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Unwanted browser pop-ups on trusted sites that don't use pop-ups

Q: Unwanted browser pop-ups on trusted sites that don't use pop-ups

The problem:
Unwanted pop-ups that re-direct me to random selling sites from trusted sites that previously never allowed pop-ups.
This happens predominantly with Firefox as that is my main browser (with AdBlock Plus) usually after loading a regular site I use and clicking the first link.
I also use two other browsers Chrome (with AdBlock Plus) and less ocassionally Opera (with no add-ons).
Internet Explorer has remained largely unused though it is now also rendered unusable by some download pop-up that locks into a cyclical event until I kill it via task manager.
My System:
I run an Acer Aspire with Windows 7 64-bit OS set to auto-update with the following protection:
Windows Firewall
Microsoft Security Essentials
MalwareBytes Anti-Malware
Spybot Search & Destroy
Steps Taken so far:
I regularly run the above programs which recently identified and removed several High/Severe risks (such as Win32/InstallMonster and Win32/Holleycann.A) as well as the plethora of less severe trackers and PUPs that seem to populate Spybot and CCleaner scans daily.
Following the advice found on this site, I've also run a complete system backup after uninstalling unused programs and clearing caches/temp folders etc.
Even after running these scans and them showing "clear", this annoying and persistent pop-up/redirection occurs without fail after first start of the computer, loading Firefox, a trusted site and clicking the first link (unread forum posts). Despite Firefox initially claiming it blocked a pop-up, the page still gets redirected to some random shopping/selling site and I have to click "back" to get back to my original destination. This can, though not always, also occur with the other sites and browsers I use later that session.
Thanks for reading this and any anticipated help offered.

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IE isn't alone on Critical Browser Vulnerabilities, access only trusted sites


Only Mozilla 1.7 and Mozilla Firefox 0.9.1 have this patched (although most likely XP SP2's version of IE also isn't suseptible). It impacts LINUX and MAC browsers as well.

Multiple Browsers Frame Injection Vulnerability

Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer 5.x for Mac
Konqueror 3.x
Mozilla 0.x
Mozilla 1.0
Mozilla 1.1
Mozilla 1.2
Mozilla 1.3
Mozilla 1.4
Mozilla 1.5
Mozilla 1.6
Mozilla Firefox 0.x
Netscape 6.x
Netscape 7.x
Opera 5.x
Opera 6.x
Opera 7.x
Safari 1.x
The vulnerability has been specifically confirmed in the following browsers:

* Opera 7.51 for Windows
* Opera 7.50 for Linux
* Mozilla 1.6 for Windows
* Mozilla 1.6 for Linux
* Mozilla Firebird 0.7 for Linux
* Mozilla Firefox 0.8 for Windows
* Netscape 7.1 for Windows
* Internet Explorer for Mac 5.2.3
* Safari 1.2.2
* Konqueror 3.1-15redhat
The following browsers are not affected:

* Mozilla Firefox 0.9 for Windows
* Mozilla Firefox 0.9.1 for Windows
* Mozilla 1.7 for Windows
* Mozilla 1.7 for LinuxClick to expand...

A:IE isn't alone on Critical Browser Vulnerabilities, access only trusted sites

Thanks for keeping us imformed...this is really a BAD problem.....it really makes a person think...your not safe on secure sites at all........

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I attach a copy of the Hijackthis log.

A:Browser Redirects To Unwanted Sites

Welcome to the BleepingComputer HijackThis Logs and Analysis forum ba551 My name is Richie and i'll be helping you to fix your problems.Download and run Fixwareout from the link below: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/files/lonny/Fixwareout.exeAfter the reboot post the contents of the logfile C:\fixwareout\report.txt in your next reply.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Please download Combofix and save to your desktop:Note: It is important that it is saved directly to your desktop Close any open browsers. Double click on combofix.exe and follow the prompts. When it's finished it will produce a log. Post the entire contents of C:\ComboFix.txt into your next reply. Note: Do not mouseclick combofix's window while it's running. That may cause the program to freeze/hang. Also post a new Hijackthis log.Post all your replies directly into this topic,not as attachments,thanks.

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Dear Sir,

My problem is that my default browser (IE, Firefox) is opening unexpectedly many pages showing malicious sites or announcements onWindows startup as during my work on PC.
First I thought that it's a browser problem or windows (msconfig.exe), but when switching my default browser from Firefox to IE the problem is also switched to the new browser.

I installed an antispyware, (SUPERAntiSpyware) scanned my laptop, finding and quarantining all the threats found (and I'm attaching the SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log.doc file), restarting my PC, but the IE still opening unwanted pages.

Should I delete these threat (not only quarantine them) or take any other action or solution?

Appreciating your help & thanking you previously



A:Browser opens unwanted sites

Hi and Welcome!!

