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my browser taken over by something???

Stephen Huey
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Joined: Jul 15, 2003
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Yesterday I started noticing some funny stuff happening when browsing on the web. Sometimes what I type in the browser address bar gets redirected to a site called search-aid.com!!! How is this possible? Wouldn't they have to override something in IE, even replace some of IE's code? Or is this site actually what Microsoft uses now? Obviously I find that hard to believe, and so I'm wondering how to get rid of this search-aid.com junk. I've already scanned with Ad-Aware and Norton, and I deleted some junk I found on my computer yesterday, but this problem hasn't gone away, and I've been trying to figure out how to locate the source of it on my hard drive! Naturally, search-aid.com has no info up about who they are.
For example, if I type in localhost on my address bar (which I would often do before), it now takes me to this URL:
http://www.search-aid.com/search.php?qq=localhost
I hate this insidious stuff! I know it wouldn't be right, but it certainly makes me feel like writing software to crash their site. Unfortunately, I suppose they're more than ready for traffic since that is undoubtedly what they want more than anything else.
michael bradly
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Joined: Oct 06, 2000
Posts: 112
Most likely you've been hijacked by some spyware. You can go here http://www.pestpatrol.com/Downloads/Eval/DownloadHomeEvalNew.asp to get an evaluation copy of pest patrol to check your system.
Here is a free utility, spybot http://download.com.com/3000-2144-10122137.html
That should help.
Michael
Originally posted by S. C. Huey:
Yesterday I started noticing some funny stuff happening when browsing on the web. Sometimes what I type in the browser address bar gets redirected to a site called search-aid.com!!! How is this possible? Wouldn't they have to override something in IE, even replace some of IE's code? Or is this site actually what Microsoft uses now? Obviously I find that hard to believe, and so I'm wondering how to get rid of this search-aid.com junk. I've already scanned with Ad-Aware and Norton, and I deleted some junk I found on my computer yesterday, but this problem hasn't gone away, and I've been trying to figure out how to locate the source of it on my hard drive! Naturally, search-aid.com has no info up about who they are.
For example, if I type in localhost on my address bar (which I would often do before), it now takes me to this URL:
http://www.search-aid.com/search.php?qq=localhost
I hate this insidious stuff! I know it wouldn't be right, but it certainly makes me feel like writing software to crash their site. Unfortunately, I suppose they're more than ready for traffic since that is undoubtedly what they want more than anything else.
HS Thomas
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Joined: May 15, 2002
Posts: 3404
I've had the same thing happen to me on MS IE on Windows XP and now on Konqueror on Mandrake Linux.
These are getting everywhere. I think AdAware removed some system files when I ran it on Windows XP. The system never booted up well since.
So beware! I hope spyware removal tools get better.
Stephen Huey
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Joined: Jul 15, 2003
Posts: 618
You know, I think Ad-Aware helped me get rid of a little bit of really nasty junk, but that and PestPatrol and SpyBot seem to focus a little too much for my liking on cookies. I mean, a lot of cookies don't bother me a bit. I've got more annoying issues going on that they're NOT finding! I wish Win XP gave me more info about processes that are running in the Task Manager!!!
michael bradly
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Joined: Oct 06, 2000
Posts: 112
Inspect those cookies closer and read the description and log. Pest Patrol doesn't alert you to innocuous cookies, but to spyware and adware cookies. Additionally it does a much better job inspecting for trojans then most virus protectors do, although that playing field has been leveling.
If you have problems with your task manager, you might also want to inspect netstat or netstat -a since task manager seems to like to run on port 1026 and opens itself up on the web. Windows XP, paticularly the home edition opens you up to ports that you don't really need to have opened up. Additionally, the spyware you have on your system would probably come up as a process since it relays info about you, hence slowing down your system.
Here is a good link to scan your ports to see if you are too open. http://www.dslreports.com/scan
I don't know much about the XP task manager per se, but a quick google search seems to pull up quite a few resources. This one looked simple yet fairly informative http://www.wown.info/j_helmig/wxptskmg.htm

Originally posted by S. C. Huey:
You know, I think Ad-Aware helped me get rid of a little bit of really nasty junk, but that and PestPatrol and SpyBot seem to focus a little too much for my liking on cookies. I mean, a lot of cookies don't bother me a bit. I've got more annoying issues going on that they're NOT finding! I wish Win XP gave me more info about processes that are running in the Task Manager!!!
 
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