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PeteMcK 16th November 2008 08:17 PM

browser hijack repair recommendations
Can anyone recommend software (preferably free) to deal with a browser hijack? Any hints on how to proceed appeciated too...

Pete McK

grimberg 16th November 2008 09:33 PM


There are different browsers and several products that hijack them. If you are running Windows and using IE, hijacking is usually done thru hooks provided for add-on modules, like Google, Ebay or Yahoo bars. In the case of a malicious add-on it requires manually editing the registry and removing file(s). If you are not familiar with that, it is better to look up instructions for the specific attack you suffered.

Vix 16th November 2008 09:57 PM

Hope this helps:


PeteMcK 16th November 2008 10:00 PM

Thanks for the response Grimberg,
this attack appears to affect all browsers (IE, Firefox, Opera) and both Google & Yahoo seaches. I removed Google toolbar, have scanned with AVG & Ad-aware. Ad-aware removed 3 things from the registry, but I'm still getting the problem.
I'm OK to edit the registry manually, but don't know what I need to remove...

PeteMcK 16th November 2008 10:03 PM

Thanks Vix, I'll work my way through that article now...

grimberg 16th November 2008 10:04 PM

Could you be more specific about the hijacking? What is the behavior? Does it point to a web site trying to sell you a product?

PeteMcK 16th November 2008 10:16 PM

Grimberg, It doesn't go to one specific site, but (and not always) to sites selling a product unrelated to the search. These sites won't allow the 'back' button to work. When I had the google toolbar running, when a seach was typed in, the hijack would add a different seach of it's own.

grimberg 16th November 2008 10:43 PM

Have you tried HijackThis? If not go to a look for it. It is free.

PeteMcK 16th November 2008 11:16 PM

I've just run Hijack this, having a look at the report now

lineup 17th November 2008 01:38 AM

I use HighJackThis regulary.
I recommend version 1.99.1
This is THE Original freeware version by the author
before he sold his rights to commercial Trend Micro (versions 2.xx)

1. Read this information first:

2. Download HiJackThis 1.99.1 from Majorgeeks

3. Click to UnZip into any folder you wish.
Because hijackthis does not need to be installed.
Can be run from anywhere

4. Create a Shortcut and put at your Desktop

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