Adware? http://www.searchv.com/w/ - HELP!

Discussion in 'Security Software' started by Rob St. John, Oct 15, 2003.

  1. Rob St. John

    Rob St. John Guest

    Hey all,

    My computer keeps crashing, and IE's homepage keeps
    getting changed to http://www.searchv.com/w/

    I am also experiencing many pop ups now.

    I assume some adware program got installed, but when
    checking my Add/Remove programs there is nothing there
    that I can find....nothing is new anyways, so it must not
    have installed itself using that. I also try to hit ctrl
    alt delete and check out the running processes and I can't
    eliminate any processes that would be doing it. I can
    reset my homepage, but the next time I restart, boom,
    there it is.

    I'm at a loss for what to do. Can someone please help me
    out? Emails preferred please.

    Thanks for your help,
    Rob St. John
     
    Rob St. John, Oct 15, 2003
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  2. Go here to make use of Andrew Clover's excellent script, hosted by James
    Eshelman:

    http://www.aumha.org/a/noads.htm


    I'm uncertain what happens if it gives you names, but one standard
    suggestion is Ad-aware:

    http://www.lavasoftusa.com

    Download the free version, install it. First time you run it, update the
    definitions via the link on that first page.

    Then scan your machine, right-click the list of stuff it finds and check off
    everything, then tell it to fix it.
     
    Bill Sanderson, Oct 15, 2003
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  3. Rob St. John

    YoKenny Guest

    This is a new browser hijacker parasite and has several causes. It is
    being discussed and removed for a few people in:
    http://forums.spywareinfo.com/index.php?showforum=11 and scroll down to see
    the solutions.

    If you need more help, download the following file and unzip it:
    http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/files/hijackthis.zip

    Double-click "HijackThis.exe" and Press "Scan".
    When the scan is finished, the "Scan" button will change into a "Save Log"
    button.
    Click: "Save Log" (generates "hijackthis.log")

    Next, HijackThis | Config [button] | Misc Tools [button]
    Click: Generate StartupList log [button] (generates "startuplist.txt")

    Next, go to the below location: Spyware and Hijackware Removal Support.
    http://forums.spywareinfo.com/index.php?showforum=11

    Sign in, or post as a guest, then copy and paste both files in your
    message.
     
    YoKenny, Oct 15, 2003
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  4. Rob St. John

    YoKenny Guest

    By the way I forgot to mention that to stop this happening again read and
    follow the advice here:
    http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/unwanted.htm

    Get and update then run frequently after checking for new updates:
    http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
     
    YoKenny, Oct 15, 2003
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  5. Rob St. John

    Rob St. John Guest

    Thank you to both of you!

    I ran HijackThis and removed alot of junk, as well as
    changed my security settings. I am going to install
    adaware as well after the script on Andrew Clover's site
    has finished running. Hopefully this will have cleaned up
    most of my computer.

    Thanks again,
    Rob
     
    Rob St. John, Oct 15, 2003
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  6. Rob St. John

    Jim Guest

    Do a search for Ad aware 6 from google.com and install,
    update and run it. It will clear all kinds of spyware from
    your system.
     
    Jim, Oct 15, 2003
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