Hi, I stupidly clicked on a Facebook link and my laptop is infected with some kind of malware that won't let me search using Google or Yahoo. It just gets redirected to silly entertainment and advertizing pages. I ran a quick scan (got 1 infection), then a full scan (got 2) on Malwarebytz, but the problem didn't go away. So I did another full scan, this time in safe mode. No infections were found during the safe mode scan, but the hijacking won't go away. I am not very tech-savvy. Can anyone help me? Thanks! -Joaniealbubb
Go to http://www.trendmicro.com and download HijackThis. Click to run a scan and save a log then copy and paste that log back here so we can see what's going on. Don't tick to delete anything yet, unless it obviously relates to the site you're redirected to.
For me, the Jury is still out on Hitman, SR-71. I have a rather badly infected Acer here and the best way to test a second opinion is to put it in to bat first so in went the 64 bit free trial version. It offered up a couple of Temp files to the Scan Cloud but took no more action. I then ran MBAM in Safe Mode and it found a Rootkit which Avast then jumped up and claimed to have found first and removed. Not the best result for a first time test.
I've had some decent luck with it , but i agree it has it's flaws.
Since I posted that, I put something right under its nose but it wanted paying to remove it. I'm afraid I distrust utilities that do that. I think I'll stick with MBAM until it gets sold and goes downhill, which seems to be the way of all things these days.
On that subject - is oracle going to plug the holes in Java sometime soon?
ktownmike - I'll give that a shot later - it looks useful. I certainly trust Microsoft Security Essentials working with Defender when installed so maybe the offline scanner will be effective.