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Chuck_Older
08-22-2004, 06:43 AM
OK, since yesterday, I have had some issues to put it mildly!

I have used IE as my browser, and AOL as a portal, for years now becaue I was afraid of something like this. At least I can still navigate the web, but here's the thing:

The address bar in both IE and AOL will not respond, under any circumstance! I have to surf using AOL's search function. I search for Yahoo, then type the URL I want into Yahoo. Then I click the link.
IE is useless, completely useless. Not even anything saved under 'my favorites' can be linked to anymore.

If I use the addy bar to type in an address, I don't go ANYwhere! I must use links for everything.

IE won't save my homepage or blank page, and when I protect either, I get a constant error message, once about every 10 seconds (using Spycatcher software) that says that my homepage amd/or blank page has been changed, even if I am offline!

I run Adaware, Spybot S+D, and Spycatcher every time I log off, but this doesn't work anymore, it seems.

I have gotten -once- a windows error that says a search function file is missing from IE, but this shouldn't be the address bar problem, to my thinking,m since this is happening in both IE and AOL

In IE, whenever I open the program, I immediately get a URL like this on the address bar:

(I wouldn't advise clicking on or going to the page! If this turns out to be a link, i will disable it with improper syntax!)
**http://bigbr.cc/**
(without the asterisks)

Occasionally, if I type in something like my car clubs website, i will get a URL in the addy bar like this:

**http://bigbr.cc/&&V8Buick.com.error%%**
(without the asterisks)

Spycatcher has detected and removed a few trojans, and Adaware and Spybot have removed something like 50 bits of spyware since Friday night, not to mention over a dozen registry changes!

This forum is a page I visit regularly. I don't know where this bit of software (if it's only one) that is screwing up my PC came from, but I can easily see this forum as a prime target for being hacked.

Be aware! Protect your PC!

If anyone has any insight to MY particular problems, please contact me, I need some help badly. Post here, or contact me at blairweescot@aol.com, my e-mail is (Currently!) still working.

Thanks in advance and keep your gaurd up

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Clash

Chuck_Older
08-22-2004, 06:43 AM
OK, since yesterday, I have had some issues to put it mildly!

I have used IE as my browser, and AOL as a portal, for years now becaue I was afraid of something like this. At least I can still navigate the web, but here's the thing:

The address bar in both IE and AOL will not respond, under any circumstance! I have to surf using AOL's search function. I search for Yahoo, then type the URL I want into Yahoo. Then I click the link.
IE is useless, completely useless. Not even anything saved under 'my favorites' can be linked to anymore.

If I use the addy bar to type in an address, I don't go ANYwhere! I must use links for everything.

IE won't save my homepage or blank page, and when I protect either, I get a constant error message, once about every 10 seconds (using Spycatcher software) that says that my homepage amd/or blank page has been changed, even if I am offline!

I run Adaware, Spybot S+D, and Spycatcher every time I log off, but this doesn't work anymore, it seems.

I have gotten -once- a windows error that says a search function file is missing from IE, but this shouldn't be the address bar problem, to my thinking,m since this is happening in both IE and AOL

In IE, whenever I open the program, I immediately get a URL like this on the address bar:

(I wouldn't advise clicking on or going to the page! If this turns out to be a link, i will disable it with improper syntax!)
**http://bigbr.cc/**
(without the asterisks)

Occasionally, if I type in something like my car clubs website, i will get a URL in the addy bar like this:

**http://bigbr.cc/&&V8Buick.com.error%%**
(without the asterisks)

Spycatcher has detected and removed a few trojans, and Adaware and Spybot have removed something like 50 bits of spyware since Friday night, not to mention over a dozen registry changes!

This forum is a page I visit regularly. I don't know where this bit of software (if it's only one) that is screwing up my PC came from, but I can easily see this forum as a prime target for being hacked.

Be aware! Protect your PC!

If anyone has any insight to MY particular problems, please contact me, I need some help badly. Post here, or contact me at blairweescot@aol.com, my e-mail is (Currently!) still working.

