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Windows 7: How would you remove Search Engine Hijacker

14 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit)
How would you remove Search Engine Hijacker

I'm trying to remove search engine hijacker from my brothers computer.He says he has run Malwarebytes, SpyBot Search and Destroy and has an up to date scan using McAfee Suite.
The symtoms are when he searches using Google or Bing he gets directed to some 3rd rate search engine with phoney information. The 3rd rate site changes each time.

I can hook up to him via Remote Access (He is in CT and I'm in AZ) to take some steps but I'm unable to find anything on the web on step for removal.

Any suggestions or links for removal?


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14 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 10 32 bit oem & Arch Linux x86_64

sounds like the tdl3 rootkit, run hitman pro 3.5, if not read a tutorial on how to run combofix, that will sort it
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14 Dec 2009   #3


Be cautious running combofix, you can mess up the computer if you aren't careful.
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14 Dec 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Also check the hosts file to make sure that there is no hard-coded ip-redirects
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14 Dec 2009   #5

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Other apps to try if you don't have success with nailzuk's suggestions:


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15 Dec 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit)

Thanks for the information.
I just checked out that Hitman Pro V3.5 and it just had an update that removes the TDL3 Rootkit virus.

Can't hurt.
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