Help with about:blank malware

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  1. wldhoney

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    Somehow or another (okay, it was thru a russian porn site!!! :rolleyes: ) I have ended up with this about:blank malware, or whatever it is, and have been unable to get rid of it.

    It has caused problems with my yahoo IM so that I can't get into it, and interferes with various programs. Everything I have read on it states that it is very difficult to get rid of, hides in the registry, etc.. I have tried various spyware programs and no luck.

    Has anyone else had this and discovered a way to get rid of it?

    Just to be clear, when it comes to computers I am a neophyte. Please give explanations as if you are talking to a 6 year old. Scratch that. My nephew knows more than me. Make it 4 years old!

    I would really appreciate any help!!!!
     
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    EZ way to get rid of it is to switCH to a MAC,,,,,,,been using a MAC for 15 years.....never once have I gotten a virus......I don't even have anti-virus software installed.......no need to
     
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    Thanks, mgmn, Mattness, and Industrialsize, for the suggestions. I tried trend-micro. It didn't get rid of the about:blank, but it did find a couple of other nuisances!

    Next I will try Mattness's site. If that doesn't work and all else fails, I am throwing out this new computer and buying a mac! :wink: I guess if I don't eat...and maybe forget about some house maintenance, and go without heat for a while.... I can afford another hit to my bank account!! :eek:
     
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  8. B_ScaredLittleBoy

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    Honey,

    All you need is HijackThis:

    |MG| Free Download - HijackThis 1.99.1

    And perhaps Spybot Search Destroy:

    The home of Spybot-S&D!

    Generally, antivirus software is for viruses, spyware removal software is for spy/malware. Some AV's do claim and probably do remove spyware as well. I just think a standalone is better. ie you get a mobile phone with a camera but they are generally not as good quality as a dedicated digital camera would be.

    Anyway that should help. For best results run the scans in Safe Mode.

    Restart the PC and press F8 constantly til it asks you to go into Safe Mode. It's not entirely necessary but if it doesn't get removed in Windows go to Safe Mode.

    PS about HijackThis: Just check and delete everything it finds. If there are a lot of things, it should speed your PC up too.

    I know you're not 'supposed' to delete everything but I always do and I've told many people to do and never encountered any ill effects.

    Good luck. If you want to keep going on Russian sites or protect yourself, download:

    Avant Browser::Download

    Then when you run it in the menu disable everything (to be 100% safe) or at least ActiveX and Scripts, maybe Java etc.

    You'll never get a virus from a website using that browser, with those things disabled.

    What time is it? Oh yeah, essay time! :rolleyes:
     
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    Absolutely! Switch to ANY Unix based operating system and you won't have these problems. MAC OS-X, Linux, Sun Micro Systems Solaris, Free BSD, etc.
     
  10. kamikazee_club

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    If Macs (or Linux) ever serve more than niche markets, that will change. Sometimes, it's better to enjoy things quietly.

    To WH, try ad-aware, AVG or Kaspersky all available free or on free trials. Better still by an ultra cheap crappy PC for surfing, when it gets shafted, wipe it and start again.

    Hope u get cleaned up ok though..
     
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    I thought about posting this last night, but I was going to bed and figured someone else would.

    Since they haven't, here's a security site that gives stepwise instructions for removing this exploit when other commercial solutions (Spybot S&D, etc.) have failed to do so.


    Also, a piece of advice...short of abandoning Windows for Linux or MacOS, you can protect yourself against alot of online exploits by NOT using Internet Explorer to browse the web. I personally use Firefox, but there are several other good browsers out there that are much less susceptible to these types of attacks.
     
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    Ahhh, thanks for bringing back that memory, Shelby. I so love Maddox's rants. :biggrin1:

    2,346,827 Mac fans switched back over to Windows, even though Windows is just as shitty.
     
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    I did this for about a year and a half as a job.

    I know of one way, that will guarantee you get rid of it.


    Mandatory Steps Before Requesting Assistance Security Cleanup FAQ - dslreports.com

    If you want to try and skip all the work (not recommended), I have had luck with running AVG 3 times in safe mode (step 1.d)


    I was technical support for an anti-virus company, so our software and system worked well, but the above link is a very good way to do it for free.

    the nice thing about it, is if you do all the steps, and are still infected, the people on the forums will personally help you to get rid of the infection. (allthough I personally have never come to that step)
     
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    Type blank virus into a Google search and you will get lots of info. A program that will get rid of it is Adware Away. You can download a trial copy from

    Adware Away -- remove about:blank and all other homepage hijacker

    The download is good for 7 days which allows you to use it before deciding whether to pay for it. You should have an anti virus program installed that updates the virus definitions daily. And you should download and install Spybot Search and Destroy and the Lavasoft program Ad-Aware se. Both are free, but you must regularly tell them to update the threat definition lists. The Windows Firewall should also be enabled. It comes with XP. I have been using pc's since the '80s and I have never had any problems.
     
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    I would also recommend AVG Free anti-virus. Much nicer than any of my Norton's or McAfee installs I've had.

    AdAware SE is the best way to go. If you really know what you are doing program wise, I'd reccomend Hijack this. It's a utility that shows you anything that could cause you grief, but not all of it is stuff you want to remove. Hence it is only for a programmer or someone who knows there programming components.
     
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    browser wise, after you get the spyware off your system... use safari from apple, it doesn't use ActiveX and therefore doesn't let anything run in the background that you don't know about. Oh, and good luck getting that spyware/adware/malware off your computer, most of the time it imbeds itself so far into the registry that its not possible to recover because it changes several critical windows files, ie: rundll32 and several others. In mac nothing has the permissions to change anything in the system folder, except for the operating system itself via kerberos (or a superuser). When I see this on a client's computer I recommend that we save all important files to an external hdd and reformat and re-install windows or linux. I'll go ahead and say it... I use linux.. it's free and you don't have to pay $200 everytime they release a new version, plus it's SUPER stable, and almost NO viruses exist for the linux platform.
     
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    Good one, Shelby, except for one thing. I've generally noticed that the Mac-ophiles tend to be quieter than the PC-nazis. I used to sit quietly in my part of our computer room, working away on my smoothly-running 5-year-old Mac, while my partner was in his part of our computer room, struggling with and cursing at his relatively new PC. He's gone through 3 computers since we've been together, and I still have & use my Mac that I had before we met... and he still sat there, making fun of me & my Mac. It also annoys him that I can run the same Photoshop manipulations three times as fast on my old 400 MHz processor than he can on his new 3 GHz model. Neither I, nor any of my Mac-using friends or colleagues rants at PC users, but I've had lots of occasions of PC users nearly foaming at the mouth when they denounce me. The PC users always make such a big deal out of Mac users making a big deal, but it always seems to be one-way rage.
     
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