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February 20, 2013 9:14:46 PM

Hi, up until about half an hour ago, I was happily browsing the internet with Google Chrome, nothing out of the ordinary, then, I tried to load Google.co.uk, and this error popped up. It say's "We have noticed some unusual activity from you recently and stuff like that"

http://s1283.beta.photobucket.com/user/Thomasd221/media...

Above link go's to the screenshot I took of the virus. I am currently running a full scan of Malwarebytes, so i'll let you know if that find's anything.

Any idea's??

Cheers!!
February 20, 2013 10:09:26 PM

Sounds like your on the right path... Check chrome settings for any new/unusual extensions and remove them.
February 21, 2013 4:55:36 AM

thomasd221 said:
Hi, up until about half an hour ago, I was happily browsing the internet with Google Chrome, nothing out of the ordinary, then, I tried to load Google.co.uk, and this error popped up. It say's "We have noticed some unusual activity from you recently and stuff like that"

http://s1283.beta.photobucket.com/user/Thomasd221/media...

Above link go's to the screenshot I took of the virus. I am currently running a full scan of Malwarebytes, so i'll let you know if that find's anything.

Any idea's??

Cheers!!

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a b $ Windows 7
February 21, 2013 6:07:24 AM

check that you did not get redirected to another web page. close your browser and clear the cash and see if you can go from a google.uk google search to that web page. if you cant hirem boot cd has anti virus tools or from another clean pc download a virus rescue cd/boot image and boot from the cd and run a virus scan.
February 21, 2013 1:07:36 PM

smorizio said:
check that you did not get redirected to another web page. close your browser and clear the cash and see if you can go from a google.uk google search to that web page. if you cant hirem boot cd has anti virus tools or from another clean pc download a virus rescue cd/boot image and boot from the cd and run a virus scan.


I have tried clearing cache, I also ran a BitDefender rescue CD, that found nothing, I am currently reinstalling another virus scanner. See how this goes. :) 
March 20, 2013 9:40:54 PM

I am currently having the exact same problem right now! can you please tell me how you fixed the problem? Thanks so much!
March 21, 2013 1:22:09 AM

teriteri16 said:
I am currently having the exact same problem right now! can you please tell me how you fixed the problem? Thanks so much!


I actually had to reinstall windows on a different hard drive. I tried everything! :) 
March 26, 2013 4:49:47 AM

I had the virus myself. Contact an computer expert. The virus i spreading through your internet connection your mail etc. The virus can also take your password. Turn your computer off and dont use it!

Hope it works :) 
Sorry for the bad english i'm from Denmark
March 28, 2013 8:32:15 PM

Hello!
I had the same problem too. I can't access popular sites such as Google, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Hotmail and etc. I get a message saying, "Attention Required", then it says to unlock the site by completing a survey. All online surveys are fake and scams. When I'm on the page that says Attention Required, I right-click on the page and Inspect Element and seen a link to FileIce, and FileIce is website to download files by completing a scam survey that requires personal information which you should not do.

This is NOT a virus. This is classified as a trojan.

A detection of Win32/PossibleHostsFileHijack is an indicator that your HOSTS file may have been modified by malicious or potentially unwanted software. Modifications to the HOSTS file can cause access to certain Internet domains to be redirected or denied. This may prevent the computer from connecting to certain websites.

To recover manually from Win32/PossibleHostsFileHijack, you can manually recreate a clean HOSTS file, or you can restore a version of the HOSTS file from a backup you made before the file was modified without your consent.

Here is how to fix it:
1. Clear all browsers history, cookies, cache and data from the beginning of time
2. Make sure you have no adware, freeware or a suspicious browser extension & add-on that you did not install
3. Run a full-computer security scan using your Anti-Virus or Internet Security software. I recommend AVG, Avira, Avast, Adaware, Malwarebytes, Microsoft Security Essentials and McAfee, clear all viruses
4. Go do a Disk Defragment. To do this go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragment
5. Now I've learned that the Attention Required message is a Windows Host File hijacking. Check your Hosts file in System32 (C:\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\etc\hosts) open with Notepad with UAC (User Access Control) and see if it has a list of popular sites, if so you have the virus problem.

