Adware/spyware problem

By dresseroh
Sep 7, 2008
  1. I have what I'm sure is a common problem. My google links are redirected to other locations, my McAfee isn't able to turn certain features of itself back on, and my computer is slow.

    I have read through some early posts like the Julio post and the list of steps to clean my computer. However, my browser continues to redirect the links, so I have problems trying to load HJT and other things that are linked into the previous discussion posts. As such, I can't really follow the listed steps to clean my computer. Can anyone talk me off the ledge/help?

    Thanks very much.

  2. SpiritWind

    SpiritWind TS Rookie Posts: 164

    Hi Dave :

    Best to start with SPECIFIC info as to the security you already have on your computer ; also would be helpful to know the SPECIFIC Name of your Operating System and the SPECIFIC Name(s) of the "Browser(s)" you use to surf the Net ?

    IF at all possible, should try and Install the FREE Malwarebytes' Anti_Malware
    from and "Update" it and run its "Full Scan" .

    Do you have any "P2P" program(s), like Bit Comet, Bit Torrent, etc ?

    P.S. "McAfee" is too general; need SPECIFIC Name AND Version Number, etc .
  3. dresseroh

    dresseroh TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for your reply.

    OS: Windows XP 2002 Service Pack 2
    Browser: Windows IE 7.0.5730.13
    McAfee: Security Center, Build 8.1.173

    I don't have any P2P programs.
    The link to the Malwarebyte location won't work for me on this computer; I'll try to save it to disk on another computer and install on problem computer.

    Thanks again,
  4. tw0rld

    tw0rld TS Maniac Posts: 572   +6

  5. dresseroh

    dresseroh TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks, tw0rld

    As I mentioned in a previous post, I have a hard time following those steps because the computer won't go to any of the links. Can I download the software items on another computer, save them to a disk and then run them on the problem computer?

  6. SpiritWind

    SpiritWind TS Rookie Posts: 164

    Security programs

    Hi :

    I do not recommend McAfee products AND as far as I know, their "Security Center"
    ( the version you have is outdated; from WHERE did you get it ? ) does NOT offer
    protection for a computer . Since you are willing to download ( "burn" !? )
    programs to a disk and then run them on the "problem" computer, I recommend
    the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware I previously recommended PLUS the FREE Ver of
    "SUPERAntiSpyware" from AND since you appear
    NOT to have an antiVIRUS program on your computer, the FREE Avast Antivirus
    Home Edition from .

    I take it from your 1st Post that you actually have the latest version of HJT !?
  7. dresseroh

    dresseroh TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok, I think I was able to install and run each of the recommended programs from the earlier list. Please see the attached logs from the 3 programs.

    Thanks for any additional help,

  8. tw0rld

    tw0rld TS Maniac Posts: 572   +6

    You need to uninstall one of your Anti-virus Program(Mcafee or Avira).
    Run HJT again and remove the following:

    Also you have too many programs running at windows startup;
    open msconfig(win+r, then type msconfig, then choose selective startup)

    This should lower your startup time alot.

    If your are using IE do the following;

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