So I have a problem similar to
where some malware is hijacking search engine urls like so
http://seocash.us/r....=29&b=1&q=flash button objects&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.adobe.com%2Fsupport%2Fflash%2Faction_scripts%2Factionscript_dictionary%2Factionscript_dictionary079.html&s=google
Now the funny thing is that when i save a search page using file > save as, the urls are correct when i open the saved page in a browser. For instance, the above hijacked url should be
Ohh and before i forget, this problem occurs in both ie 6 and firefox 3
The person who started the above thread solved the problem by booting the system from a boot disk and found these files
So I figure I'll try the same but I don't know how to make an xp home boot disk or if I use my xp cd. But I would also like to know how they determined these were the files. I used xp search files and none of these showed up. I don't know if they are hidden and thus search won't find them or if there are other files on my computer. I also searched for the files greyknight17 suggested and found nothing.
Now, I just reformatted my hard drive and installed a fresh copy of XP over the weekend. I didn't have the time to spend 1/2 hour getting xp activated so i couldn't update from sp2. I just reconnected to the internet after over a year away and I read that sp3 can cause some problem so I opted not to install sp3 when i reconnected to the net. Any advice on this?
I'll reformat and reinstall xp if I can't solve my problem using a boot disk. No big deal just 3 hours I'll never get back hehe. I have my master drive partitioned. about 9 gb for OS and apps and the rest of the 120 gb for my files and work i do with my apps. So not much to back up, just favorites really.
Now I'd like to offer some help if I can to this community. So if I reformat, what info, ie logs ect, shall I get before and after reformat so someone with the expertise can look them over and see what may have been the problem so they could help others? Should I get the after reformat info with the same apps I have installed or after xp is installed? Will activating xp after reformat and before getting info be ok? In other words, shall I have my computer exactly the way it is atm when i get the after reformat info?
I have comcast internet and they offer McAfee security suite and it found nothing. I called McAfee and that was usless ltalking to someone who hasn't a good grasp of the english language talking thru a tin can connected with a string, and that's not a humorus exageration! 10 minutes to find he was asking for my email addy! enuf for that rant even though i didn't scratch the surface.
One more thing, I read a thread where a g2go guru informed a person after they posted a log about using p2p. I use p2p and know about the risks. However, I just visit 3 sites that legally allow bootleg music tracked on their trackers. And all 3 have strict rules of the file types allowed in a torrent. However I suppose there's the posibility of a security breach thru the p2p app that's not dependant on the torrent and the files it contains. I use μtorrent
Edited by bc2hander, 12 January 2009 - 10:30 PM.