** Use Microsoft's FixIt program at: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/972034 this program will restore your Hosts file to default and remove the Attention Require message.

Next time make sure you:
- Don't download pirated software
- Use trusted websites
- Don't use websites that requires you to do a survey to unlock something
- Check your Hosts file weekly for safety & security reasons

* Please note Step 5 is very important, that is the main solution. Also the Windows host file is an important file in your computer, you should never modify it or edit it as it may defect your computer.

http://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/threat/encyclo...
April 27, 2013 5:59:03 AM

RetroOptics said:
Hello!
I had the same problem too. I can't access popular sites such as Google, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Hotmail and etc. I get a message saying, "Attention Required", then it says to unlock the site by completing a survey. All online surveys are fake and scams. When I'm on the page that says Attention Required, I right-click on the page and Inspect Element and seen a link to FileIce, and FileIce is website to download files by completing a scam survey that requires personal information which you should not do.

This is NOT a virus. This is classified as a trojan.

A detection of Win32/PossibleHostsFileHijack is an indicator that your HOSTS file may have been modified by malicious or potentially unwanted software. Modifications to the HOSTS file can cause access to certain Internet domains to be redirected or denied. This may prevent the computer from connecting to certain websites.

To recover manually from Win32/PossibleHostsFileHijack, you can manually recreate a clean HOSTS file, or you can restore a version of the HOSTS file from a backup you made before the file was modified without your consent.

Here is how to fix it:
1. Clear all browsers history, cookies, cache and data from the beginning of time
2. Make sure you have no adware, freeware or a suspicious browser extension & add-on that you did not install
3. Run a full-computer security scan using your Anti-Virus or Internet Security software. I recommend AVG, Avira, Avast, Adaware, Malwarebytes, Microsoft Security Essentials and McAfee, clear all viruses
4. Go do a Disk Defragment. To do this go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragment
5. Now I've learned that the Attention Required message is a Windows Host File hijacking. Check your Hosts file in System32 (C:\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\etc\hosts) open with Notepad with UAC (User Access Control) and see if it has a list of popular sites, if so you have the virus problem.

** Use Microsoft's FixIt program at: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/972034 this program will restore your Hosts file to default and remove the Attention Require message.

Next time make sure you:
- Don't download pirated software
- Use trusted websites
- Don't use websites that requires you to do a survey to unlock something
- Check your Hosts file weekly for safety & security reasons

* Please note Step 5 is very important, that is the main solution. Also the Windows host file is an important file in your computer, you should never modify it or edit it as it may defect your computer.

http://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/threat/encyclo...


Awesome, worked for me. Thanks so much! :D 
a b $ Windows 7
April 30, 2013 10:05:48 AM

rouge killer will repair the host file for you...
a b 8 Security
a c 395 $ Windows 7
April 30, 2013 11:14:14 AM

rouge killer

I agree great tool.
May 7, 2013 3:12:37 AM

Hi anyone

im currently having the same problem as my son thought he was downlaoding minecraft. I have all of the above problems except i cant access my desktop at all. if i try to go to any site it says: You Shall not pass.

Ive done all of the above fix it tips except 3, 4 and 5 as i cant get to my desktop
May 16, 2013 10:14:10 PM

Tianna Kumeroa follow the steps of RetroOptics said I experience this too after I follow RetroOptics steps I browsing the internet smoothly. Good Luck!!! ;) 
May 16, 2013 10:15:47 PM

Guys follow RetroOptics steps I prove it cause it resolved my problem :hihi:  Thanks you so much RetroOptics :D 
May 16, 2013 10:36:31 PM

RetroOptics said:
Hello!
I had the same problem too. I can't access popular sites such as Google, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Hotmail and etc. I get a message saying, "Attention Required", then it says to unlock the site by completing a survey. All online surveys are fake and scams. When I'm on the page that says Attention Required, I right-click on the page and Inspect Element and seen a link to FileIce, and FileIce is website to download files by completing a scam survey that requires personal information which you should not do.

This is NOT a virus. This is classified as a trojan.

