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IE hijacked...please help.

By akshay
Jun 30, 2004
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  1. Hello friends,
    I run virus scans regularly, have XP firewall, zone alarm and a hardware based firewall, but since past one week, everytime I try to start IE,
    It tries to go to this website:
    %68%6F%6D%65%70%61%67%65%2E%63%6F%6D%00@%77%77%77%2e%65%2d%66%69%6e%64%65%72%2e%63%63

    and doesn't do anything after that,
    Can I do anything to change this?
    I have tried to change the default homepage a number of times, but to no avail.
    Thanks in advance.
    AKshay
  2. FeTaLDaMagE

    FeTaLDaMagE Newcomer, in training Posts: 53

  3. Godataloss

    Godataloss Newcomer, in training Posts: 501

    and run spybot and adaware for god's sake- all those firewalls arent gonna protect you from spyware
  4. Spike

    Spike Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,371

    I haven't checked for myself yet, maybe I will later, but for the mean time, does anybody know off the top of their heads if that web addy is written in hex?

    Edit: never mind. Already ansewred my own question. Wasn't soing anything else I suppose so why not.

    I wouldn't suggest clicking on the link. I'd rather that it was shown as plain text, but it translates as - "homepage.co[null]@www.e-finder.cc"
  5. akshay

    akshay Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 35

    Thanks for the replies guys.
    I do run spybot and adaware on a weekely basis and that hasn't helped teh matters.
    I'll try the MS solution on their website tonight.
    Thanks again.
    Akshay
  6. DigitAlex

    DigitAlex TechSpot Paladin Posts: 583

    The best advise would be to change your web browser and use something else than IE, like Firefox for example, which I am successfully using for over a year now.
  7. Eric Legge

    Eric Legge Newcomer, in training Posts: 224

    HiJackThis has a new version available - 1.98.0.0

    You can use the Auto Update check, by clicking Config Misc Tools and Click the "Check for Update Online".

    HijackThis 1.98: new build 06/29/04.

    * Added 50 new Registry value to scan for IE!
    * Added status text during scan.
    * Added a ton of new files to the LSP whitelist (missing imon.dll shouldn't show anymore as well).
    * Support for non-US character sets (Japanese, Traditional/Simplified Chinese and Korean)!
    * Fixed a bug where R3 entries ending in '}_' weren't fixed.
    * Backups are now placed in a seperate folder labelled 'backups'.
    * Improved detection of O4 Registry autoruns, RunServicesOnce key is now also checked.
    * Fixed a possible catastrophic bug in fixing of F2 Userinit entries (incorrect backup restore).
    * Added small process manager and hosts file editor (Misc Tools).
    * Disabled routine to fix O10 items, since this can break the Winsock LSP stack

    Direct dl: http://downloads.subratam.org/hijackthis.zip

    Eric,
    http://www.pcbuyerbeware.co.uk/
    http://www.sharedbirthday.co.uk/
  8. akshay

    akshay Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 35

    hey digitAlex,
    Thanks for the tip, and I did download the Firefox at work today, and seems to work perfectly, Is there any way of getting rid of IE from my system?
  9. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    Just don't use it.

    Removing it from the system can cause some really unexpected behavior, such as certain installers and many programs not working.
  10. DigitAlex

    DigitAlex TechSpot Paladin Posts: 583

    I'm glad I just created one more Firefoxer on the planet ;) Keep following us, and I will lead you to the light ....

    hm hm

    nevermind, it's friday and I definitely have to get some rest
  11. BrownPaper

    BrownPaper Newcomer, in training Posts: 467

    I like Firefox, yet you still need IE to run Windows Update. No way around it thanks to Microsoft.
     
  12. akshay

    akshay Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 35

    Firefox Rocks.
    Thanks a bunch guys.
    Have a nice weekend.
  13. SturmteK

    SturmteK Newcomer, in training Posts: 63

    You must have a spyware/trojan.
    Sometimes this happens to me when some website embeds iteslf in the startup weblink.
  14. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    2000 and XP have the "automatic update" installer, so you just might be able to get your updates without IE.
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