Thanks in advance and keep your gaurd up

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Killers in America work seven days a week~
Clash

Chuck_Older
08-22-2004, 07:01 AM
OK, when I copy and paste a URL, it works in AOL's addy bar. Still nothing in IE

BUT if I tyoe in a good URL, I get this, exactly:

addy bar: (without asterisk, I want to disable the link)
**URL=http://start-page.info/error=www.V8Buick.com

the error window that immediately pops up is:
Cannot find 'SHDocVwCTL.WebBrowser'. Make sure the path or Internet address is correct

(yes the URL is correct)

http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/35.gif http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/53.gif http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/blink.gif http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

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OldMan____
08-22-2004, 07:14 AM
Use a real browser like Mozilla or Opera.

If brute force does not solve your problem... you are not using enough!

arcadeace
08-22-2004, 07:48 AM
Chuck 'hijacking' IE has happened to many users over time, myself included. Also AOL has had a reputation for some very bad holes, and their own practices have been questioned throughout the years. What you're experiencing is not uncommon. If you've checked out Tech forum on a regular basis from time to time members have posted similar problems and usually they are fixed.

If you have a good anti-virus program like Norton's then run it, and always use a good firewall like Zonealarm. If you're clean then its probably spyware causing a headache but nothing more. I think there are even some web sites (don't know the names) which will give extensive tests to find the culprit. You can even try reinstalling IE and AOL. The bottom line in my opinion, like OldMan said, use Mozilla or Opera.

Heavy_Weather
08-22-2004, 08:03 AM
this sounds typical of one of the MyDoom worms. its prolly altered the registry. make sure you keep your virus definitions up to date if you use norton. you can find the latest updates and 'fixits' at: www.norton.com (http://www.norton.com)

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GT182
08-22-2004, 08:09 AM
Try using CrapCleaner and Ashampoo WinOptimizer Suite. They might find what the others can't... hopefully. They are free.

The other thing I'd suggest is get away from AOL as they put spyware in your pc. That's why you always see their free trials. If you have WebBug (or WeatherBug, can't remember the exact name) get rid of that too as it will screw up your pc big time.

Good luck Chuck. Hope all gets fixed soon. ~S!~

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SUPERAEREO
08-22-2004, 08:15 AM
A good free online virus scan is the one offered by Panda.

It will not cure the problem but at least it should identify it: http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/com/activescan_principal.htm


S!



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h009291
08-22-2004, 08:39 AM
Mate.. I hate to be the bearer of bad news .. but ... you maybe heading for a RECOVERY of your Operating system. Same type of thing happened to me about 3 months ago.

Everytime I fired up my computer you could see something loading in the background. After while I didnt even have to open up IE and popup windows would appear. Even during playing games. Damn thing was constantly changing my homepage addy.

I ran every Spywear / Spybot / Adware program known to man ... they detected hundreds of Registry items etc. Some they could delete, others they couldnt. It became a useless exercise. I gave up. Then one day XP wouldnt get past the bootup screen. It forced to me to use a System Recovery CD (Not to be confused with System Restore-which wont help I'm afraid).

When all was said and done there was a trojan (.exe type) welded onto my hard-drive that was eventually purged with the reformat.

I then bought myself a program called ZoneAlarm ... never had a problem like this again.

I have heard the the SP2 upgrade has a similar type of thing now. I suggest you at least install it before going on ... however, I'm afraid thats closing the gate after the cows have run away http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

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GT182
08-22-2004, 08:55 AM
Ooops, forgot Registry Mechanic, also free. Maybe that will help too before you try a System Recovery. It sure won't hurt to try it.

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ZG77_Nagual
08-22-2004, 09:06 AM
I use Spywareblaster in combo with spybot. Also mcafee 7.1i. Spybot has not found anything in quite awhile.

Waldo.Pepper
08-22-2004, 09:12 AM
Try cwschredder as well.

Chuck_Older
08-22-2004, 09:14 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by OldMan____:
Use a real browser like Mozilla or Opera.

<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Oh, is that all I have to do? If I use a real browser instead of my fake one, I'll not only have a trouble-free system, I'll be as cool as you and snug as a bug in a rug?

