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Firefox Search Problems – Rootkit? Trojan? Virus?

BSODRecently, my computer has come down with a very nasty bug.  When I try to use Google or Yahoo search, I get the correct results but the link takes me to another site.

For instance, I search for “widgets”, my search returns several links for widgets like normal. But instead of the link taking me to widgets.com, it sends me to antivirus.com or something similar.

Attempts to Removal

I have tried all the programs I know to try:

  • SpyBot Search and Destroy
  • Ad-Aware 2008
  • Spyware Terminator

Spyware Terminator actually finds it, but once I “delete it”, I can search and find it again.  I have already considered reformating my hard drive, (my machine is not a peppy at once was, and has wasted harddrive space  from past programs) and moving to Linux.

Advice of Others

I visited Firefox’s, IRC line, and was told to try two tools, and if they could not resolve my issue, to reformat.

Do you have any ideas? Or have any stories of you own?

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6 Responses to “Firefox Search Problems – Rootkit? Trojan? Virus?”

  1. Jason says:

    I have the same problem dude, give us an update if you find a fix for it.

  2. Bryan says:

    I ended up reinstalling the operating system. Another option is to use another browser, like Opera, Safari or the dreaded Internet Explorer.

  3. Bruce says:

    I recently got hit with the same problem with the same result. Using Firefox as a browser is like getting hit with spam.

  4. Tony says:

    I found a program called “combofix.exe” that took care of this issue for me.

  5. Pexaceque says:

    I think you made some good points in your post.

  6. Pexaceque says:

    Thank you for great post!