Google search results hijacked.

Discussion in 'Computing' started by Rob, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. Rob

    Rob Guest

    When using IE and Google for results it returns URL's which do not
    match the subject.

    Say we type in "Choice magazine" the headers are Choice but not matching

    But if Firefox is used as a browser then the correct results are listed.

    So I know its a IE related and has been hijacked by someone/something etc.

    Where can one find whats causing the problem. The CA virus checker has
    not identified or stopped anything.

    Any suggestions where to look for the file to rectify the problem.


    BTW not my PC
    Rob, Feb 24, 2009
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  2. I get exactly the same finds between Firefox (v3.1beta2) and IE v6.
    John Tserkezis, Feb 24, 2009
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  3. If you search different browsers, you should get similar but not exact
    as it's tailored to the browser and previous results.
    If it's totally different and nothing what you've searched for, it's
    hijacked. If you type in rubbish in the Address Bar and brings a
    search page you've never seen before, it's hijacked.

    That's why so many people use Internet Explorer, it's so easy to hijack.
    No wait, the other way around.

    I'd say someone's been watching some Naughtaaay Videos

    Most scanners will not pick-up spyware, hijackers

    Use spybot, easily the best and it's free
    son of a bitch, Feb 24, 2009
  4. Rob

    Mal Guest

    Have a look at Hijackthis software - free
    Mal, Feb 24, 2009
  5. Rob

    Rod Speed Guest

    He appears to be suggesting that his system may be infected, so what you get is irrelevant.
    Rod Speed, Feb 24, 2009
  6. Rob

    Rob Guest

    I would say not this person.
    Rob, Feb 25, 2009
  7. Rob

    Rob Guest

    Exactly - there are different results using IE and Firefox searching the
    same criteria. IE results have been hijacked.

    Its finding where the problem originates within the computer,
    Rob, Feb 25, 2009
  8. Rob

    me here Guest

    What do you base that statement on?

    Spybot used to be good, but it's slow and pretty ordinary these days.

    Try A-squared free and Malwarebytes Antimalware.

    Hijack this is not much good after the event. It's only useful for
    detecting new additions following the original scan.

    Spyware blaster is also worth having installed to reduce infections.

    All of the above have free versions.

    me here, Feb 25, 2009
  9. I know it's slow, but I know it finds everything
    I have tried some others, and I really didn't like them at all.
    son of a bitch, Feb 25, 2009
  10. Rob

    SG1 Guest

    Then why did Adaware find more after Spybot ran to completion???
    SG1, Feb 25, 2009
  11. Rob

    me here Guest

    I used it for about 10 years until recently. I took it off the other

    It's a good program (albeit a resource hog and very very slow) but
    there are other programs which I think do as good or a better job.

    I recently had two PC's to fix which were infected with particularly
    nasty malware. Ran Spybot and A-squared free, no good, didn't find it.

    Did a Google and found that Malware bytes was the go for the particular
    infection. Ran it and it found and fixed it.

    So while I have great respect for Spybot, there are other free programs
    which are as good or better - in some instances.

    Incidentally the review quoted on the Spybot page is actually 6 years
    old. Since then PCmag have downgraded their assessment considerably,
    but other reviews are still very favourable. Go figure :)

    I do like A-squared free - it found stuff missed by Spybot - give it a


    me here, Feb 25, 2009
  12. Tried A2Free

    It looks prettier and Spybot but...

    Some differences
    You can't change the level of scan in spybot

    Doing a Deep Scan on A2 is way way slower Spybot, using their default
    settings. But both of them you can change, A2 is a lot simpler and
    easier to change.

    Spybot you can't pause it, this is a real bummer

    Both use a shit load of ram > 120Meg

    A2 reckons a Lot of my own personal programs I wrote are trojan
    downloaders, interesting but so very wrong

    A2 wants to delete my Email Spam Trash folder because it reckons it is
    trojan downloader, that maybe so but the mail folder itself is not a

    A2 did pick-up more, but I do have to ask, are they legitimate threats.

    And Malware-Bytes you have to buy, wink. I won't buy something I would
    only use once a month or testing a new program.
    son of a bitch, Feb 26, 2009
  13. Rob

    me here Guest

    There is a free version of Malwarebytes. The upgrade (which isn't
    free) has more features.


    A2free is known to generate some false positives, as you found, but as
    to what's legitimate and whats not, who knows.

    Lava soft Adaware also gives false positives, and can wreak havok if
    not scrutinised. Particularly likes to remove dual boot files :)

    Interesting stuff.


    me here, Feb 26, 2009
  14. Rob

    Rod Speed Guest

    Obviously he knows when it claims that software he wrote himself is a trojan downloader.
    Rod Speed, Feb 26, 2009
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