Thanks for the tip! You forgot to add "cranky" in between the "old" and "man", by the way. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Oh, before you get righteously indignant- nobody held a gun to your head to make you be a wise@ss. I thought maybe I'd give you and everyone else a heads up if there was a problem with this site. Silly me! If you don't like what I just dumped on you plate, maybe you shouldn't have asked for a heaping helping, eh? Have a pleasant day, Sir Helpsalot http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/mockface.gif

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Chuck_Older
08-22-2004, 09:27 AM
Thanks all, who actually helped http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Peregrine_MI
08-22-2004, 10:34 AM
Chuck,

I believe Arcadeace is correct.

I was Hijacked before, and your situation is a ditto of mine. Although when I ran AV, adaware, spybot. It decected nothing.

Still when I launched IE, it went crazy.

After looking into the problem I came across a few things. Hijackthis, and computercops.biz.

So before you reinstall windows (if you haven't done that already). Download Hijackthis.

http://www.spychecker.com/program/hijackthis.html

Let it scan your system. If you have any problems or don't understand what come's back, post your log @ this site http://computercops.biz/forum67.html, as far as I remember you won't need to register. And they should reply back in a timly manner.

Hope this help's

JG52-6High
08-22-2004, 10:51 AM
Actually , Chuck, oldman is right, IE is really a piece of Cr*ap-use Mozilla or so-no offense intended!

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stelr
08-22-2004, 11:33 AM
Chuck,

Arcadeace is correct. Do not believe you will need to do any "system recovery" at all. My $ says it's a worm and/or spyware. I had my browser hyjacked a few months ago and played hell trying to delete the correct registry files that were corrupted. There are hundreds of spyware blockers, virus checkers, etc, etc. However, you need to be careful, as some of these actually ADD spyware to your system.

From personal experience I strongly recommend getting free professional help from a site called "COMPUTER COPS.BIZ." The link is here:

http://computercops.biz/

These guys have a very quick response and will guide you step-by-step through the process of identifying the problem, removing the spurrious code, and double checking to ensure the beast is gone.

Good luck!

v/r
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OldMan____
08-22-2004, 11:41 AM
If you don´t beleive.. I can´t do anything. But I live developing software, so I know what I am speaking about. IE is almost made to create problems.

You are the unpolite guy that refuses to accept the best advice someone would be able to give.

If brute force does not solve your problem... you are not using enough!

Jagdgeschwader2
08-22-2004, 12:05 PM
After you get your problem sorted I would run out and purchase Norton Internet Security.
You will never have problems again. The firewall does not interfere with HyperLobby
and I have not noticed any loss of performance.
I have used it for the last 4 years. It has virus protection built in and automatically updates it's virus definitions.
Every day some idiot releases a new virus
and every day a hacker looks to find an unprotected pc. I pay bills and make other purchases in addition to playing FB online with my pc so security is most important to me
and it should be for everyone. Sure firewall and virus protection software is expensive but how much would it cost you if someone stole your identity or financial information?


Check to see if your PC is safe from hackers here. Also virus test.
http://security.symantec.com/sscv6/default.asp?productid=NIS2004&langid=ie&venid=sym

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[This message was edited by Jagdgeschwader2 on Sun August 22 2004 at 11:14 AM.]

Duncan_Doenitz
08-22-2004, 02:42 PM
I'm not sure if this advice still applies, but...

Unlike worms, viruses, trojans and such, some spyware is technically legal. Or close to it, anyway. Sneaking the spyware without your knowledge is of course illegal. But spyware can be legally part of a bundle from, for example, a music download management program, and the legalese stuff would be buried deep in the terms agreed to in order to get the download.

But removing "legal" spyware could cause serious legal problems for anti-virus providers such as McAfee or Nortons. So in the past, at least, it was necessary to supplement your anti-virus program with Spyware removal tools such as AdAware or Spybot, since some spyware was not being identified or removed otherwise.

Dunc

lil_labbit
08-22-2004, 05:05 PM
Oldman___ is right IE is a problem SOURCE nothing you do to it (or the OS) will change that http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

I find it a bit peculiar the way you say NO to other browsers...

I deleted IE and outlook a time back (about 3 months)... since then the cleaning process over here is a LOT easier - you won't believe till you try!!!

