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How to Recover from an Internet Explorer hijacking Sunday, July 11, 2004 9:03 AM (permalink)
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The article below shares tips on repairing IE if the browser has been hijacked (a term meaning that the user can no longer control the home page or aggressive pop-up activity).

How to Recover from an Internet Explorer hijacking
http://techrepublic.com.com/5100-6270_11-5034307.html

The key recommended steps are in this order (where you would take the “next step“ if a cleaning process still doesn' t correct the underlying issues).

1. AntiVirus Cleaning -- Update your AV product to the latest scanning engine and virus definitions. Scan your entire hard drive and remove items with your AV product or free cleaning tools available at many sites.

2. AdAware and SpyBot Search & Destroy -- Both of these free cleaning tools are excellent. Use Google to find sites where you can download each product and update them to the latest available definitions each time you run.

3. CWS Shredder, HijackThis, and Filemon/Regmon Analysis -- This next step requires a lot of technical expertise as Windows file and registry activity must be carefully analyzed.

Dutch security expert Merjin has developed some great tools
http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/
http://www.google.com/search?&q=merjin

I' m impressed with the security expertise of several moderators who analyze and share findings on how to correct IE hijacking issues.

Bleeping Comuters - see HighjackThis Log Analysis forum
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/index.php

Sysinternals - Regmon / Filemon (monitors registry/file activity)
http://www.sysinternals.com/

4. Reinstallation of Internet Explorer -- As a last resort sometimes IE or even Windows itself will require reinstallation. Always remember to apply critical patches before reconnecting to the Internet. Then immediately perform a Windows Update to better protect your newly reinstalled environment.

How to repair or reinstall Internet Explorer if needed
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;318378
< Message edited by hwaldron -- 7/11/2004 9:12:21 AM >
 
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    rporter

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    RE: How to Recover from an Internet Explorer hijacking Monday, July 12, 2004 10:21 AM (permalink)
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    If you are still having trouble, the guys at http://computercops.biz will let you upload an HijackThis log and analyze it for you. QUite the helpful bunch.
    < Message edited by rporter -- 7/12/2004 10:21:51 AM >
     
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      RE: How to Recover from an Internet Explorer hijacking Monday, July 12, 2004 7:47 PM (permalink)
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      Thanks for sharing an additional site for spyware analysis.
       
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        RE: How to Recover from an Internet Explorer hijacking Thursday, July 29, 2004 12:19 PM (permalink)
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        But Harry, how could you forget two of the most important websites? Check these:

        Dealing with Unwanted Spyware and Parasites

        Part of the MVP website: A Troubleshooting Guide to Windows XP


        Another MVP site:
        THE PARASITE FIGHT, which is part of: Windows Support Center
        < Message edited by jbouman -- 7/29/2004 12:20:00 PM >
        Jurren Bouman
         
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          RE: How to Recover from an Internet Explorer hijacking Tuesday, August 10, 2004 9:12 AM (permalink)
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          Hi Jurren - Thanks for the additional links
           
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            RE: How to Recover from an Internet Explorer hijacking Tuesday, December 01, 2009 10:15 PM (permalink)
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            Hello

            I think your dns sever is changed. Please reset it by following commands in command prompt.

            ipconfig /flushdns

            netshwinsock reset

            Regards

            techanu
             
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              RE: How to Recover from an Internet Explorer hijacking Wednesday, December 09, 2009 12:27 PM (permalink)
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              Please refer this tool...

              http://www.gmer.net/
               
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                RE: How to Recover from an Internet Explorer hijacking Saturday, March 13, 2010 9:31 AM (permalink)
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                HijackThis
                - It's a best tool for us to detect risks from spyware and virus. Besides, You can handle a virus without use any antivirus software.
                 
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