A detection of Win32/PossibleHostsFileHijack is an indicator that your HOSTS file may have been modified by malicious or potentially unwanted software. Modifications to the HOSTS file can cause access to certain Internet domains to be redirected or denied. This may prevent the computer from connecting to certain websites.

To recover manually from Win32/PossibleHostsFileHijack, you can manually recreate a clean HOSTS file, or you can restore a version of the HOSTS file from a backup you made before the file was modified without your consent.

Here is how to fix it:
1. Clear all browsers history, cookies, cache and data from the beginning of time
2. Make sure you have no adware, freeware or a suspicious browser extension & add-on that you did not install
3. Run a full-computer security scan using your Anti-Virus or Internet Security software. I recommend AVG, Avira, Avast, Adaware, Malwarebytes, Microsoft Security Essentials and McAfee, clear all viruses
4. Go do a Disk Defragment. To do this go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragment
5. Now I've learned that the Attention Required message is a Windows Host File hijacking. Check your Hosts file in System32 (C:\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\etc\hosts) open with Notepad with UAC (User Access Control) and see if it has a list of popular sites, if so you have the virus problem.

** Use Microsoft's FixIt program at: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/972034 this program will restore your Hosts file to default and remove the Attention Require message.

Next time make sure you:
- Don't download pirated software
- Use trusted websites
- Don't use websites that requires you to do a survey to unlock something
- Check your Hosts file weekly for safety & security reasons

* Please note Step 5 is very important, that is the main solution. Also the Windows host file is an important file in your computer, you should never modify it or edit it as it may defect your computer.

http://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/threat/encyclo...


AwesomeLewis24 said:
RetroOptics said:
Hello!
I had the same problem too. I can't access popular sites such as Google, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Hotmail and etc. I get a message saying, "Attention Required", then it says to unlock the site by completing a survey. All online surveys are fake and scams. When I'm on the page that says Attention Required, I right-click on the page and Inspect Element and seen a link to FileIce, and FileIce is website to download files by completing a scam survey that requires personal information which you should not do.

This is NOT a virus. This is classified as a trojan.

A detection of Win32/PossibleHostsFileHijack is an indicator that your HOSTS file may have been modified by malicious or potentially unwanted software. Modifications to the HOSTS file can cause access to certain Internet domains to be redirected or denied. This may prevent the computer from connecting to certain websites.

To recover manually from Win32/PossibleHostsFileHijack, you can manually recreate a clean HOSTS file, or you can restore a version of the HOSTS file from a backup you made before the file was modified without your consent.

Here is how to fix it:
1. Clear all browsers history, cookies, cache and data from the beginning of time
2. Make sure you have no adware, freeware or a suspicious browser extension & add-on that you did not install
3. Run a full-computer security scan using your Anti-Virus or Internet Security software. I recommend AVG, Avira, Avast, Adaware, Malwarebytes, Microsoft Security Essentials and McAfee, clear all viruses
4. Go do a Disk Defragment. To do this go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragment
5. Now I've learned that the Attention Required message is a Windows Host File hijacking. Check your Hosts file in System32 (C:\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\etc\hosts) open with Notepad with UAC (User Access Control) and see if it has a list of popular sites, if so you have the virus problem.

** Use Microsoft's FixIt program at: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/972034 this program will restore your Hosts file to default and remove the Attention Require message.

Next time make sure you:
- Don't download pirated software
- Use trusted websites
- Don't use websites that requires you to do a survey to unlock something
- Check your Hosts file weekly for safety & security reasons

* Please note Step 5 is very important, that is the main solution. Also the Windows host file is an important file in your computer, you should never modify it or edit it as it may defect your computer.

http://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/threat/encyclo...


Awesome, worked for me. Thanks so much! :D 


Thank you so much RetroOptics :)  but I did't do step 5 cause I cant find hosts file in (C:\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\etc\ but I study what in the microsoft page said if a popular website redirected or denied when connecting to it means the hosts file is modified or edited.

May 17, 2013 9:48:02 PM

Try to get help form your " Antivirus Support " team.
a b $ Windows 7
May 18, 2013 12:36:05 AM

Does this mean that there is no Google in the UK?
!