My name is Jeff. I would be more than happy to take a look at your malware results logs and help you with solving any malware problems you might have. Logs can take a while to research, so please be patient and know that I am working hard to get you a clean and functional system back in your hands. I'd be grateful if you would note the following:
The fixes are specific to your problem and should only be used for the issues on this machine.
It's often worth reading through these instructions and printing them for ease of reference.
If you don't know or understand something, please don't hesitate to say or ask!! It's better to be sure and safe than sorry.
Please reply to this thread. Do not start a new topic.
If you happen to have a flash drive/thumb drive please have that ready in the event that we need to use it.
Please be sure to subscribe to the topic if you have not already done so.
IMPORTANT NOTE : Please do not delete, download or install anything unless instructed to do so.
DO NOT use any TOOLS such as Combofix or HijackThis fixes without supervision. Doing so could make your system inoperable and could require a full reinstall of your operating system and losing all your programs and data.

Having said that.... Let's get going!!

Please download DDS from either of these links


and save it to your desktop.Disable any antivirus programs during the scan (If you have difficulty properly disabling your... Read more

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Hello Everyone,
I am having an issue with my web browsers. I will be surfing the web and click on a link and my web browser is sending me to another site not listed on the original link. I have a feeling its adware or spyware that was installed on my machine without my knowledge. I've run Mcafee Antivirus and removed several viruses and adware but i am sure its still lingering around somewhere. Can anyone offer any other advice? Thank you and I appreciate your help.

A:Web Browser's Redirecting To Unwanted Sites

Welcome wndrbrd1Lets try a few scanning/cleaning tools to see if we can resolve your problem.Download and scan with Spybot S&D 1.4. Setup & Configure as shown here.[DO NOT choose the option to install TeaTimer]Note: If you encounter any error messages while downloading the updates, manually download them from here.Please download ATF Cleaner by Atribune.This program is for XP and Windows 2000 onlyDouble-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.Under Main "Select Files to Delete" choose: Select All.Click the Empty Selected button.If you use Firefox browserClick Firefox at the top and choose: Select AllClick the Empty Selected button.NOTE: If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.If you use Opera browserClick Opera at the top and choose: Select AllClick the Empty Selected button.NOTE: If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.If your running Win XP/2000, download and scan with Ewido Anti-Malware v3.5Ewido Install and Scan InstructionsIf your still having problems after this, then perform these online Virus scans:[Watch the Address bar in IE. You may receive alerts that "This site might require the following ActiveX control...Click here to install...". Click on that alert and then Click Install ActiveX component.]Trend Micro Housecall ScanPanda ActiveScan [ActiveScan Panda does not remove adware/spyware but will autoclean for viruses ... Read more

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Hello,My Firefox browser became weird yesterday: sometimes, it opens new tabs with random sites without any action; or it directs me to a random page instead of the one I choose from a google search list. The latter tends to happen when I want to visit online virus removal pages. When I stopped Firefox, IE worked well for a couple of hours, but then it produced the same symptoms.I tried AVG, Housecall online scan and Malwerbytes Antimalware, but none of them found anything.I hope that someone knows how to get rid of the intruder. Your help is highly appreciated!I run DDR, the log is pasted below. I failed to use GMER in safe mode. After I had started the program, it was running for ~15 seconds, then a window appeared stating the standard Windows error message: something like "gmer.exe encountered an error, and stopped.... "I also failed to post this request from the infected computer. It said "no internet connection" however I was able to visit other sites,---------------------DDS (Ver_10-03-17.01) - NTFSx86 NETWORK Run by Rendszergazda at 22:19:00,68 on Cs 2010/06/10Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_18Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1250.36.1038.18.1014.647 [GMT -7:00]AV: AVG Anti-Virus Free *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {17DDD097-36FF-435F-9E1B-52D74245D6BF}FW: ZoneAlarm Firewall *enabled* {829BDA32-94B3-44F4-8446-F8FCFF809F8B}============== Running Processes ===============C:\WINDOWS\sys... Read more

A:unwanted sites pop up randomly in web browser

Please disregard this request, I am going to reinstall the OS!

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I'm having a redirecting problem with both of my browsers. I'm running XP. I have Symantec Antivirus, Super Antispyware and Spybot running scans. Nothing shows up. Here is my hijackthis log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 3:21:53 PM, on 3/10/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16791)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\DefWatch.exe
C:\Program Files\CDBurnerXP\NMSAccessU.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\Rtvscan.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\AWS\WeatherBug\Weather.exe
C:\... Read more

A:browser (both IE & Firefox) redirecting to various unwanted sites

your HJT log shows that your computer is infected. Post an HJT log into malware-removal forum.

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I was downloading some files today online and I think I've been infected with malware. I ran my Norton Antivirus scan and it detected "Packed.Generic.238".

My Browser keeps on getting re-directed to strange and unwanted sites. I've added the DDS log and attached the Attached.txt file. I need help, especially because this is my work PC!

