browser re-direct from Yahoo??

Discussion in 'Spyware' started by John Pierce, Jun 26, 2003.

  1. John Pierce

    John Pierce Guest

    Has anybody run across a spyware that won't allow you to open certain
    sites, and redirects? Friend of mine was telling me that he could not get to
    yahoo.com. I visited his house and realized that he had been hi-jacked. But
    instead of just resetting his home page, this bug seemed to redirect some of
    his URLs. When he wanted to go to yahoo he was being redirected to a site
    that looked like an official "Can not find server...." but it also had links
    to search, shop, and play games. Dummy me I didn't try to figure out the URL
    he was being sent to I just downloaded and ran the latest version of ad ware
    and it recognized 208 pieces of junk, which I removed. Now instead of
    getting redirected it just won't allow him to open certain sites like
    Microsoft, and Yahoo, he now gets the "server down, try home page / refresh"
    error. I am going to have him reset his browser settings and see what that
    does. I tried to get him to update IE to version 6.0 but like I said, he
    can't even get onto MS sites. Any suggestions?

    thanks in advance

    jp
     
    John Pierce, Jun 26, 2003
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  2. John Pierce

    YK Guest

    Some nasties modify the HOSTS file. Nowadays the HOSTS file is used for
    ad blocking.
    http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm
     
    YK, Jun 26, 2003
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  3. John Pierce

    Robin T Cox Guest

    Unfortunately browser hijacking is becoming all too common. See:
    http://www.spywareinfo.com/articles/hijacked/
     
    Robin T Cox, Jun 26, 2003
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  4. John Pierce

    John Pierce Guest

    YK You hit it on button;
    He had two different hosts files. Exact same addresses in both. One was
    called WinMEhosts. Any idea what program did this? It had every think
    blocked from yahoo, to sears.com. My buddy is more of a Novice than I am,
    I'm just hoping the Adware got the culprit. I just renamed them both with a
    weird extension, but I'm worried that some app is still on his PC and will
    recreate.

    Thanks again, fastest reply I've ever got from a newsgroup.
    jp
     
    John Pierce, Jun 27, 2003
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