Internet Explorer Opens by itself repeatedly
Posted 27 September 2007 - 09:35 AM
Posted 27 September 2007 - 09:59 AM
To provide SPECIFIC Recommendations, you need to tell us the SPECIFIC Name of your Operating
System, such as Win 2000, Win XP, Win XP SP1, Win XP SP2, or one of the Vista's !?
In todays complex malware world, viruses are rare and other types of malware frequent, so
antiSPYWARE/antiTROJAN programs are the most effective. However, Ad-Aware & Spybot are no
longer the top FREE programs; you would be better off using the FREE version of
"SUPERAntiSpyware" from http://www.superantispyware.com AND/OR if your computer is compatible,
with the "Trial" ver of "AVG AntiSpyware", most easily downloaded from http://www.ewido.net .
However, I suspect you have a "Rogue" and IF your computer meets the minimum System
Requirements of the Good & FREE "RogueRemover" from
http://www.malwareby...ogueremover.php , use it .
Knowing the SPECIFIC Names of those 3 websites MAY be helpful to us help you !?
Posted 27 September 2007 - 06:53 PM
Since your Operating System is Win XP SP2, I recommend you use ALL 3 Programs I mentioned in
my 1st Post . Let us know how you make out using the 3; IF the "problem" is NOT resolved, I will
make further recommendations .
EDIT : Would also be a good idea to use the Good & FREE "ATF Cleaner", developed by
antiSPYWARE Expert "ATribune" & available at his website @ http://www.atribune....tent/view/19/2/ .
Check the "Select All" button; however, IF you do NOT want ALL your "Cookies" deleted, uncheck
the "Cookies" Menu item .
Posted 28 September 2007 - 09:19 AM
You likely have had something make changes to your registry, you may also find these in msconfig, where just "unchecking" the program will not enable it to start when you start your pc. It shouldn't be hard to fix (most aren't), all you have to do is try.
Posted 28 September 2007 - 11:21 AM
I will try all 3 and let you know what happens. I have attached below the info on the website that appears to be hijacking my IE.
These are the web addresses used when IE opens by itself.
These desktop shortcuts appeared on my desktop and when I delete them they reappear.
I also have a red circle with a white X that flashes and appears along with the icons on the start bar at the lower right of the screen.
I also get a security alert box that opens on its own and reads as follows: Security Warning!
Trojan.W32.Looksky detected on your machine. This virus is distributed via the Internet through e-mail and Active-X objects. The worm has its own SMTP engine which means it gathers e-mails from your local computer and re-distributes itself. In worst cases this wrok can allow attackers to access your computer stealing passwords and personal data.
This process should be removed from your system.
System Affected: Windows 2000, NT, ME, XP, Vista
Security Risk (0-5): 5
Recommendations: Click Yes to remove it from your PC immediately.
If I click the yes it opens IE to the pcsecuresystem address identified above.
I also periodically get a windows alert indicating someone is trying to attack my PC
Posted 28 September 2007 - 11:57 PM
I did a Google "Search" on "virusprotectionproonline" and found a Thread on the Castlecops Security
Forums at http://www.castlecop...p990107-Malwarefromhttpvirusprotectionproonlinecom.html .
The 1st Post in that thread gives detailed Instructions on using a program called "SDFix"; however,
this is a specialty "tool" best used under the guidance of an experienced, trained, certified, Volunteer
Malware-fighting Expert . Unless TeMerc shows up here, it would probably be best if you sought Help
on a Support Forum such as Castlecops. which has many of those types of Experts .
Best NOT to click on ANY of those phony baloney "Security Warnings" .
Posted 29 September 2007 - 11:22 PM
Please download HijackThis! SetUp from here:
Save the file to your desktop.
Double-click the HijackThis! SetUp icon to begin the installation. Follow the prompts for the default install location of:'C:Program FilesHijackThis'. Tick the 'Create a desktop' button when the option appears. Select next, then allow HijackThis! to start.
Then press the [Scan] button. You will notice the [Scan] button will turn into a [Save Log] button. Click the [Save Log] button and notepad will open up with the contents of the scan. Right-click in the saved log, and select 'copy'. Then proceed to your original thread, unless otherwise instructed and click the '[Reply]' button and paste the saved contents to be reviewed. Do not make any modifications to the log or perform any 'fixes' until told to do so.