee four and a half hours to rectify. They downloaded various programmes to identify it, kill it and reinstall the missing components.

  onthelimit1 22 Jul 11

'It took the experts at Mcafee four and a half hours to rectify'

for the benefit of others, did you try the Kaspersky download I suggested?

  alfredgerald 22 Jul 11

Yes without success. Thanks for your help.

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