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running Win XP Pro, using MSN Essentials, Ad-aware, and Malwarebytes-antimalware as virus dection... None of these picked this up....
From what I gather, this is a pretty "nasty" virus, and will porbably require a "manual" removal... I do have a pretty good set of computer skills, so any help would be greatly appreciated...
Any attempts to change browser to a different browser through normal means does not work... I've even attempted to do a "system restore" to a point byond where I beleive I picked this up, picking dateas as far back as three months, and all these attempts
Sure wish I could say that solved it, but it didn't... Went through both the suggested steps to no avail... Even looked at what appeared to be a closely related problem on "BleepingComputer.com the following URL:
And went through most the troubleshooting examples sited there, to no avail...
I'm quite certain that this is ONLY a Browser/Homepage Hi-jack, as my only issue is when I invoke I.E. 8 (My Browser) it takes me to a "Blekko" search window, as opposed to MSN which is what I had my Homepage set for.. As I've stated, attempting to change
this through normal means i.e. "internet options > delete the "blekko" homepage info > hit "select default" (which does contain the MSN homepage info),> Apply, > Ok > then exit "internet options", then re-invoke I.E.8, it takes you right back to the "Blekko"
Search page.... I( can work around this by simply deleting the "Blekko" URL, and tyrping in The URL for MSN, then I can continue my activities as befor, it is just "Frusterating as He--" to have to re-type the desired URL every time you want to exit to your
Uninstall WHAT??? There is no program in the "add remove programs" that has any reference to "Blekko", or any "toolbar" that refers to "Blekko", nor is there any installed program that I do not recognize. While there, I did go ahead and uninstall three
(3) of the anti-malware/anti-virus programs that I had picked up through my troubleshooting efforts, as they were of no help..
This is something that has gotten "embedded into the registry", and doing a "regedit" then looking for any kind of reference to "blekko" or some derivitave yields a "No results found"... I've even investigated the "Hosts" file in C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC
hopes there was a recent change there... There wasn't... So, I'm still at "square one"...
That is exactly what I was looking for!!! Thanks so much!!! Problem solved!! Running the "Command Line" version of Autoruns, and adding the -h qualifier immediatley pulled out Two (2) registry entries, that otherwise would not be identifiable with this
"hijack" virus.. Deleting those entries eliminated the problem... Again, "Kudos, and thanks".