DDS (Ver_09-06-26.01) - NTFSx86
Run by nicolas.dinh at 9:08:57.93 on 15/07/2009
Internet Explorer: 6.0.2900.2180
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.2.1252.2.1033.18.2039.762 [GMT -4:00]

AV: Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {FB06448E-52B8-493A-90F3-E43226D3305C}

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Research In Motion\BlackBerry Password Based Code Signing Authority\RngMixer.exe
C:\Program Files\Cisco Systems\VPN Client\cvpnd.exe
C:\Program Files\LogMeIn\x86\RaMaint.exe
C:\Program Files\LogMeIn\x86\LogMeIn.exe
C:\Program Files\LogMeIn\x86\LMIGuardian.exe
C:\Program Files�... Read more

A:Packed.Generic.238 - Browser gets directed to unwanted sites

This is the Hijackthis.log file:Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 9:18:39 AM, on 15/07/2009Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Research In Motion\BlackBerry Password Based Code Signing Authority\RngMixer.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\cisvc.exeC:\Program Files\Cisco Systems\VPN Client\cvpnd.exeC:\Program Files\LogMeIn\x86\RaMaint.exeC:\Program Files\LogMeIn\x86\LogMeIn.exeC:\Program Files\LogMeIn\x86\LMIGuardian.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\NeatReceipts\DB Controller\NeatReceiptsDBController.exeC:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\SavRoam.exeC:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMAgent.exec:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Shared\sqlwriter.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\VMware\VM... Read more

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About 50% of the time, when I click a link associated with a web search, I get re-directed to a page other than the one that I am attempting to get to. If I use the back button on the browser once or twice, usually the third click will retrieve the actual page I am attempting to access. I have run a half dozen or so malware detection/removal programs, and the problem continues to persist. If somone could evaluate my HJT log file I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 2:25:37 PM, on 3/14/2010Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6001.18000)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exeC:\Windows\Explorer.EXEC:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exeC:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPStart.exeC:\Windows\System32\hkcmd.exeC:\Windows\System32\igfxpers.exeC:\Windows\PLFSetL.exeC:\Windows\PLFSetI.exeC:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDVD\PDVDServ.exeC:\Program Files\ScanSoft\OmniPageSE4\OpWareSE4.exeC:\Windows\system32\igfxsrvc.exeC:\Windows\RtHDVCpl.exeC:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exeC:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exeC:\Program Files\Launch Manager\LManager.exeC:\Program Files\Canon\MyPrinter\BJMYPRT.EXE... Read more

A:Web browser keeps redirecting me to unwanted/unchosen links and sites

Hello and welcome to Bleeping Computer! We apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Fo... Read more

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Hi, my computer was recently infected by several viruses and spyware-even though I had Norton Internet Security 2009 installed at the time. After the infections I noticed something very wrong. Every time I go to a website with a wrong URL, instead of getting the regular IE/firefox screen that says "Cannot display webpage" I get a "Searchathand" page saying "the.....domain is invalid". I googled searchathand removal, and noticed that quite a number of people have had this issue. I followed brief instructions on this one site, on how to remove this infection. It basically said to select "Obtain DNS server address automatically" under Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) in Local Area Connection properties. Unfortunately that did not remove the hijack. I googled this more and saw that the way to fix this is to first download "HijackThis", have it scan your computer, and post the logfile in a tech support, etc. forum such this one, and have an experienced user determine which items in the scan results need to be removed, in order to get rid of this pesky "searchathand" hijack. I have already downloaded "HijackThis", and have had it scan my computer. I would highly appreciate it, if someone could kindly take a look at my logfile, and possibly let me know, which of the items in my logfile need to be removed. Besides the "searchathand" issue, I'm also having another issue. Most of the time when I'm surfi... Read more

A:Searchathand web browser hijack; Also I keep etting redirected to unwanted to sites

I restarted the operating system on my PC using Dell image restore. My PC has been ridden of viruses and spyware. But my network is still acting funny. When surfing the web, I keep getiing redirected to strange sites. And on most sites I visit there's always this strange ad about some male enhancement product. I think it's called Vimax. Anyways I also keep getting redirected to that one site, I talked about in my previous post. It looks the same (like there's two variations of it-one looks like the picture provided), but the URL is never the same. Bottomline my network has been hijacked. I'm going to redownload HijackThis, and run another scan. Then I'm going to post the log file here. Please someone take a look at it, and please let me know how to get rid of this hijack issue.

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My Computer:
Home built, Windows 64 bit Home Premium, Internet Explorer 10, Outlook 2010.  Norton Internet Security as provided by Comcast.  Solid State drive for OS and few other applications.  Platter drive for other apps and data.  Backup drive present.
Problem Detail:
Open up Internet Explorer 10.  Default page is Google.
Enter search term in Google (i.e., Safeway, Apple, Panasonic, etc.).  Hit Enter.
Click on desired link in search results.
URL displayed changes to an add site and brings that site up.
Note:  Sometimes the URL will change once to an ad site, and then quickly change to another, and then yet another, and yet once again.  This is a total of four URL changes from the one clicked on. 
Note:  Repeating this test using the same search term and clicking on the same search result link invariably results in a different ad URL appearing. 
Note:  Repeating step 3 several times does result in 4.1 and 4.2.  However, continued execution of step 3 will eventually result in the proper URL appearing. 

