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


09 Jan 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 
Redirected to url4short.info when trying to visit a certain site

I mentioned this yesterday in another thread but thought it might be better suited in its own thread here. Yesterday, I was looking up a possible birthday present for a friend on Google, and when I went I clicked on a link to the laracroftonline forums, I got redirected to url4short.info, a site with lots of dodgy-looking ads. I went back to Google as soon as I realised what had happened. While this may not have been the wisest decision, I clicked on the link again and was taken to the forums instead of the redirected site. Both Avira and Malwarebytes found nothing wrong.

I just decided to see if it happened again, and it did. I tried clicking on a few other links and didn't get redirected. Does this sound like a problem with my PC or with the site? What action should I take.

For what it's worth, the Google search I did was lara croft 9" statue. Thanks in advance for your help.


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09 Jan 2014   #2

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

I got a redirect too.

WOT stopped me from going there in Firefox.
url4short.info | WOT Reputation Scorecard | WOT (Web of Trust)
Redirected to url4short.info when trying to visit a certain site-2014-01-09_15h48_02.png

I went on to url4short.info & everything is fine so you should be to.

I have a recent image is why I did that.

Try Safe Browsing Tool | WOT (Web of Trust)


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10 Jan 2014   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

So it's not just me. That's a relief. Thanks for checking. I'll have a look at WOT as well. I'll mark this as solved at the end of the week if I don't notice anything unusual on my PC before then.
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10 Jan 2014   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

One more thing...the first time I got the redirect, I closed of the ads on the page (before I noticed I'd been redirected) and it opened another ad in a pop-up window. I quickly closed that pop-up and went back to Google. Like I said, both Malwarebytes and Avira didn't find anything wrong after this and I haven't noticed any unusual behaviour on my PC or any of the websites I regularly visit, but is there anything else I should do to check or am I okay?
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10 Jan 2014   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

This is a handy program to get rid of some of those buggers.

http://download.cnet.com/AdwCleaner/3000-7786_4-75851221.html
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11 Jan 2014   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

I used that last year when I thought I had adware. It found a couple of things in the Registry today that I decided to remove. I don't know if they were dangerous or not, but I've got a registry back-up from earlier this week in case it causes any problems.
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11 Jan 2014   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 

Please download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop.
  • Shut down your protection software now to avoid potential conflicts.
  • Run the tool by double-clicking it. If you are using Windows Vista, 7, or 8; instead of double-clicking, right-mouse click JRT.exe and select "Run as Administrator".
  • The tool will open and start scanning your system.
  • Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system's specifications.
  • On completion, a log (JRT.txt) is saved to your desktop and will automatically open.
  • Post the contents of JRT.txt into your next message.
download AdwCleaner by Xplode and save to your Desktop.
  • Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool.
    Vista/Windows 7/8 users right-click and select Run As Administrator.
  • Click on the Scan button.
  • AdwCleaner will begin...be patient as the scan may take some time to complete.
  • After the scan has finished, click on the Report button...a logfile (AdwCleaner[R#].txt) will open in Notepad for review (where the largest value of # represents the most recent report).
  • The contents of the log file may be confusing. Unless you see a program name that you know should not be removed, don't worry about it. If you see an entry you want to keep, let me know about it.
  • Copy and paste the contents of that logfile in your next reply.
  • A copy of all logfiles are saved in the C:\AdwCleaner folder which was created when running the tool.
Using AdwCleaner v3: Scan & Clean:
Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool again.
Click on the Scan button.
AdwCleaner will begin to scan your computer like it did before.
After the scan has finished...

This time click on the Clean button.
Press OK when asked to close all programs and follow the onscreen prompts.
Press OK again to allow AdwCleaner to restart the computer and complete the removal process.
After rebooting, a logfile report (AdwCleaner[S#].txt) will open automatically (where the largest value of # represents the most recent report).
Copy and paste the contents of that logfile in your next reply.
A copy of that logfile will also be saved in the C:\AdwCleaner folder

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.
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11 Jan 2014   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

ThisIsMadnes91,

Let's use the following program to find out if anything is hiding...

Please use the tool Zoek:
Download > Download zoek.exe version 5.0.0.0

If your AntiVirus warns you about the program, either allow Zoek to run, or temporarily disable your AV program.
Info on how to disable your security applications > How To Temporarily Disable Your Anti-virus, Firewall And Anti-malware Programs - Security Mini-Guides

Double-click zoek.exe to start the program. (Give it a few seconds to appear.)
Next, copy and then paste the entire script in the code box below to the input field of Zoek (do not copy the word 'code'):

Code:
createsrpoint; 
process; 
filesrcm; 
startupall; 
installedprogs;
installer-list; 
uninstall-list;
hijackthis; 
firefoxlook; 
chromelook;  
srinfo; 
DIR /S /A:L "%systemdrive%\*">>"%temp%\log.txt";b




Now...
  • Close any open windows.
  • Click the Run script button and wait. It takes a few minutes to run all the script.
  • If a reboot is needed the log is opened after the reboot.
  • When finished, the zoek-results.log is opened in Notepad.
  • The log is also found on the systemdrive, normally C:\
Please post the zoek-results.log in your reply.
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11 Jan 2014   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

Which should I run first, Zoek or the programs Zevlin recommended?
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11 Jan 2014   #10

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThisIsMadness91 View Post
Which should I run first, Zoek or the programs Zevlin recommended?
Do as cottonball says. Zoek
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