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New Tab hijacked

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Bob, Jan 23, 2010.

  1. Bob

    Bob Flightless Bird

    I just installed IE8 from IE7. I previously installed a download
    accelerator and it did not work so I uninstalled it. The SWINE download
    accelerator VERMIN hijacked my home page. They did not give me an option if
    I wanted it hijacked like most do. But it was easy to fix that. I
    discovered the new tab options while in IE8 in the demonstration video below
    and seemed cool. I clicked the new tab just like the video and I get
    speedbit search. Those swine hijack that. I ran IE8 as administrator and
    it showed the New Tab like in the video. How do I switch it back to New Tab
    like in the video in my normal non-administrator user account? I run
    everything in a normal non-administrator user account. I just type in
    administrator password when asked.

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/videos.aspx playing
    "Easier browsing"

    Background info: I have a AMD 4400+ 64X2 4GB memory 320GB HD(way bigger than
    I need) Acer computer (AM3100-U3201A) I purchased new February 2008 running
    32-bit MS Vista Home Premium SP2 box. I use MS auto updates. I think it
    has onboard shared memory for video and sound. My ISP is Comcast 12mbps
    with Motorola SURFboard SB5101 Cable Modem direct to computer. No other
    switches or routers or wireless or phone line or any other networking
    hardware hooked up to this computer.

    Thanks for the help.

    Bob
     
  2. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    There is a very good chance that you are seeing the effects of a hijackware
    infection!

    NB: If you had no anti-virus application installed or the subscription had
    expired *when the machine first got infected* and/or your subscription has
    since expired and/or the machine's not been kept fully-patched at Windows
    Update, don't waste your time with any of the below: Format & reinstall
    Windows. A Repair Install will NOT help!

    Microsoft PCSafety provides home users (only) with no-charge support in
    dealing with malware infections such as viruses, spyware (including unwanted
    software), and adware.
    https://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?&prid=7552&st=1

    Also available via...

    Consumer Security Support home page
    https://consumersecuritysupport.microsoft.com/

    Otherwise...

    1. See if you can download/run the MSRT manually:
    http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.mspx

    NB: Run the FULL scan, not the QUICK scan! You may need to download the
    MSRT on a non-infected machine, then transfer MRT.EXE to the infected
    machine and rename it to SCAN.EXE before running it.

    2a. WinXP => Run the Windows Live Safety Center's 'Protection' scan (only!)
    in Safe Mode with Networking, if need be:
    http://onecare.live.com/site/en-us/center/howsafe.htm

    2b. Vista or Win7=> Run this scan instead:
    http://onecare.live.com/site/en-us/center/whatsnew.htm

    3. Now run a thorough check for hijackware, including posting requested logs
    in an appropriate forum, not here.

    Checking for/Help with Hijackware:
    .. http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/unwanted.htm
    .. http://inetexplorer.mvps.org/tshoot.html
    .. http://www.mvps.org/sramesh2k/Malware_Defence.htm
    .. http://www.elephantboycomputers.com/page2.html#Removing_Malware

    **Chances are you will need to seek expert assistance in
    http://spywarehammer.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?board=10.0,
    http://www.spywarewarrior.com/viewforum.php?f=5,
    http://www.dslreports.com/forum/cleanup,
    http://www.bluetack.co.uk/forums/index.php,
    http://aumha.net/viewforum.php?f=30 or other appropriate forums.**

    If these procedures look too complex - and there is no shame in admitting
    this isn't your cup of tea - take the machine to a local, reputable and
    independent (i.e., not BigBoxStoreUSA or Geek Squad) computer repair shop.
    --
    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
    MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Client - since 2002
    www.banthecheck.com


    Bob wrote:
    > I just installed IE8 from IE7. I previously installed a download
    > accelerator and it did not work so I uninstalled it. The SWINE download
    > accelerator VERMIN hijacked my home page. They did not give me an option
    > if
    > I wanted it hijacked like most do. But it was easy to fix that. I
    > discovered the new tab options while in IE8 in the demonstration video
    > below
    > and seemed cool. I clicked the new tab just like the video and I get
    > speedbit search. Those swine hijack that. I ran IE8 as administrator and
    > it showed the New Tab like in the video. How do I switch it back to New
    > Tab
    > like in the video in my normal non-administrator user account? I run
    > everything in a normal non-administrator user account. I just type in
    > administrator password when asked.
    >
    > http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/videos.aspx playing
    > "Easier browsing"
    >
    > Background info: I have a AMD 4400+ 64X2 4GB memory 320GB HD(way bigger
    > than
    > I need) Acer computer (AM3100-U3201A) I purchased new February 2008
    > running
    > 32-bit MS Vista Home Premium SP2 box. I use MS auto updates. I think it
    > has onboard shared memory for video and sound. My ISP is Comcast 12mbps
    > with Motorola SURFboard SB5101 Cable Modem direct to computer. No other
    > switches or routers or wireless or phone line or any other networking
    > hardware hooked up to this computer.
    >
    > Thanks for the help.
    >
    > Bob
     

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