How to Recover from an Internet Explorer hijacking

Author
hwaldron
Expert Member
  • Total Posts : 553
  • Scores: 270
  • Reward points: 0
  • Joined: 2002/09/12 07:56:47
  • Location: Roanoke VA, USA
  • Status: offline
2004/07/11 09:03:26 (permalink)
0

How to Recover from an Internet Explorer hijacking



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 >
#1

9 Replies Related Threads

    rporter
    Junior Member
    • Total Posts : 39
    • Scores: 1
    • Reward points: 18860
    • Joined: 2001/08/02 11:42:00
    • Location: Middle America
    • Status: offline
    RE: How to Recover from an Internet Explorer hijacking 2004/07/12 10:21:21 (permalink)
    4 (1)
    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 >
    #2
    hwaldron
    Expert Member
    • Total Posts : 553
    • Scores: 270
    • Reward points: 0
    • Joined: 2002/09/12 07:56:47
    • Location: Roanoke VA, USA
    • Status: offline
    RE: How to Recover from an Internet Explorer hijacking 2004/07/12 19:47:12 (permalink)
    0
    Thanks for sharing an additional site for spyware analysis.
    #3
    jbouman
    Starting Member
    • Total Posts : 2
    • Scores: 9
    • Reward points: 0
    • Joined: 2003/02/13 15:15:38
    • Location: The Netherlands
    • Status: offline
    RE: How to Recover from an Internet Explorer hijacking 2004/07/29 12:19:17 (permalink)
    5 (1)
    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
    #4
    hwaldron
    Expert Member
    • Total Posts : 553
    • Scores: 270
    • Reward points: 0
    • Joined: 2002/09/12 07:56:47
    • Location: Roanoke VA, USA
    • Status: offline
    RE: How to Recover from an Internet Explorer hijacking 2004/08/10 09:12:00 (permalink)
    0
    Hi Jurren - Thanks for the additional links
    #5
    techanu
    Starting Member
    • Total Posts : 18
    • Scores: 0
    • Reward points: 0
    • Joined: 2009/11/18 11:25:58
    • Status: offline
    RE: How to Recover from an Internet Explorer hijacking 2009/12/01 22:15:54 (permalink)
    0
    Hello

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

    ipconfig /flushdns

    netshwinsock reset

    Regards

    techanu
    #6
    techanu
    Starting Member
    • Total Posts : 18
    • Scores: 0
    • Reward points: 0
    • Joined: 2009/11/18 11:25:58
    • Status: offline
    RE: How to Recover from an Internet Explorer hijacking 2009/12/09 12:27:06 (permalink)
    0
    Please refer this tool...

    http://www.gmer.net/
    #7
    VHP_KLJ
    New Member
    • Total Posts : 3
    • Scores: 0
    • Reward points: 0
    • Joined: 2010/03/13 09:20:51
    • Status: offline
    RE: How to Recover from an Internet Explorer hijacking 2010/03/13 09:31:39 (permalink)
    0

    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.
    #8
    LizzieL
    New Member
    • Total Posts : 1
    • Scores: 0
    • Reward points: 100
    • Joined: 2015/07/19 18:35:26
    • Status: offline
    Re: How to Recover from an Internet Explorer hijacking 2015/07/19 18:57:15 (permalink)
    0
    Complete system hijacked; no admin rights, command prompt missing, hacker always one step ahead
    #9
    john563
    New Member
    • Total Posts : 5
    • Scores: 0
    • Reward points: 530
    • Joined: 2016/05/23 22:39:42
    • Status: offline
    Re:How to Recover from an Internet Explorer hijacking 2016/06/01 04:25:35 (permalink)
    0
    Really helpful post. Thank a lot.
    #10
    Jump to:
    © 2018 APG vNext Commercial Version 5.5