Go Back   Home > Forums > >
Home Forums Rules Articles diyAudio Store Blogs Gallery Wiki Register Donations FAQ Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

The Lounge A place to talk about almost anything but politics and religion.

They HiJack your Browser!
They HiJack your Browser!
Please consider donating to help us continue to serve you.

Ads on/off / Custom Title / More PMs / More album space / Advanced printing & mass image saving
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 24th January 2007, 08:09 PM   #1
lineup is offline lineup  Sweden
diyAudio Member
lineup's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: the north
Exclamation They HiJack your Browser!


I had a severe attack of an intruder in my PC.
I had to try to find and remove a lot of suspicius stuff/files
in my Windows XP.
I had to go into FailSafe Mode at system start
and start scanning.

I also did a System Restore to a couple of days back.
I finally made my computer clean and working again!
Otherwise you wouldn't have seen me here for some weeks maybe.

I think HijackThis did the job
- there were 2 small programs, that was set to start
first thing when I logged into Windows XP - at system start.
I removed them both.


I have some good programs and tools for track & remove bad programs.
Even if I have not invested in any Payware, like Norton Antivirus.

Here is my list of good freeware,
in case you want fight, before it is too late:

1. My favourite: HijackThis:
A general homepage hijackers detector and remover.
It only scans registry. Takes only some seconds.
Will detect anything that try to use your browser
and will also list all Auto-Start programs. So called Services.
Mark, read info & eventually fix.

2. Spybot - Search & Destroy.
Spybot - Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications.
Will scan your computer for bad programs and entries.
Take not too long.
You then select what you want to do with those files.
Mark and fix!

3. AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition.
Maybe the best free virus program around.
Free updates of those virus detecting lists.
I installed AVG again, after this incident.
I have used it before and it has always worked good.
Also a nice easy interface.

4. ZoneAlarm - free firewall
A good alternative to Windows firewall.
I like the good interface with settings etc.
Latest free version is 6.5

5. The Proxomitron - Universal Web Filter
A nice freeware proxy for filter what will display in your browser.
Block popups and for example Banners that are bigger than a certain size.
Bann sites using wildcards characters and filter other special contents.
For example a special filter for geocities.com websites ads.
There are so many settings you can select and deselect.
There are also several pre-configured levels of filtering.

lineup survived the attack - this time
  Reply With Quote
Old 24th January 2007, 09:03 PM   #2
kelticwizard is offline kelticwizard  United States
Wizard of Kelts
diyAudio Moderator Emeritus
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Connecticut, The Nutmeg State
They HiJack your Browser!
I would just like to point out that for PC owners only, there is a forum that will let you post the results of Hijack This! and a nice expert over there will tell you which files should be deleted. So you don't have to be an expert to use Hijack This-the experts are there, happy to help you much as people on this site are happy to help people who are not that technically skilled.


There are other forums that will do this as well.
"A friend will help you move. A really good friend will help you move a body."
  Reply With Quote
Old 20th February 2007, 10:12 AM   #3
awpagan is offline awpagan  Australia
diyAudio Member
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: sydney
The standard mandate for win XP users to start by is..

Never ever ever logon to your pc with ADSL, Broadband, or other fast internet connection with an account that has Administration privilages

Use basic user account and if needed use the "run as" for administration

Standard installation windows user account has "admin" rights??????
NOT a good idea Bill.

Any program, spyware, hijack etc that is acquired while logged on to the net gets run with the priviages of the user that was logged on at the time.

ps I prefer Linux
used Redhat, mandrake, suse and others.
Kubuntu now and it is very good.
Indecision makes the world gone round.
  Reply With Quote


They HiJack your Browser!Hide this!Advertise here!
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
browser hijack repair recommendations PeteMcK Everything Else 14 9th January 2009 02:05 PM
Free Opera browser registrations AudioFreak Everything Else 0 31st August 2005 03:38 PM
Free Opera browser registrations AudioFreak The Lounge 0 31st August 2005 03:37 PM
Opera Browser Experts? Bill Fitzpatrick Everything Else 9 18th April 2005 03:23 AM

New To Site? Need Help?

All times are GMT. The time now is 07:50 AM.

Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Resources saved on this page: MySQL 16.67%
vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright ©1999-2017 diyAudio