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Re: Google Hijacked

Unread postby askey127 » April 4th, 2011, 7:13 am

I think you just had to work through a few leftover redirected sites saved by Windows in the DNS cache.

Just a few more things to do, to improve your Security going forward.
Clean Up our tools first:
Start OTL, and click the Clean Up button.
Remove Programs Using Control Panel
From Start, Settings, Control Panel or Start, Control Panel, click Add/Remove Programs.
Highlight each Entry, as follows, one by one, if it exists, and choose Remove :

Adobe Reader 9.4.2

Take extra care in answering questions posed by any Uninstaller.
Download and Install the newest version of Adobe Reader for reading pdf files, due to the vulnerabilities in earlier versions.
All versions numbered lower than 10.0 are vulnerable.
Go HERE and click on AdbeRdr1001_en_US.exe to download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Save this file to your desktop and run it to install the latest version of Adobe Reader.

After the new Reader is installed, Open Adobe Reader X.
OK the license.
Click on Edit and select Preferences.
On the Left, click on the Javascript category and Uncheck Enable Acrobat Javascript.
Click on the Security (Enhanced) category and Uncheck Automatically trust sites from my Win OS security zones.
Click on the Trust Manager category and Uncheck Allow opening of non-PDF file attachments with external applications.
Click the OK button

I would recommend use of a HOSTS file. It blocks inadvertent access to thousands of harmful websites.
Be sure to follow the whole two-part procedure, and get the DNS Client service disabled before installing the HOSTS file.
Replace the Current HOSTS File with MVPs
You can read about HOSTS files here : http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm

  • Disable DNS Client Service. This is necessary when installing a large HOSTS file.
    From Start, or Start, Run
    Type services.msc in the box and hit <Enter>
    Give permission to continue if necessary.
    Scroll down to DNS Client on the list, Right Click it and choose Properties.
    Under Service Status, click Stop. Wait until it reports the service stopped.
    Under Startup Type, choose Disabled.
    Then click Apply, OK
    If this procedure was successful, proceed with the installation as follows:
  • Use HostsXpert to Install the HOSTS File
    Download HostsXpert and unzip (extract) it to your computer, somewhere where you can find it.
    • Double click on HostsXpert.exe to launch the program. Give whatever Permissions are required.
    • In the bottom half of the left pane, click on File Handling
    • If the first button at the top is labeled Make Writeable?, click on it so the label changes to Make Read Only
    • Click third button from the bottom, labeled Download. A couple new buttons will appear at the top.
    • Click on the top button labeled MVPs Hosts and choose Replace
    • When asked to verify if you want to Replace present Hosts file, click OK.
    • When it finishes, click on File Handling again.
    • Click the button at the top labeled Make Read Only, so the label changes to Make Writeable?
    • Hit the X in the upper right corner to exit HostsXpert
Download and Run Temp File Cleaner (TFC.exe)
Download Temp File Cleaner and save it to your desktop.
TFC will close ALL open programs... including your browser!
Double click to run it.
If you have a lot of junk files to remove, it could take a while, so please be patient and let it finish.
When it's done, it will report the total size of files removed. If it asks to Reboot, choose to do so. This will remove files that could not be removed while Windows was running.
After Restart, log back in to your usual account. Keep this program and run it every week or two. It is the most thorough, safe, temp file cleaner available.

Continue to clean up files that can be offloaded to other media. This will free up enough space that Windows will run correctly.
I would keep Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and scan with it every week or two. Be sure to have only ONE antivirus running. If you ever want to swap your antivirus, be sure to Uninstall the old one.
Good Luck,
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Re: Google Hijacked

Unread postby askey127 » April 7th, 2011, 6:28 am

this topic is now closed.

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