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Alert - Google redirect virus

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by begreen, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. semipro

    semipro Minister of Fire

    Jan 12, 2009
    SW Virginia
    Many hijacks occur when admin credentials are stolen while an admin is logged in.

    One thing we do at work and now I do at home is set up non-admin accounts for all users, even myself. "Power User" or "Network User" are good built-in presets for user levels. Admin operations can be handled using Windows' "runas" command without the need to log in and out.

    Its a little bit of a hassle but I've been able to keep multiple machines clean this way without having to reformat.

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  2. Hass

    Hass Minister of Fire

    Mar 20, 2011
    Alabama, NY
    Same here. The redirect virus is the only one that I've personally encountered and found it to be a PITA. Most variants of it don't send any of your personal information to the owner or cause any actual harm to you... Just incredibly annoying. I bet places like best buy make a killing off of dummies when they bring in a computer infected with it.
  3. maple1

    maple1 Minister of Fire

    Sep 15, 2011
    Nova Scotia
    I run Malwarebytes once in a while - is it worth it to upgrade from the free version and buy the 'Realtime Protection Module'? Would that pick something like this up right away before it does damage? Would it slow my computer down a lot while it was doing its thing in the background?
  4. lanternman

    lanternman New Member

    Oct 28, 2011
    central michigan
    ill sound stupid for asking but... how do you end up with it and... can it happen to a cell phone that runs a BREW OS also? thats what my phone runs so i was just wondering.

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