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Old 02-09-2012, 10:25 AM
 
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Let me know if this is a virus or not. first of all, in mozilla if i type in Google. i get the message saying firefox cant find the server at Google. now in internet explorer, it defaults to domainhelp.search.com and it still does not work. yet, if i type in the ip, 74.125.xxx.xx. the site comes up normally. Google.com is the only site im having an issue with. i can get to all other sites. ive ran spybot, norton scan. still nothing. its set to obtain ip automatically. what else can i try here
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Old 02-09-2012, 11:22 AM
 
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Sounds like google hijack virus. Cant be sure though. Might just be a problem with your router or dns settings

While waiting for someone else to respond, how about running malwareybytes and MSE. Or you can get a head start and go post a hijack log on a website/tech forum that will help you out with the log. Something like Tech guys or something
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Old 02-09-2012, 11:42 AM
 
Location: 10110001010110100
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Well you could try START > RUN > (type) cmd > OK then in the black command line window type ipconfig /flushdns (notice the single space before /) then press ENTER.

Chances are, as Skel mentioned, you have a baddie on your system and use the aforementioned free scanners to scan the system but also take a look at your Hosts file to make sure it was not tempered with:
1. START > RUN or WINKEY + R
2. Type system32 > OK
3. Within System32 folder browse into Drivers and then etc folder.
4. Double-click on Hosts file (it has no extension) and select Notepad to open it with.
5. Make sure it look exactly like this:


6. If there is an discrepancy, make a note of it.
7. If it looks different, you could also replace yours with a clean copy I have attached to this post.

- First close all browser windows, then hide your existing Hosts file by naming it something like OLD_Hosts
- Then download the clean copy and place it in the same location
- Delete the .txt extension from the file name so it appears as Hosts
- If you cannot see the extension, you will need to enable it in Folder Options first.
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Old 02-09-2012, 03:01 PM
 
Location: 10110001010110100
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I forgot to mention, a very popular malware creates a Proxy entry within the browser which might be the cause, so check to see if another browser such as Firefox works fine or you can simply check the related setting in IE:
1. START
2. RUN
3. Type inetcpl.cpl ,4 (notice the space before the comma)
4. Click on LAN settings button
5. Check to see if there is a proxy entry (normally no home user uses one):



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Old 02-09-2012, 03:28 PM
 
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Surprised no one asked whether the OP can ping Google. OP, it may be a DNS issue if you cannot ping it.
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Old 02-09-2012, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Wasilla Alaska
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Surprised no one asked whether the OP can ping Google. OP, it may be a DNS issue if you cannot ping it.
The title says he can get there by IP. My money is on a hijacker.
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Old 02-09-2012, 06:43 PM
 
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The title says he can get there by IP. My money is on a hijacker.
Right... but he cannot get there by domain.... DNS request could be failing.
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Old 02-10-2012, 07:10 AM
 
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Doesent hurt to check. Anyways i still suggest posting a hijack log somewhere
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Old 02-10-2012, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Denver
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ipconfig /flushdns will probably do the trick
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Old 02-10-2012, 07:19 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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I think Turco is probably right. I've seen it happen. I also agree that running Malwarebytes is a good idea, but installing MSE might not be so good if Norton AV is installed. Unless you have some evidence of an infection, I don't see any benefit to posting a Hijack log.
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