There are no error messages. The same results happen with Google Chrome.  I installed it to test and it appears as afflicted as Google. 
The computer would not release and send from the Outbox a message I replied to.  I cut and pasted my text into the original message to try and reply once again.  I sent the message and it did leave.  The i... Read more

A:Clicking Links From Browser Search = Redirection to Unwanted Sites

Welcome aboard   Download Security Check from here or here and save it to your Desktop. Double-click SecurityCheck.exe Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box. A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.NOTE 1. If one of your security applications (e.g., third-party firewall) requests permission to allow DIG.EXE access the Internet, allow it to do so.NOTE 2 SecurityCheck may produce some false warning(s), so leave the results reading to me. Please download Farbar Service Scanner (FSS) and run it on the computer with the issue.Make sure the following options are checked:
Internet ServicesWindows FirewallSystem RestoreSecurity Center/Action CenterWindows UpdateWindows DefenderOther ServicesPress "Scan".It will create a log (FSS.txt) in the same directory the tool is run.Please copy and paste the log to your reply. Please download MiniToolBox and run it.Checkmark following boxes:Report IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Devices (do NOT change any settings here)List Users, Partitions and Memory sizeClick Go and post the result. Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (aka MBAM): http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free to your desktop.* Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.* At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to Up... Read more

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Internet Explorer in directing me to unwanted sites. I have run ComboFix on my computer but need some help desiding what needs to be done. Can anyone help? Below in the posted log ComboFix came up with.

ComboFix 10-06-10.06 - Owner 06/11/2010 21:35:10.1.1 - x86
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.1023.635 [GMT -4:00]
Running from: c:\documents and settings\Owner\Desktop\ComboFix.exe
AV: McAfee VirusScan *On-access scanning disabled* (Updated) {84B5EE75-6421-4CDE-A33A-DD43BA9FAD83}
FW: McAfee Personal Firewall *disabled* {94894B63-8C7F-4050-BDA4-813CA00DA3E8}
* Resident AV is active


((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Other Deletions )))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

Infected copy of c:\windows\system32\drivers\rdpcdd.sys was found and disinfected
Restored copy from - Kitty had a snack :p
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2010-06-01 01:52 . 2010-06-01 02:31 -------- d-----w- C:\e40131d5a91360817f77dd7355
2010-05-31 23:48 . 2010-05-31 23:48 -------- d-----w- c:\documents and settings\Curtis Hunnicutt\Local Settings\Application Data\Apple
2010-05-31 21:39 . 2010-05-31 21:39 61440 ----a-w- c:\documents and settings\Curtis Hunnicutt\Application Data\Sun\Java\Deployment\SystemCache\6.0\50\5535ab32-43769bd2-n\decora-sse.dll
2010-05-31 21:39 . 2010-05-31 21:39 12800 ----a-w- c:\documents and settings\Curtis Hunnicutt\App... Read more

A:Internet Explore search browser in redirecting me to unwanted sites?

You need to post in the Security Forum. Follow the instructions in the thread below.

Virus/Trojan/Spyware Removal Help

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Recently when I use Google, Yahoo, Excite my browser jumps to unwanted sites when I click on the top three links search engines finds. I tried Mcafee's scan in DOS - found nothing. I followed Weezie12's suggestion and ran SDFIX.exe which deleted 12 files but problem is still there. Anyone help?

A:Solved: Browser Jump To Unwanted Sites - Search Engines

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Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 11:53:06 AM, on 10/25/2011
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.17055)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\Motorola\MotoHelper\MotoHelperService.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Search Enhancement Pack\SeaPort\SeaPort.exe
C:\Program Files\IObit\Game Booster\gbtray.exe
C:\Program Files\Motorola\MotoHelper\MotoHelperAgent.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell Support Center\bin\sprtsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Spyware Terminator\st_rsser.exe
C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\SoftwareUpdate\YahooAUService.exe
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A:Browser hijacker,Hijack this scan results im constantly redirected to unwanted sites

Hello and welcome. Please follow these guidelines while we work on your PC:Malware removal is a sometimes lengthy and tedious process. Please stick with the thread until I?ve given you the ?All clear.? Absence of symptoms does not mean your machine is clean! Please do not run any scans or install/uninstall any applications without being directed to do so.Any underlined text in my posts indicates a clickable link.If you have any questions at all, please stop and ask before proceeding. Please download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links and save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.comDDS.pifDisable any script blocking protection (How to Disable your Security Programs)Double click DDS icon to run the tool (may take up to 3 minutes to run)When done, DDS.txt will open.After a few moments, attach.txt will open in a second window.Save both reports to your desktop.---------------------------------------------------Post the contents of the DDS.txt report in your next replyAttach the Attach.txt report to your post by scroling down to the Attachments area and then clicking Browse. Browse to where you saved the file, and click Open and then click UPLOAD. Download GMER Rootkit Scanner from here to your desktop. Double click the exe file. If asked to allow gmer.sys driver to load, please consent . If it gives you a warning about rootkit activity and asks if you want to run scan...click on NO.

