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New postPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 3:48 am 

Hi, I am running XP updated, Nod anti virus updated.

I recently installed a game purchased in China. Every thing worked OK. I then noticed two icons on my desktop that I could not delete says it is a 'system file' and cannot be deleted. Clicking on these icons takes you to a Chinese web site.
I also noticed that when launching IE the page opens up at some Chinese site. I am not able to change the home page using tools/options... If I launch Firefox all is normal. ???

I have tried programs like 'hijack this' etc but no avail. I ended up formatting my drive.

Was there anything I else I could have done before re-formatting?


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 Post subject: Re: Home page Hijacked
New postPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 2:53 pm 
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You could have started your computer in safe mode and removed the files using a program like File Shredder or something.



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New postPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 8:00 pm 
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@chris - What files? The ones he wiped?

There are loads of avenues you could have taken before formatting. Note that Hijack this isn't an anti-virus program per se.
Set yourself up with Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes and stay away from dodgy software - Crysis 2 hasn't actually been released yet :lol:



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 Post subject: Re: Home page Hijacked
New postPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 8:07 pm 
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First thing do do if you suspect any malware or viruses is reboot into safemode and run a full scan with malwarebytes. the longer you leave it the more damage it can do to system files etc.. then its a whole new ball game, it takes a lot of hard work most of the time to get rid of persistent malware especially if its been left too long.

best prevention is common sense.



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 Post subject: Re: Home page Hijacked
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All good suggestions. In hindsight, formatting is the least painless method (that is, if you take frequent, usable backups -- including program configurations/profiles etc.) But, you can learn a lot from removing infections from your computer. I'd shred that disc before you have a chance to screw up your computer again :)



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