I'm using Firefox now and am very very happy with it - it won't hurt to try will it ? (you don't even have to make it your "default" browser)...

IE and Outlook SUCK !!! Try something (anything) else...

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moksha
08-22-2004, 05:06 PM
try searching "downloaded program files", some spyware types reside there.

VW-IceFire
08-22-2004, 05:10 PM
http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/

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Chuck_Older
08-22-2004, 06:20 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by OldMan____:
If you don´t beleive.. I can´t do anything. But I live developing software, so I know what I am speaking about. IE is almost made to create problems.

You are the unpolite guy that refuses to accept the best advice someone would be able to give.

If brute force does not solve your problem... you are not using enough!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hold it. Hold it right there. You are p!ssing down my neck, and now you're telling me it's raining.

You didn't give me advice, you told me to get a "real" product. Advice would have been, "here's your problem, here's how you might fix it", not "go get yourself the real thing".

No explanation, no nothing. Just "get a real browser". Unpolite my left foot. You asked for what you got, and now you're bellyaching. The innocent lil lamb routine might work with other people, but I ain't buying, try it on someone who just fell off the turnip truck. Go read your post and then tell me again it was "advice". No soap, mister. The browsers you mentioned might be the best thing since sliced bread, but your 'help' was couched in language I don't need an English Major to explain to me. Look down your nose at someone else, maybe they might not mind. I dunno, I'm not them.

lil_labbit
08-22-2004, 06:48 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Chuck_Older:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by OldMan____:
If you don´t beleive.. I can´t do anything. But I live developing software, so I know what I am speaking about. IE is almost made to create problems.

You are the unpolite guy that refuses to accept the best advice someone would be able to give.

If brute force does not solve your problem... you are not using enough!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hold it. Hold it right there. You are p!ssing down my neck, and now you're telling me it's raining.

You didn't give me advice, you told me to get a "real" product. Advice would have been, "here's your problem, here's how you might fix it", not "go get yourself the real thing".

No explanation, no nothing. Just "get a real browser". Unpolite my left foot. You asked for what you got, and now you're bellyaching. The innocent lil lamb routine might work with other people, but I ain't buying, try it on someone who just fell off the turnip truck. Go read your post and then tell me again it was "advice". No soap, mister. The browsers you mentioned might be the best thing since sliced bread, but your 'help' was couched in language I don't need an English Major to explain to me. Look down your nose at someone else, maybe they might not mind. I dunno, I'm not them.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>



YOU ARE RIGHT... but... Micro$ucks ....

In an ocean a drop of water is hard to find...
Sometimes there IS no solution -and this is it - and then your choise is a new (COMPLETE) windows re-install OR a better browser http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif - he did give the best advice http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

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Chuck_Older
08-22-2004, 06:56 PM
Just because the bearer of information is a jack@ss, that doesn't mean that I discount the info.

I have found a temporary solution- I burned a copy of IE and then replaced my IE files with it. I can use my browser's addy bar now IF I type in http:// first http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/blink.gif

Not gonna say how much experimentation it took to find that out, but let's say it was more than a little

i am sure it will become corrupted again, but I have the CD I burned the files to. I'll play this game for a little while until I can decide which browser besides IE will be best for me.

Just glad this website and my club's website isn't where the bad files are coming from.

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Weather_Man
08-22-2004, 06:57 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Peregrine_MI:
Chuck,

I believe Arcadeace is correct.

I was Hijacked before, and your situation is a ditto of mine. Although when I ran AV, adaware, spybot. It decected nothing.

Still when I launched IE, it went crazy.

After looking into the problem I came across a few things. Hijackthis, and computercops.biz.

So before you reinstall windows (if you haven't done that already). Download Hijackthis.

http://www.spychecker.com/program/hijackthis.html

Let it scan your system. If you have any problems or don't understand what come's back, post your log @ this site http://computercops.biz/forum67.html, as far as I remember you won't need to register. And they should reply back in a timly manner.

Hope this help's<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

This is the best advice so far, along with using Firefox.

Run the Hijack This utility and post the results at Computercops. They are very good at fixing you up.

