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30 November 2006 @ 07:49 pm
virus, or something  
I've got a virus, or something. Any co.uk site I go to redirects me to a junk site. I've run a Norton virus scan and cleared my cache, neither of which has helped. I switched off some things in msconfig, which also didn't help.

I'm running search-and-destroy spyware software right now, but does anybody have any ideas on what bug I might be suffering from here? Help me, Livejournal, you're my only hope!
Shoka RedEarsshoka on November 30th, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC)
Once Sypbot Search and Destroy is done, go get Ad-Aware from http://www.lavasoftusa.com/ too and run that. S&D and AA seem to find different things sometimes.

But it sounds very much like you have spyware/adware vs. a virus.

It is possible though less likely that either the master DNS for the co.uk is messed up or that the DNS cache of your local ISP is contaminated. If you have another computer, try using to see if it can correctly resolve a co.uk name. If so, then the problem's localized to your computer likely spy/adware.
kitmizkit on November 30th, 2006 07:59 pm (UTC)
It's me; Ted's computer is reaching co.uk sites just fine. Thanks; I'll grab AA when I'm done running S&D.
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Kate Kirbykirbyk on November 30th, 2006 08:11 pm (UTC)
Since it's just your computer, (and not your ISP), try a different browser (IE or Firefox). That might be a clue.

One thing to check is if your browser is going through a proxy to or localhost. If that's the case, then probably some spyware running on your box is grabbing all the .uk traffic and redirecting it. I've seen this sort of thing before.

Can you go to a command window and do a ping or a traceroute to the UK hosts? That might turn up a clue. Try using the IP address that a ping returns instead, and see if that works.

Good luck! These things can be hard.
kitmizkit on November 30th, 2006 08:25 pm (UTC)
I tried another browser earlier and it's happening with it, too. How do I check the proxy?
(no subject) - shoka on November 30th, 2006 09:27 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - mizkit on November 30th, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Toddherrtodd on November 30th, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC)
Have you tried the MS Malicious Software Removal tool? Dunno if that might help. Also, take a gander in your HOSTS file and see if there's soemthing funky in there.

Good luck!
kitmizkit on November 30th, 2006 08:26 pm (UTC)
take a gander in your HOSTS file

You say that like I know how. :)
(no subject) - herrtodd on November 30th, 2006 08:34 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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OMG you are back - soapturtle on December 2nd, 2006 04:45 am (UTC) (Expand)
Sanguine Pensanguinepen on November 30th, 2006 08:17 pm (UTC)
www.avast.com has a simply terrific free virus protection/removal software. I've been using it for years, and nothing has ever gotten through.
dressagegrrrldressagegrrrl on November 30th, 2006 09:35 pm (UTC)
I was happily browsing listmania! lists on Amazon, and I stumbled upon quite a few that had Urban Shaman on them, Including one enthusiastically called "14 BEST IN PARANORMAL ROMANCE!!!!!!!" or something like that.

Just thought it might make you feel nice. The lister does qualify that your book was not technically a paranormal romance per se, but that it had elements of both genres, and was so good OMG that it had to make the list.
kitmizkit on November 30th, 2006 09:45 pm (UTC)
*laughs* Cool. thank you. :)
dqg_nealdqg_neal on November 30th, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC)
What is the particular site you are being redirected to?
kitmizkit on November 30th, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC)
jupk.com seems to be the underlying thing. the actual domain remains a co.uk one in my nav bar, and the name on the page varies.
(no subject) - dqg_neal on November 30th, 2006 11:27 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Calcalene on November 30th, 2006 10:33 pm (UTC)
If all else fails, there's AVG anti-virus. The latest free version has always been good at finding the virus for me. Sometimes it can't fix it for me, but it'll give me a name of the virus I can look up with another computer and find step by step instructions for manual removal.

I hope you get it sorted out soon. :(
Eveshkaeveshka on November 30th, 2006 11:24 pm (UTC)

I had actually set this up for someone else... but sounds like you need it too.
kitmizkit on November 30th, 2006 11:35 pm (UTC)
I'm in the process of running Spybot right now. Is that going to screw anything up?
(no subject) - eveshka on November 30th, 2006 11:36 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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tundratrottundratrot on December 1st, 2006 09:08 am (UTC)
some help from some geeks
rotten luck. try MajorGeeks' support forum under help & technical info >> malware removal. I use it from time to time. It's a solid process thats fairly well laid out, but for those who aren't on speaking terms with the bits n bytes of computers i'd suggest they lean on the experience of familiar gurus. I have used the forum and followed the process many times to help friends with an assortment of troubles (virus, malware, spyware, browser hijackers, etc). They have links to all the tools, AND they tell you how to use them in the most effective order. Hope it helps. Sorry your computer got sick cousin o' mine. Best of luck.