Search Engines Gone?!

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  1. AniProwl

    AniProwl Banned

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    I don't why but all the search engines (Google, Yahoo,MSN) on my computer are all gone.

    Instaed, I get redirected to some language website.

    I asked a friend of my dad's who works at computer services at the library I work at. He gave me a list anti-spyware websites which might solve the problem. However, the downloads disappeared.

    I really need those seach engines for college stuff , like research papers.

    Can someone please help me?
     
  2. Sol Fury

    Sol Fury The British Butcher Administrator News Staff

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    Sounds like Malware. If you know when it happened, you might want to try using system restore to roll back to a point before that, it should reverse changes to the registry.

    Otherwise, you are going to want some strong anti-malware tools.

    AVG is a good solid program:

    AVG Free | Antivirus Download | Free Virus Protection | UK

    If the downloaded EXEs are vanishing though what you need is to use an online scanner. Trend Micro runs one, I'm sure people can suggest others.

    HouseCall 7.1 - Free Online Virus and Spyware Scan
     
  3. BigPhill

    BigPhill Well-Known Member

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    Also use Malwarebytes to get rid of most of the nasty stuff.
     
  4. McBradders

    McBradders James Franco Club! Veteran

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    Nobody posted a "Let me google that for you" link?

    Son, I am disappoint.
     
  5. PaladinVance

    PaladinVance Watch your step.

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    one thing on this, some malware will block running System Restore, so you'll have to load in Safe Mode (happened to me once a while back)
     
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    Sounds serious.

    Personally I would just nuke the machine and start over.

    Every year or so I redo my PC, I'm probably overdue right now. I actually have a CD wallet with all the 'relevant' software for me to reinstall my entire system. I can do it in a few hours now, whereas before it'd take a couple of days.
     
  7. AniProwl

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    It keeps asking me to save the file.

    Should I do that?
     
  8. Autobus Prime

    Autobus Prime Transit Former

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    This may not be so hard to fix, so don't get too worried yet. :) 

    Download & run HijackThis. Click "Scan", observe results, but don't tell it to fix any problems yet(as the program will warn you, you can break things if you don't know what you're doing yet) Copy the log file and paste it here, and some of us might be able to tell you what looks ugly. This is a pretty useful tool for situations like this.

    You'll be looking for something like URLSearchHook in that list, IIRC.


    Trend Micro HijackThis - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com
     
  9. Rodentus prime

    Rodentus prime Old Git

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    I agree - booting up in safe mode and doing a system restore should get your computer behaving itself until you can run some anti-malware software.
     
  10. Roanstalker

    Roanstalker Great Baan Gaan fan

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    I had a similar problem. It became so bad I just reinstalled windows.
     
  11. seven

    seven RIP Poopers 4-1993/5-2008

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    Had a similar issue on the wife's laptop. Eventually I started getting the pop ups that the pc was infected and linked to a piece of software to remove it (for $30), searching on a clean pc just brought back links to that piece of software.

    I downloaded McAfee through Comcast, I had to do it with USB drive on another comp though.
     
  12. Red Alert

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    It's a toomah.
     
  13. Atomsplitter

    Atomsplitter Needs a new title.

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    IT'S NOT a TOOMAH!!!
     
  14. GogDog

    GogDog Logic's wayward son Veteran

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    It's a DNS hijack.

    Look up how to delete your HOSTS file. )(edit, just use this: http://www.dslreports.com/faq/10131)

    After running an updated malware removal program first.
     
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