I'm working on a friends xp computer and cleaned it from viruses using various a/v progs and anti malware progs, Microsoft maliscious malware remover tool, ran hijack this, and I'm still getting the browser (I.E.8) diverted to random sites after doing a search through Google."Hijack This" doesn't show up any discepancies, and I've Googled (on my pc) any other fixes that may be around. Is there something I'm missing? Does anyone have any ideas that don't include reformatting? Thanks in advance for any help.
Answer by markd12 · Jan 09, 2011 at 04:44 PM
I've had this one twice there are two ways to get rid of it, it is caused by the TDSS rootkit there are a few variants of it and they are all irritating. Download the TDSS Killer utility from Kaspersky its free and it will remove most variants of the TDSS rootkit, one you anti virs may have already removed it if so you will need to reset your router as the TDSS rootkit can change your DNS causing your google searches to be redirected. (Reformatting might not work if it changed the DNS settings I tried it and was very annoyed when it didn't work)
Answer by UniverseMorpher · Jan 09, 2011 at 04:41 PM
there are viruses that stay even after reformatting the entire HDD... you should check if there is a citynet that he's connected (there might be a network virus) or check with the ISP ... but all of those are extremes ... you should rescan with some good antivirus softwares like Kaspersky or Norton !
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