VLC + Iminent installs = malware and unwanted ads

By Saturnix
Sep 17, 2012
  1. Hello everybody! I'm new to this forum and I hope someone could help me out.

    My friend have an Asus with Win XP and he's totally dumb with using the computer: I've told him he needed to download VLC to see some files I've sent him. Off course, he didn't got it from the official videolan.org website but from a crappy *****ic site (he told me he thinks that is this one, not sure btw).

    Installing VLC required also to install the Iminent toolbar which was removed from Firefox later on.

    Problem: when surfing the web with Firefox, randomly pages with advertising open up. This was not happening before this install and it was on popup-free website (facebook, google).

    If feel guilty for letting him download VLC but... Isn't it obvious that you have to download it from the official source?! Anyway, now I need a solution to fix this problem. Unfortunately, I'm a big Applefag: I can do almost anything on a Mac, I'm also good at coding but... when it comes to Microsoft OS I just don't know where to put my hands on!

    I've read about malware scan utilities but not sure which one to stick with. His computer is damn slow: opening a single window in a browser could take 3 minutes. So I think I can't go with random attempts, this is why I posted here: hopefully someone had a similar experience and can help.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 54,256   +383

    Welcome aboard [​IMG]

    Please, observe following rules:
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    Is Firefox the only browser being affected?
  3. Saturnix

    Saturnix TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hello, thank you very much for your assistance.

    I have no idea right now but it might take some days before I can tell you (as the PC is not mine). I'll do my best to answer your question asap!
  4. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 54,256   +383

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