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I have the newest Internet Explorer and im using Vista. I play a game called Travian and I want to use a 'graffic pack' which loads from my PC.

I had to add the site to my 'trusted sites' for it to work, and it does now.

The only thing is that when I open the site it opens a new IE and loads it in there. As it is the only site in my trusted sites I cant load any other sites with that IE, so I need to go to a different one if that makes sence.

How can I make it so that my trusted sites open with my non-tusted sites (using tabs)?

A:Solved: How can I make trusted sites and normal sites open together?

Set your tab preferences in IE, otherwise, try Firefox and set those tab preferences.

I have my Firefox preferences for Tabs set to never open in a new window, and always open at least one tab:
New pages should be opened in: a new tab rather than a new window
Always show the tab bar
When I open a link in a new tab, switch to it immediately
Warn me when closing multiple tabs
Warn me when opening multiple tabs might slow down Firefox

-- Tom

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IE11 tel: Link does not work in trusted sites or intranet sites
If the site is in internet zone the link does work.

Any hints for a fix?

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On Windows 7 with Internet Explorer 9 in a domain environment I have been trying to figure out why users can't add to trusted sites. Spending hours on this. I changed the setting in "Site to Zone assignment list" to disabled and was able to add a site, or so I thought. I add a site, close the dialog and go back in and then ALL the entries in the list have disappeared.

Yes we use Group Policy.

I hate troubleshooting this, I hope someone can expalin this (without telling me to "Search"). I have come across MANY issues similar but have yet to find a solution.

A:Can't add to TRUSTED SITES! SItes disappear

Have you seen this? Internet Explorer – add domains to security zones using script | gfisk.com

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When I bring up IE, no matter what site I go to IE says it's a Trusted site. I have reset everything to Default settings in IE but it still says every site is a Trusted site.

A:All sites showing up as Trusted Sites

Hi, go here and download HJT, copy to its own folder and run the programme. DO NOT FIX anything yet.

Save the log file and copy and paste it here, someone will take a look at it for you.


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I have added a site to my "trusted sites" list in Internet Explorer:
However I cannot get the site to load at all.
I keep getting the error message:
Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage
I have tried over and over to find the problem.
I can get the site: http://www.bravenet.net to load, but most of the links on that site are to a bravenet.com site, including the contact us information.
I would ask them (Bravenet) to help me, but I cannot get to their help or contact files.
When I try to go from Google to bravenet.com I get an error box with the message:
The current web page is trying to open a site in your trusted sites list.
Do you want to allow this?
Current site: http://www.google.com
Trusted site: http://www.bravenet.com
Yes No
Warning: Allowing this can expose your computer to security risks. If you don't trust the current Web Page, choose No.
When I answer Yes, I still get the error message:
Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage.
Do I have some settings incorrect in my security settings somewhere.
Mostly, I have not had any problems viewing the sites I want to see.
I do have one other site that is a problem in the same way.
It also is listed in my trusted sites:

What is the point of adding a site to your trusted sites when it doesn't allow the site when you say yes?
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Its wierd i just recovered from a serious spyware attack and all of a sudden all the sites i go to there all trusted sites , after i took out everything i defaulted everything but it still says Trusted Sites :\

A:Trusted Sites??

From your broswer go to - Tools, Internet Options, Security,Trusted Sites, Sites and delete all the ones you don't wont. If its clear might be some left over spyware.

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Is there a way to set IE to only allow specified trusted sites? I don't care if the setting can be changed without any privileges the user is not tech savvy enough to undo them. Thanks!!!

A:Trusted sites

IE Content Advisor should satisfy your requirements.

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What happens in IE 11 when a site is added to "Trusted Sites?" The more technical the better. 
My problem is I have a site that does not rotate the image in IE11 but only when it is added as a trusted site. It works fine in IE8 without. The function attempting execute is rotateImage(ImgDiv)
Thank you. 

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What sites do you use/recommend for freeware/shareware downloads. There appears to be so many out there but which one's can you trust. What are the top three popular sites that are trusted to provide the right software download that's free of spyware/viruses?

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HELP! & Not the Beatles....another IT guy added a trusted site Internet Options/Security/Trusted Sites with a weird symbol before it. It does not have https:// it's like *. What it is?

A:Trusted Sites

What is the domain of the site? The "*" just means any prefix for a URL on that site would be trusted. I don't like adding entries there as it basically gives them permission to bypass security measures on your computer. This is sometimes done for troubleshooting purposes but I wouldn't leave it that way.

