whats wrong with my computer? browser opens by itself with a bunch of popups?
hey guys i have a serious problem and i don't know how to fix it. a while back i had a rootkit virus or whatever its called and what happened was whenever i would search something in google or any other search engine it would redirect me to spam sites every time i clicked on any of the search result links. i posted a yahoo answers question about that and got a few good answers, i took one of the guys advice and used two programs to get rid of it and once it was gone i had no problems for a few weeks.
well now something is on my computer again, and its similar so i took the same advice from before and used the same two programs. i ran it in safe mode used kapersky rootkit killer and it found another two rootkits. then i ran malwarebytes and it found 3 more. it got rid of them and then i restarted my computer and ran the program again in normal mode. it found 1 more and got rid of it, but this time it didn't solve the problem. what happens now is this. i will just be sitting on my computer and internet explorer (the browser i don't ever even use anymore) will just open out of nowhere and a million tabs will open with advertisements and videos and all kinds of stuff. if i close out of it, it just happens again like every 2 minutes and it will do this for like 30 minutes and then stop doing it all together for a while and then start doing it all over again. this is driving me nuts and i can't afford to have my computer messed up. i have to many important things on it. do you guys know what is causing this and how i can fix it? please help!!
Carlo's why not read my question before responding to it? i already mentioned i have tried malwarebytes. it worked the first time but this time whats happening is slightly different and it didn't work.
its ok Carlo's. i guess i should have split up the text a bit more.
Chris, i really wish i could!!! i hate it, i never use it and it just takes up space but you cannot remove it for some reason. its not even listed in the installed programs list.
as for everyone else. thanks for your answers, i will go over them and decide which advice to take.
- Anonymous8 years agoFavorite Answer
Well, if TDSSKiller didn't remove it, then I am not going to suggest any other programs, as a novice user can do more damage than good with the other anti-rootkit programs. The other anti-rootkit programs require a little more computer savvy to remove only the malware.
I now suggest you go to the bleeping computer forums for professional help to remove the malware you have.
Create your free account here:
Post this question in this forum:
Follow the advice they give to the letter.
After your computer is clean, I suggest you install WinPatrol, it should be able to keep rootkits from doing their damge. Winpatrol is just a system monitor program, and will inform you when something wants to make changes to your computer. You will have to give permission with WinPatrol to install/uninstall lagit programs, but you will be asked for permission for malware to make changes, which you can deny, and run scans. A great tool.
- Mike SLv 78 years ago
Sounds like the virus has infiltrated your Registry and is now part of the operating system....:(....no need to fret over this.....follow these instructions carefully to permanently remove it.....
1. Turn off System Restore....the virus is actually in the restore points and has to be killed...that is why it's recycling on your computer........
2. Reboot the Computer....select Safe Mode.....Safe Mode nutralizes the virus for easier removal...
3. Scan with both Malwarebytes and Super anti-spyware.....If you don't have it ...get it here free...
4. Stay off IE and use another browser if you have one to Download Kaspersky's rootkit remover...it's free also.......
5..And the last step which is very Important.....Right click on the bottom task bar and click on Task Mgr and look at the running processes.......they should all end in .exe.....look for anything out of the ordinary like abg123.exe.....ect......and note anything that looks od and write it down on paper...then go to the internet and google it to find out if it's a legit or possible infected program....If you do find any bad ones in the running processes...just click on them and disable.....don't worry...they will just start up again if it's a necessary program............Should take you about 1 hour to complete all of the above
- 8 years ago
You might want to try another program. All programs are not the same, they don't all remove all the same problem. I used to run three different programs.
Zone Alarm Antivirus and firewall http://www.zonealarm.com/security/en-us/zonealarm-...
Avast free, download it from CNET download.com http://download.cnet.com/Avast-Free-Antivirus/3000...
Adaware Free - http://download.cnet.com/Ad-Aware-Free-Antivirus/3...
Spybot Search and Destroy Free http://download.cnet.com/Spybot-Search-Destroy/300...
After you've downloaded another program, update the software to make sure you have everything, then disconnect from the internet while you run the scans and run it a couple of times. Stay off the internet when you run the scans - if you don't they can still see you and that may be what happened.
And I'd get another browser to use. You can get Google Chrome or Firefox and they'd both be good to use. Stay off using IE. And for now, disconnect from the internet when you are done - either shut off the wireless or just disconnect from the network. You need to be invisible and keep yourself away from their access.
- Anonymous8 years ago
Google redirect virus is among the most annoying, dangerous and toughest infection ever released on web. Google redirect virus redirects google search outcomes or regular site links to a malicious webpage that is related to some sort of advertisement or perhaps a web page which enable hackers to obtain details from you. Apart from google redirect virus, it's also known as Yahoo Redirect Virus or Bing Redirect Virus, according to which search engine is infected. Recently a modification of this infection has popped up as Nginx Redirect Virus and Happili Redirect Virus. In reality, all are exact same but with some changes in viral code. In most situations, google redirect virus rootkit is seen connected with Trojans which makes it a lot more deadly. In line with a 2011 report, Google redirect virus have currently infected 45,000,000 computers worldwide, out of which 1/3rd is from US.
Some symptoms that you are having this virus on your PC:
• Browsers freeze
• Pages not loading at all
• Google/Bing/Yahoo searches redirected to malicious site/s
• Some programs won’t respond
• Internet connection sometimes brakes itself
• Terrible adds popping on visited webpage/s
I can not clarify how effectively to handpick and remove google redirect virus since the approaches that I found on the net are mostly used by experienced technicians who probably work for some of the biggest security software program brands.
From what I've seen, most of the people are pleased with one particular tool, which is specially designed to destroy google redirect virus. I've provided you with a link in my source box.
In case you discover this answer useful, please share it on your social network to help somebody who may be facing precisely the same issue.Source(s): Automated Google Redirect Virus Removal Tool - http://stopgoogleredirect.com
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- 8 years ago
Have you tried Malwarebytes? it is free and very effective. I use it all the time.
Also look at your browsers settings, disable any extensions or add-ons that are unnecessary
My apologies. I must have skipped it somehow. I mean, your question is just two big blocks of words and stuff. It gets kind of confusing after a while.
Again, I am very sorry.
- Anonymous4 years ago
it appears that your computer has been overrun by insectoid like beings of a human nature. They have built rapidly inside your computer, establishing some sort of city-like system. On first glance one would say that it's just the computer's hard drive, cords etc. But it appears that they are a very advanced race that one day may rise-up to challenge us. ok, with that out of the way... i say... the only solution... is to burn it! and let's do a tribal dance while we're at it.
- 8 years ago
I don't know a lot about this type of stuff, but maybe you could try uninstalling Internet Explorer?
It can't open Internet Explorer if it doesn't exist. >.<
AHH. I just got the problem with the redirecting to spam sites... Crud. D:Source(s): Google, me