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Google Going Ga Ga

Post by FLETCH » Mon Feb 08, 2010 4:30 am

Hello to all you techies out there.

I realise you all probably come here to escape the endless mundane questions thrown at you either as part of your jobs or just because you are intellectual power houses.

Well I have another said mundane question that hopefully one or more of you may be able to help me with, just out of the goodness of your hearts.

Enough sucking up??? Ok here it is...

I have some sort of trojan or worm or something that is screwing up my search engine... namely Google.
I can search any topic I like but when I click on a link I get sent to random sites that may or may not have anything to do with the original search.

Anyone got any ideas how to clear this annoying weed out of my machine?

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Post by Hawkeye » Mon Feb 08, 2010 4:43 am

It looks like you've got the Google Redirect virus. Try downloading and running Hitman Pro 3.5

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Post by PsychoHawk » Mon Feb 08, 2010 8:27 pm

Here's some great tips for keeping your system clean.

1) Never use Microsoft's Internet Explorer to browse the web. Use anything else and you'll avoid a large chunk of problems. Use Firefox (It'll use your old bookmarks!) and throw on some ad-blocking add-ons to be safe. Accidentally clicking on ads is the easiest way to end up with a virus.

2) Keep your Windows up to date with patches and security fixes.

3) Use a good spyware/malware/adware blocker and remover. Spybot Search and Destroy , or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware are two excellent freebies. Check your system once a week minimum.

4) Use a good anti-virus program. Windows Defender is supposed to be great but I use AVAST! (it's free!) and it kicks ass just fine. Check your system once a week to be safe.

5) Use Dogpile or some other meta-search site: it'll run your search through 3-4 different search engines at once with the same accuracy as the hosting search engines.

6) Be aware that some viruses can spread via Thumb/Jump/Mini/USB drives. Just like sex, if you don't know where it's been, you might want to think twice about plugging into it.

I hope this helps, just try not to send in any bad turns!

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Post by FLETCH » Tue Feb 09, 2010 12:40 am

Thanks for the tips guys.

I will install Hitman Pro 3.5 and see how that goes.

FYI I used to use Opera as my browser but some time ago I switched to Firefox. Don't care for EI.

I have been using CCleaner to keep things tidy and Spyware Terminator to keep an eye on some undesirables. More recently I installed Spyware Doctor as well.

I have been using NOD32 as my anti-virus for some time and up until this little hicup I have had no problem.

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Post by Logain » Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:46 pm

Shoulda boughta Mac :D

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Post by Six_Of_One » Wed Feb 10, 2010 2:47 pm

Or, convert to Ubuntu Linux and run windoze in a virtual box or use wine to run win apps.
No anti virus, no malware/spyware etc etc required.
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Doesn't mean you should."

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Post by the.Ant » Thu Feb 11, 2010 8:15 pm

I don't know Hitman Pro, but other good programs to try are
"Spybot Search and Destroy" and "Hijack This".

If all this fails, try a bootable anti-virus CD with which you can scan your system without the need to boot it.
there are several of those around, just to name some options: ... d-malware/ ... d-malware/

good luck!

BTW, six is absolutely right, I'm running Ubuntu already a few years now and it works like a charm.

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