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1. Using IE8 we are trying to connect to an ssl server. If the URL is not added manually in the trusted sites (Internet options -> security -> Trusted Sites) we are seeing a java exception. After manually adding the URL in trusted sites everything works fine.

Exception seen in java console is netscape.javascript.JSException: Access is denied.

In IE7 it works fine even if we donot manully add the URL in trusted site. Please let me know why we should add URL in the trusted sites manually for IE8.

2. Please let us know if there is any debugger tool available to debug XSS script errors occurred in IE8.

Thanks in advance.

A:IE8 Trusted sites

PHP Code:

Registered User
 IE8 Trusted sites 


1. Using IE8 we are trying to connect to an ssl server. If the URL is not added manually in the trusted sites (Internet options -> security -> Trusted Siteswe are seeing a java exceptionAfter manually adding the URL in trusted sites everything works fine

Exception seen in java console is netscapeRead more

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w7 IE version 8.0.7601.17514

I use trusted sites to run a webpage on my computer, I set it to "Custom" level with most functions enabled. For some reason, a few hours to a day or so later, it resets to "Low" level and changes the following settings...

Enable > Prompt download unsigned activex controls
Enable > Prompt Initialize and script activex controls not marked as safe for Scripting
Enable > Disable Only allow approved domains to use activex without prompt
Enable > Prompt allow webpages to use restricted protocols for active content
Enable > Prompt display mixed content
Enable > Prompt websites in a less privileged web content zone can navigate into this zone

How can I lock this or stop it from happening?


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I am running Windows 2003 Server, SP2.

IE7 will not hold trusted sites. After you add a site, click OK to get back out to the browser, and refresh (or even exit, and re-start IE), the desired site is no longer listed in Trusted Sites.

Internet Explorer enhanced security features are un-installed.



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w7 IE version 8.0.7601.17514

I use trusted sites to run a webpage on my computer, I set it to "Custom" level with most functions enabled. For some reason, a few hours to a day or so later, it resets to "Low" level and changes the following settings...

Enable > Prompt download unsigned activex controls
Enable > Prompt Initialize and script activex controls not marked as safe for Scripting
Enable > Disable Only allow approved domains to use activex without prompt
Enable > Prompt allow webpages to use restricted protocols for active content
Enable > Prompt display mixed content
Enable > Prompt websites in a less privileged web content zone can navigate into this zone

How can I lock this or stop it from happening?



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I would like to add webshots to my trusted sites. I have already tried *.webshots.com
It doesn't work. I remember once seeing 2 addresses that need to be added to the list
for webshots.
I don't remember them. I am a free member so I cannot
get direct help from webshots.


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I don't use IE do don't have to do this but webshots has lots of address and cookies.
I think it is www.webshots.com you need to login.

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I was wondering, where in the Reg are the trusted sites listed, also is there any other way to add a trusted site other then Internet Options

A:Adding Trusted Sites....

Just curious Dreambringer, Why would you want to do this? I would stick to my application settings- which are not always stored in the registry.

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HI Broni,
I have followed the prep guide you mentioned in my original post (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic443550.html/page__pid__2606190#entry2606190). Since I'm running Windows 7 x64, I only ran DDS, and did not run GMER. Please find my DDS.txt below:

DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSAMD64
Internet Explorer: 9.0.8112.16421 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_31
Run by Local Admin at 12:40:46 on 2012-02-21
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 6.1.7601.1.1252.1.1033.18.6135.3676 [GMT -5:00]
AV: Microsoft Security Essentials *Disabled/Updated* {108DAC43-C256-20B7-BB05-914135DA5160}
SP: Microsoft Security Essentials *Disabled/Updated* {ABEC4DA7-E46C-2F39-81B5-AA334E5D1BDD}
SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k RPCSS
c:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\Antimalware\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
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A:RE: Trusted Sites: $talisma_url$

Hello, Welcome to BleepingComputer.I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.If you can please print this topic it will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps.===Please DownloadTDSSKiller.zip>>> Double-click on TDSSKiller.exe to run the application.Click on the Start Scan button and wait for the scan and disinfection process to be over.If an infected file is detected, the default action will be Cure, click on Continue
If a suspicious file is detected, the default action will be Skip, click on Continue
If you are asked to reboot the computer to complete the process, click on the Reboot Now button. A report will be automatically saved at the root of the System drive ((usually C:\) in the form of "TDSSKiller.[Version]_[Date]_[Time]_log.txt" (for example, C:\TDSSKiller.2.2.0_20.12.2009_15.31.43_log.txt). Please copy and paste the contents of that file here.If no reboot is required, click on Report. A log file will appear. Please copy and paste the contents of that file in your next reply.Download http://public.avast.com/~gmerek/aswMBR.exe (aswMBR.exe) to your desktop. Double click the aswMBR.exe to run it Click the "Scan" button to start scan. Upon completion of the scan, click Save log, and save it to your desktop. (Note - do not select any Fix at this time) <- IMPORTANTPlease post the contents of that log in your next reply.There shall also be a file on your desktop named MBR.dat. Righ... Read more

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I have tried and tried to figure this out and just cant get it.

