Redirect virus keeps coming back after cleanup! [Closed] [Solved]
Posted 28 July 2012 - 07:37 AM
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Posted 29 July 2012 - 07:33 AM
I allways have problems with Firefox as it has so many nooks and crannies where redirectors can hide.. Which I guess is why I only use IE9
Posted 29 July 2012 - 07:56 AM
I am surprised that you said you always have problems with Firefox!! I read years ago that it was more secure than IE, but perhaps IE has improved, right? I've used Firefox for many years and IE only occasionally. Firefox loads faster but it does have a few bugs. Never had any major problems until now. Don't think I can use IE9 because my old laptop runs Win XP. Oh well, we'll see what happens if you are willing to stick with this investigation. Thanks.
Posted 29 July 2012 - 07:58 AM
IE9 is now the more secure browser out there, plus it works straight out of the box, no addons required
IE8 is nearly as secure but it is the highest option that you can get with XP
Posted 29 July 2012 - 08:05 AM
Posted 01 August 2012 - 04:15 PM
Then I decided to do another thorough cleanup and ran all my updated cleanup programs and did an Avast anti-virus scan and low 'n behold it found two viruses!! Both were Win32:Trojan:Gen and found in C:\..... SystemVolumeInformation|_restore + a bunch of letters and numbers. I assume this is in the System Restore files in Windows. Avast removed them, of course, and so far they haven't reared their ugly heads again, but does this mean I should turn off System Restore thus emptying the restore files??
This is so weird... I've never had any viruses on my computer before... it's always been clean. I'm now wondering if Win XP is more vulnerable than it used to be. Perhaps it's time for a new computer, but I don't like Windows 7 so I'm being bull-headed and refusing to get it. Oh well. Do you think this is the end of these redirect viruses?? Please advise. Thanks.
Posted 02 August 2012 - 06:37 AM
Lets clear my stuff off and reset the restore points, but monitor for a while in case it rears its ugly head again
Subject to no further problems
I will remove my tools now and give some recommendations, but, I would like you to run for 24 hours or so and come back if you have any problems
Now the best part of the day ----- Your log now appears clean
A good workman always cleans up after himself so..The following will implement some cleanup procedures as well as reset System Restore points:
- Under the Custom Scans/Fixes box at the bottom, paste in the following
- Then click the Run Fix button at the top
- Let the program run unhindered, reboot the PC when it is done
Run OTL and hit the cleanup button. It will remove all the programmes we have used plus itself.
We will now confirm that your hidden files are set to that, as some of the tools I use will change that
- Click Start.
- Open My Computer.
- Select the Tools menu and click Folder Options.
- Select the View Tab.
- Under the Hidden files and folders heading select Do not show hidden files and folders.
- Click Yes to confirm.
- Click OK.
Now that you are clean, to help protect your computer in the future I recommend that you get the following free programmes:
Update and run weekly to keep your system clean
Download and install FileHippo update checker and run it monthly it will show you which programmes on your system need updating and give a download link
It is critical to have both a firewall and anti virus to protect your system and to keep them updated. To keep your operating system up to date visit
To learn more about how to protect yourself while on the internet read our little guide How did I get infected in the first place ?Keep safe
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