Web pages wont load and some redirect themselves?
Question: This began to happen recently, i dont understand why. I havent downloaded or installed any new programs. I have not made any changes to my computer either, just been using Microsoft word and media player. The web page either wont load and has (at the bottom of the screen, it shows "load/stopped/done etc" right?) "read gostats.com" at the bottom of the progress bar/loading bar. If i refresh it goes "stopped". If i go back then go to same link, i get same result despite repeated tries. Another thing is that web pages redirect themselves. I go back and go same link like 10 times before i get the page i want. I have scanned my computer using Norton, Malware and they all showed up with nothing. ANY help is appreciated, im beginning to get desperate =/ @ Doug: Ok, i did it for the HKEYCURRENTUSER and only found "AdobeUpdater" in that section. For HKEYLOCALMACHINE: i had "Optional Components" with 3 subfolders- IMAIL, MAPI, MSFS. For the addons, i only have java, flash, Virtus Search Opt-in 3.6.6, Norton IPS, Norton Toolbar, Microsoft. Net Framework Assistant 1.2.1. I checked admin tools and found nothing suspicious, just the standard stuff from other comps (compared it to my laptop which is running fine). And i update my norton every day i log on (it autoupdates itself daily). thanks heaps! :D
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The virus scanners don't always find it. Boot into safe mode. Normally this is done by pressing the F8 key during boot. Could be different on your system. You need to look up two keys in the registry. In XP or vista (with the classic view of the start menu) you can go start -> run and type in regedit (otherwise, get to a command prompt and enter 'regedit' and hit enter) On the left pane, expand HKEY_CURRENT_USER. then Software, Microsoft, Windows, Current Version, and Run On the right side you will see a list. There should be a name followed by a file path (data). If it were me, I would just look at the names and locations for something suspicious and delete it. BUT DON'T DO THIS! Rather, post the names and date of what you see here. Don't change or delete anything. Screwing up your registry can make your problems much worse. Also, repeat the above for HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE. (alternatively, there is a program called 'hijackythis' from trend micro that can export some useful information for you to post here, it's a free download) If you post the info, I will tell you which entries may be causing the problems. Also, while still in safe mode, and I'm assuming you're using Internet Explorer (ask me how I know),on your file menu, go to tools -> internet options -> connections -> click LAN settings and make sure the box to use a proxy server is not checked. A lot of browser hijacker malware love to do this. They install a small proxy and redirect all your traffic. Also, check Tools -> Manage Add Ons -> Enable or Disable Add Ons. Again, here you are looking for something suspicious. I would also suggest that you check in the control panel under admin tools and services for suspicious services, but there is so much to look at there I don't know if it would be much help. Otherwise, keep updating the definitions to your virus scanner and it may catch up to your problem eventually. Good luck. I won't be able to get back to this post for 12 hours or so, but if you post that info someone else might catch it. ***edit*** sorry. The only thing I didn't recognize was virtuous search and apparently it's not malicious. Hmm. I assumed this is happening on all pages. If that's not the case, maybe it's not actually malware. I found this: http://forum.bullguard.com/forum/8/Gosta... http://support.mozilla.com/pa-IN/questio...
If you're getting the problem with a newly-formatted computer, one of two things is true. Either you have malware that's embeded itself in some firmware on your machine (BIOS, hard drive controller, ...) or your entire network has a worm that's propagating itself to uninfected machines. The only way to fix the first problem is to locate which firmware it's in and scrap it. Not a nice fix. The second isn't that bad, but it's a lot of careful work. You have to isolate all your machines from one another and clean them one at a time before letting them talk to each other again. Try scanning with malwarebytes or whatever else you choose in Safe Mode With Networking on each machine. SMWN sometimes keeps malware from protecting itself. Also, turn off System Restore to evict any copies of bad stuff that might be lurking there. To get into Safe Mode with Networking: 1. Log out and reboot your machine. 2. When the machine starts the reboot sequence, press the F8 key repeatedly. 3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the resulting menu. 4. Login. If the malware has changed your password, try logging in as Administrator. By default, Administrator has no password. 5. The machine will continue booting, but the Windows desktop will look different. 6. When you're finished doing what you need to do, log out and reboot back into normal mode. Much good luck.
Here is what I have tried so far: 1. Emptied the cache, cookies, temporary internet files. 2. Optimized and de-fragged the hard drive not once but 3 or 4 times. 3. Run all utilities on Norton CleanSweep & SystemWorks including the "diagnosis & repair" options. 4. Pinged the internet connection. Spent several hours on the phone with Comcast establishing that it is NOT my internet connection causing the problem. Found a lot of very confusing articles on Mozillazine and Mozilla Help that do not actually seem to address this specific problem
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Can't help you with resolving your problem, but need to warn you that the link posted by Selda Digman is malicious. This person also goes under the names of Oberon Reber, Granthem Tolman and Elvin Fatula. Edit: After reporting this person, the answser has been removed, but please be alert.
You can't post a Hijack this log file here due to the character limit. It will not post the whole log file. You can post it on the free computer support forum on the link below. You will have to create an account first though. This prevents spamming and drive-by posting. Do not post the log however until you are instructed to do so by your helper. Just post that you think you may have malware. http://www.repairbotsonline.com/ http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/page...
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