We remotely connect to sites using remotely anywhere along with tunnelier.

So we login with tunnelier to the server, then tunnelier gives us our port number, and to connect to the site, we put http://localhost:11233 in our browser.

This all works great, except we get the certificate error in IE.

What i would like to know is how to add localhost to the trusted sites list, so that no matter what the port number is, here 11233, we wont get the certificate error where we are having to click continue to website.

Anyone know how to do this?

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how can i delete the trusted site on my pc? should i do this?

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I have this guy who is getting the following error when playing his music.

"the current web page is trying to open a site in your trusted sites list. Do you want to allow this?

current site: windowsmedia.com
trusted site: toc:.music.metaservfices.microsoft.com

He said it's not bootleg music but I have a feeling it mght be. I added both sites to the trusted site zone in IE.

Does anyone know how to reslove this?

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Is there a way that I can make all of my computers have the same Trusted Sites when they log in? I am running Windows 7 Enterprise and use IE8.

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IE6, Another problem I had today was adding a trusted site, I've done this a million times without a problem, but today, it kept telling me site could not be added, because it is already listed on another site, please remove from this site, then add. the problem is i can't find it listed anywhere.

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 and  remove a program I don't want?

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Just purchased a new Dell 4700 desktop. SOftware was previously installed. When accessing Window Media Player, a Security Message pops up and reads "The current web page is trying to open a site in your Trusted Site list. Do you want to allow this?
Current Site: go.microsoft.com
Trusted Site: wwwp.musicmatch.com.

Regardless of the answer I select (yes or no), this message appears every time and it is getting annoying. How do I fix this problem?

A:Trusted Sites List

Copy your link (http://wwwp.musicmatch.com/) into the buffer.

Go to "Start > Settings > Control Panel > Internet Options > Security > Trusted Sites > Sites". Paste your link in the upper window and click "add".

It may "choke" on your link because it wants a secure connection. Add an "s" to the "https:...". Maybe that will work. Maybe that is why it hasn't been working in the past.

If there is already a similar link in there, delete it.

See if that helps.

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I noticed this $talisma_url$ entry in browser's trusted sites section. I googled it and found many infected computer users have also had this entry in their trusted sites and would really appreciate some assistance in diagnosing. I have also had my share of viruses and have used combofix to remove several viruses/trojans recently, but keep getting reinfected. Also, my otl scan shows an @Alternate Data Stream - 125 bytes -> C:\ProgramData\Temp.

I am using Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows 7 64bit computer. Thanks in advance for your prompt response and assistance!

A:Trusted Sites: $talisma_url$

Since you ran Combofix.....Please follow the instructions in ==>This Guide<== starting at Step 6. If you cannot complete a step, skip it and continue.Once the proper logs are created, then make a NEW TOPIC and post it ==>HERE<== Please include a description of your computer issues, what you have done to resolve them, and a link to this topic.If you can produce at least some of the logs, then please create the new topic and explain what happens when you try to create the log(s) that you couldn't get. If you cannot produce any of the logs, then still post the topic and explain that you followed the Prep. Guide, were unable to create the logs, and describe what happens when you try to create the logs.It would be helpful if you post a note here once you have completed the steps in the guide and have started your topic in malware removal. Good luck and be patient.If HelpBot replies to your topic, PLEASE follow Step One so it will report your topic to the team members.

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I was infected with spyware a few days ago so I ran Spybot, Ad-aware and CWShredder like I usually do and everything seems to be ok. The only problem is that whenever I go to a site on Internet Explorer, this little green check mark symbol appears in the bottom right-hand corner and it says "Trusted sites." I'm not sure what this means or if I have any spyware still on my computer. Here is my HijackThis log. Thank you for any help you can give me.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 3:50:12 PM, on 11/19/2004
Platform: Windows ME (Win9x 4.90.3000)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v5.50 (5.50.4134.0100)

Running processes:

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SystemTray] SysTray.Exe
O4 - HKLM\..... Read more

A:HijackThis Log - Trusted Sites?

GO HERE http://forums.techguy.org/t110854.html

If you have scanned with Spy Bot and AD-Aware Se just do a scan with Panda and Housecall

Then Download AVG 7 and install on your computer .

After doing the above post a COMPLETE Hijack This 1.98.2 log here

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I have tried everything I can see on the forums to get acces to the trusted sites list to add another site.
The HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings only has a: Default REG-SZ Value not set, nothing else in that field. I obviously have admin rights and even started IE9 as admin. I used Local Group Policy Editor to check User config/Windows settings/Internet explorer Maintenance/Security and ensured that Do not customize ... is ticked. All to no avail.
Anybody can help with this, I would really appreciate. I cannot log on to my bank any more, as they have changed sites.

