Help! My searches are being highjacked.

Discussion in 'Backup and Security' started by lindq, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. lindq


    I'd appreciate some help from a knowledgable gearhead.

    When I use Google or Yahoo for a search, results appear that seem legit when presented.

    However when I click on them I am directed to crap sites.

    Something is hijacking my browser. I am running antivirus, etc., and have erased cookies. But no help thus far.

    I use Windows XP. I am seeing the problem on both IE and Firefox.
  2. adware and spybot worked well for me a few years back. at that time they were free.
  3. Spybot

    Download and Run all three. Be sure to Update prior to running the scans.

    I also use Spywareblaster in an effort to block some of the critters before they make their way onto the HD.


    - Spydertrader
  4. Malwarebytes is an AWESOME program. A virus may elude spybot or ad aware-those are fine for normal tracking maintance-but if you've got some evil stuff cooking Malewarebytes is the kind.
  5. wenzi


    Get a mac...
  6. Format the hard drive and reinstall the OS.
  7. In addition to the previously mentioned programs, I have had good results with SuperAntiSpyware. It is also a free program.
  8. lindq


    Thanks. Malwarebytes did the job.
  9. My buddy's laptop had the same problem - none of the standard virus removal programs touched the problem.

    The only one that worked, and worked permanently was A-squared.

    Spybot and Ad-Aware both failed to get rid of the problem (it was coolwebsearch I think, and it was nasty bugger).
  10. #10     Nov 13, 2008