FYI, if it's extremely persistent like a trojan I got not long ago, start preparing your backup files for an OS reinstall. Sometimes it's just easier to start over. That was the last time I used IE also. It's just not worth it any more.

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lil_labbit
08-22-2004, 06:59 PM
all this trouble just to keep the micro$ucks ****? roflmao

I would go for mozilla firefox/thunderbird (IE/outlook) lol it's a lot easier - and a LOT more reliable http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

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Chuck_Older
08-22-2004, 07:02 PM
roger that

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wayno7777
08-22-2004, 08:54 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Weather_Man:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Peregrine_MI:
Chuck,

I believe Arcadeace is correct.

I was Hijacked before, and your situation is a ditto of mine. Although when I ran AV, adaware, spybot. It decected nothing.

Still when I launched IE, it went crazy.

After looking into the problem I came across a few things. Hijackthis, and computercops.biz.

So before you reinstall windows (if you haven't done that already). Download Hijackthis.

http://www.spychecker.com/program/hijackthis.html

Let it scan your system. If you have any problems or don't understand what come's back, post your log @ this site http://computercops.biz/forum67.html, as far as I remember you won't need to register. And they should reply back in a timly manner.

Hope this help's<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

This is the best advice so far, along with using Firefox.

Run the Hijack This utility and post the results at Computercops. They are very good at fixing you up.

FYI, if it's extremely persistent like a trojan I got not long ago, start preparing your backup files for an OS reinstall. Sometimes it's just easier to start over. That was the last time I used IE also. It's just not worth it any more.

http://banners.wunderground.com/banner/smalltemptr/language/www/US/TX/Dallas.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hey Chuck,
I'm using HiJack This and Spybot 1.3. Another good freebie is Bazooka. The thing I've found is that using Windows update helps keep a lot of cr*p away. I know there was a critical update for IE last week.
A very good free A/V program is AntiVir. It's updated almost everyday. Here's the link. http://www.hbedv.com/en/products/antivir_workstation/index.html
But the guys above have very good advice also.
add: been leaning toward trying FireFox when it goes gold. Still leery of other browers since Netscape dumped one of my previous 'puters.
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ElAurens
08-22-2004, 11:32 PM
Chuck...

Try running Ad-Aware ( the new SE version is great BTW), spy bot, etc... in safe mode. Many of the persistant bugs will hide in the background and simply re-install themselves after being cleaned in your normal windows environment.

Boot up in safe mode and run the programs there.

Oh, yeah, I was very reluctant to try another browser too, but now I use FireFox almost exclusively. It has dramatically cut down on spyware. And it is true about AOL. It is little more than a giant funnel for spyware. Get another service.

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TX-EcoDragon
08-22-2004, 11:42 PM
Get Firefox (you have heard this already though!!) Also get the software known as HijackThis and generate a logfile of your scan, there are many sites out there that have forums for posting these and there are many folks who can help you sort this all out. I had just such an event a few months ago and was able to eradicate it after much frustration.


here is the thread I had posted regarding this when it happened to me:

http://www.txsquadron.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1656

Best of Luck

(By the way, sometimes a reformat is handy anyway, so this sort of thing can be a good catalyst for those of us who havent done that in a while. . . or ever)

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pres_
08-22-2004, 11:44 PM
What with all the upgrading I've done, and all of you as well no doubt, I got a second machine now.

This is my dedicated Linux machine which I use for surfing the net. A lot of people tool around with Linux, get it working, then think, well, what do I use it for? This is one thing it is great for. Linux is effectively =immune= to all the parasites that suck blood out of windows. No hijacks, no spyware, no viruses, no registry corruptions. I say "effectively" because there are weaknesses in Linux too, but you'd be pretty unlucky to get hit since they are few and far between. I connect my Windows box to it and transfer files between the two, and use it for a firewall too.

So running thirty kinds of defensive programs on Windows is not the daily grind for me anymore. I don't have to do it. The internet is once again the pleasant place it used to be. It's peaceful.

I suggest you try it if you're sick of the hassle. It can be a nightmare to get going but once it is set up (if you get it set up) it keeps on trucking.