A:Trusted sites greyed out

Why do you believe you need to add sites to your safe sites list ?
You didn't say which version of Internet explorer your using,
Gear symbol and About ie,
Post which third party security suite you have installed,
Set your time with internet time,
Export Favorites to html file before resetting Internet explorer/ just to be safe.
Internet Explorer - Import and Export Favorites
Tutorial of Resetting Internet explorer,
Internet Explorer - Reset
Accessing Internet Options from the Start menu search,
Reset process first opening Internet explorer
Manage add-ons,
Manage add-ons for Internet Explorer - Microsoft Windows Help
How to manage add-ons in Internet Explorer 9
Turn Internet explorer off and boot when prompted then turn ie back on,
Windows Features - Turn On or Off
You can also try creating a new user account and test,User Account - Create
If the issue does not occur in new user account then refer the following link to fix the corrupted user account.
User Account Type - Change
Fix a corrupted user profile

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Not sure if this is the right place to post this question, but as its related to IE I am putting this here
What difference does it make whether or not a website is added to the trusted Sites list. The reason I ask is some of the icons on a website do not show up when not in the trusted sites list and I cannot figure out which setting I can change to make this
work without adding this to the trusted sites list.

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I use CounterSpy to deal with my spyware problems but after their newest version
came out(V2) it boggs down my computer and some of my programs won't run unless I shut down the active protection first. I also had to shut down the active protection so I good get updates to my antivirus program.
Their support told me that it was my computer but I found out alot of people are having the same problem as well.
Is their any good, trusted sites to get reviews of spyware programs????
I did a search in Google but I don't whether or not to trust the sites.
I heard that sites can be faked to look like a legimate site so that you would buy
the program they recommend.
Any help would greatly be appreciated!!!!

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Windows XP SP3, Firefox3 (or IE7).
Internet protection set to:
- Internet=high
- Trusted sites=high
I cannot download .exe, ... files, and get an error message "This download has been blocked by criterion on protection areas", also if the site has been added to trusted sites.
Same thing with Windows Update sites.
I need to lower the protection each time.
Thank you for help.

A:Error with trusted sites

Trusted Sites = High is too restrictive in IE.

A good tutorial; http://25yearsofprogramming.com/blog/2008/20080524.htm

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   I had raised this question in Microsoft communities
and they have asked me to repost the question at this forum.  Hence reposting my question below

We develop applications that are installed on a windows 7 system. Our application has a webpage hosted in IIS. 

As an example lets say the system on which we have installed our application has hostname
A and IP "".  System A
has IIS installed.  SSL option is enabled.  As part of our application we host a home page on this system
Now in the home page of system A I have displayed URLs which correspond to pages from another system(Example href-> 
Let us name this second system with host name B and IP "". System
B on which its home page is hosted does not have SSL enabled. 

When I click on the system B's URL in system A home page it displays a warning "Only secure content is displayed" which is in accordance since we are navigating away from the secure site(System
A's home page).
So now the requirement for us is to add the system B's home page as a trusted site as part of internet settings on system
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Please help.I have http://*. in trusted sites(in internet options)and it won't delete. When i delete it in registry(regedit) under domains it comes back again after i restart the computer. First times computer get restarted 4 times in a row. Also i get the pop-ups. Here is my Hijack this log.Please help !

Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 1:55:57 PM, on 14/01/2005
Platform: Windows XP (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 (6.00.2600.0000)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Command Software\dvpapi.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
C:\Program Files\Zero Knowledge\TELUS Security service\Freedom.exe
C:\Program Files\Creative\ShareDLL\CtNotify.exe
C:\Program Files\Creative\ShareDLL\MediaDet.Exe
C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
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A:http://*. in trusted sites ?

Welcome to TSF.

Please print out or copy this page to Notepad. Make sure to work through the fixes in the exact order it is mentioned below. If there's anything that you don't understand, ask your question(s) before proceeding with the fixes. You should not have any open browsers when you are following the procedures below.

Go to My Computer->Tools/View->Folder Options->View tab and make sure that 'Show hidden files and folders' (or 'Show all files') is enabled. Also make sure that Display the contents of System Folders' is checked. Windows XP's search feature is a little different. When you click on 'All files and folders' on the left pane, click on the 'More advanced options' at the bottom. Make sure that Search system folders, Search hidden files and folders, and Search subfolders are checked.

For the options that you checked/enabled earlier, you may uncheck them after your log is clean. If we ask you to fix a program that you use or want to keep, please post back saying that (we don't know every program that exists, so we may tell you to delete a program that we think is bad to keep).

Turn off system restore by right clicking on My Computer and go to Properties->System Restore and check the box for Turn off System Restore. Click Apply and then OK. Restart your computer. After we are finished with your log file and verified that it's clean, you may turn it back on and create a new restore point.

If you have a fast internet connection (... Read more

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