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Windows 7: Redirected to url4short.info when trying to visit a certain site

23 Jan 2014   #31
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

You can remove the 'Ask toolbar'. Read this: Enable Web Protection in Avira Free Antivirus without SearchFree Toolbar ? Raymond.CC


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23 Jan 2014   #32
ThisIsMadness91

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

Thanks, but I never installed the toolbar or the web protection.
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23 Jan 2014   #33
cottonball

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

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I use Avira Free Antivirus which comes with an option to install the Ask toolbar to get free web protection. I don't know if these files are part of Avira or something else...
ESET is reporting the files as: Bundled.Toolbar.Ask application

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I never installed the toolbar or the web protection...
The Ask Toolbar is showing on the ESET report, though.
It is your decision as to what to do, but, it would be in your best interest to check out the info provided by Jacee.


On your initial concern, are you still being redirected to url4short.info?
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24 Jan 2014   #34
ThisIsMadness91

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

The files are detected on my laptop as well, which also has Avira Free Antivirus. If you like, I can uninstall Avira on that, then run the scanner again to see if the files are still there afterwards. I had a look at Jacee's information, and it's definitely something worth keeping in mind if I want to get the web protection in the future.

As for url4short.info, I just tried visiting the forum for the first time in over two weeks and yes, I still get redirected.
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24 Jan 2014   #35
cottonball

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

On: url4short.info

Please do the following:
1. Click Start -> All Programs -> Accessories

2. Right click Notepad and select: Run as administrator

3. Click Yes/Continue on the UAC window.

4. When Notepad opens. click: File > Open

5. In Filename, type C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts

6. Click: Open

Please post the contents of the Hosts file in your reply.
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26 Jan 2014   #36
cottonball

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Is the website you are visiting the only one that is giving you the url4short.info issue, or are there others doing the same thing?

Is the website a forum running the Invision Power Board (IP.Board) software?
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27 Jan 2014   #37
ThisIsMadness91

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

This website is the only one that's given me a redirect, yes. As for the IP.Board software, I can't remember, but I think it does. I haven't tried visiting any other forums to see if the redirect happens.
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27 Jan 2014   #38
cottonball

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

If it is only a particular website causing the problem, it appears the site is compromised with some sort of code, and causing the redirection.

Since we do not know how/if the website has been specifically affected, if you use a password to the site, you may want top reset it with a difficult one. That may not solve the immediate problem, but may deter your system from being the 'recipient' of any fallout.
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27 Jan 2014   #39
ThisIsMadness91

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

I've visited the forum occasionally over the last year or two, but never created an account there. Also, I don't know if this information helps at all, but the redirect doesn't happen on my iPhone, possibly because it sends me to the mobile version of the forum rather than the desktop version.
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27 Jan 2014   #40
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Flush the DNS cache and restore MS Hosts file...


Copy and paste these lines in Note pad.


@Echo on
pushd\windows\system32\drivers\etc
attrib -h -s -r hosts
echo 127.0.0.1 localhost>HOSTS
attrib +r +h +s hosts
popd
ipconfig /release
ipconfig /renew
ipconfig /flushdns
netsh winsock reset all
netsh int ip reset all
shutdown -r -t 1
del %0



Save as flush.bat to your desktop.
Double click on the flush.bat file to run it.


Next, download TFC by Old Timer TFC - Temp File Cleaner by OldTimer - Geeks to Go Forums and save it to your desktop.
Save any unsaved work. TFC will close ALL open programs including your browser!
Double-click on TFC.exe to run it. If you are using Vista/Windows 7 right-click on the file and choose Run As Administrator.
Click the Start button to begin the cleaning process and let it run uninterrupted to completion.
Important! If TFC prompts you to reboot, please do so immediately. If not prompted, manually reboot the machine anyway to ensure a complete clean.


Tell us how you're doing now.
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