LEXX_Luthor
08-23-2004, 12:50 AM
Old_Man did come across a bit harsh for an tender innocent IE user. For a long time I heard all the Good Things about FireFox but who cares I never had a problem until...oh boy I got increasingly infected through IE until the computer would not work properly.

I cleaned myself using Adaware and CWShredder along with HijackTHis (very deep stuff). But its a whole new game learning how to do this--talk about immersion. Looking at the spyware boards helped me, but most of all using Task Manager to decide what programs started running when I saw a pop~up (even offwhine they pop up). Tracked em down and with the especial help of Hijack This got all cleaned up. Been using FireFox since with absolutely no problems at all (yes, its a real browser--but I found out too late). On a purely techie level, the Old_Man gave the best advice here. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/11.gif

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Zayets
08-23-2004, 04:49 AM
Chuck,
If you have to reinstall your OS (I hope for you that this won't happen),then you might consider Firefox.There's no perfect software,all of them have bugs , heck a proof is even IL2 http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif , but certainly some products are better than others.
I had the same problem as you did,downloaded all the utils and tools posted here in this thread for a nasty spyware .exe , just to get it out of my system.Not to mention countless attempt to fake registries to make this program not running.All of these to no avail.Firewall enable and an antivirus did helped a lot , but they are far to be waterproof.So,what was left? Reinstall.First thing I did was to uninstall MSN,MSN Explorer.Dnld Firefox(you can use any other browser you like) , and made my default browser.Since then didn't had any problem at all with spyware,malware etc. For sure I will have to re-install my Windows box (I do that every 6 months),registries databases gets so huge and clumsy that no matter what you do , system will crawl.
All I hope is that you can fix this thing. I know how annoying this stuff can be.I've been there http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

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Mony Bone Jakon
08-23-2004, 12:56 PM
Ive run into this problem w/ the wife's laptop several times since she likes to buy illicit drugs from the internet. This has to be the most useful link in ridding the problem:

<A HREF="http://www.pchell.com/support/onlythebest.shtml" TARGET=_blank>http://www.pchell.com/support/onlythebest.shtml
</A>

BTW
cwshredder doesn't update itself anymore.
Besides the browser ****-the "about:buster" software found all kinds of garbage. Man, I have to remember to donate some flow to the cat who wrote that program! Also, if some of the instructions seem vague (the host stuff), skip it. There are several processes that must be done, however many are redundant. About:buster and HiJack This seem the most effective tools, free or premium, in getting things back to normal.
I tried Mozilla, and liked it, but since i use Outlook all the time, I prefer the IE toolbar. And yes, I'm not puter literate.

[This message was edited by Mony Bone Jakon on Mon August 23 2004 at 12:07 PM.]
Oh ****- I meant Illiterate!

[This message was edited by Mony Bone Jakon on Mon August 23 2004 at 12:09 PM.]

eddie_slovik
08-23-2004, 01:08 PM
hmmmmm......thats one gooner hijacked only 39,999 to go.
i believe this exploit may originate in white hart lane.

DrDave242
08-23-2004, 01:44 PM
If we could back away from browser zealotry for a moment, did anyone bother to search the net for "bigbr.cc"? You know, Google? Our friend with all the o's? What you're seeing is symptomatic of a CoolWebSearch variant, which can usually be eliminated with CWShredder, as already posted a few times. However, as someone mentioned, the guy who wrote CWShredder has moved on to other things and won't be updating it any more. If it doesn't fix the problem, you may be better off giving your machine a good, swift FDISK right in the you-know-what.

OK, back to browsers. I've got Firefox on my machine at home, and it's OK, but I only installed it about a month ago. Before that, I'd used IE for years. My wife still uses IE on that machine every day, and we've never been infected or compromised once. Not one single time. We've had a cable connection for a couple of years now, so you'd think something would have hit by now. Just what websites are the rest of you visiting? You know, there's no law that says you have to click on every link you see.

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Mony Bone Jakon
08-23-2004, 01:46 PM
Like I said-bad websites: porn, drugs, cable piracy, the GOP. lol

CPS_Lav69
08-23-2004, 06:44 PM
Try this.http://www.softpedia.com/public/cat/10/17/10-17-150.shtml CWShredder. Very affective.

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