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OK, I have about had it with this Google redirect, and also now I have gotten that "XP anti-malware 2011" virus or malware. Quite possibly have the anti malware issue resolved but not 100%. still have the Google redirect though. Thinking its been awhile since i formatted my PC so I am thinking I will do that, but will that definitely 100% get rid of any virus or malware I may have?

Been trying to get help from one of the hijack-this forums, but man they have so many posts, that it takes days to get a response. I am used to this site where normally you will have some kind of help within minutes, no matter the time of day. I guess this site has spoiled me, lol.

thx ahead

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I know your pain, Hijack-this forums are definitely intelligent in their field but they have to help so many people with similar situations that sometimes it's not even worth it to wait. You might have removed some of the viruses, but they still most likely have traces in the registry. Also, the redirecting may still be caused because the virus had set your homepage to it, if I'm understanding your problem correctly.

Honestly, best thing for you to do is reformat. You sound like you've been having a lot of trouble, and you also explained you now have gotten "XP anti-malware 2011"... which sounds like some nasty Rogue software. And additional viruses don't just appear out of the blue if you don't have a Trojan Downloader or something similar helping.

To answer your question, yes. Reformatting does deal with all of your issues and the viruses will NOT be there when you reinstall your operating system.
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Thx E-Penn, I was pretty certain it would fix it but need to hear it from someone else. Well I am off to formatting....
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has your hosts file been tampered with ???

Update and Run Malwarebytes in safemode with networking then run hijackthis and post the log here
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Did all that except posted my log to a different site. Just going to go ahead and reformat. It needs it anyway. About my host files, I really uave no idea if they were messed with. It's just time for a format anyway. Thx though.
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HHell I show up at Tue office to format this thing, boot t up and all I get is my wallpaper, no start bar and no icons. rebooing now of course.
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Google redirects are caused by BHO's, and if a program can't detect them, there's almost NO way to remove one without professional assistance.
Even running something like combofix may not be sufficient. The redirects are not in your internet explorer folder, nor are they caused by files that are resident in memory.

Registry surgery, stuff in autoruns (a file you can get from sysinternals.com), etc, may still not tell you what BHO is causing it.

About the only thing you can do without help, is to reinstall windows by OVERWRITING the old installation. A repair install will NOT fix the BHO's--they will still be there. It may be faster just to reinstall windows and reinstall your software, than to waste hours and hours trying to fix the bho's.

A partial clean install/half repair trick may or may not work. If the internet explorer registry is copied over from this, this may not work. But that method is to install windows clean, windows will back up your old users folders, then create another user account, and then create one with the same name as your original install that got infected. Thjen copy over the backed up user folder into the same folder/folder name as the original user, and then delete the extra user account, and then restart.

This will give you your desktop and most of your installed programs back, but whether you get the bad BHO's back or not, is anyone's guess. Most games will work, as they don't use drivers. Many applications and utilities will cry about not being activated or drivers missing, and will need to be reinstalled.
I had to do this months ago when I went to a website that was trying to install and run a trojan, and I pressed RESET in panic, which corrupted the registry, causing XP to BSOD even when trying to go into safe mode, and also prevented windows 7 from loading (W7 kept trying to go into recovery mode, but was unable to fix the problem). Repair install of XP STILL didn't fix it. Clean installed XP on top of itself and then did the "users" file hack to get most of my programs back, stopped me from having to reinstall hundreds of games, and then booting from the windows 7 DVD and having it repair the dual boot partition got W7 back up.
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Thx for the info Falk, but I did decide to just reformat and install a fresh copy if windows. Although everything is not installed yet, it seems to be much better except for one issue. When I click "my computer" it take it about 3-4 seconds to show what's in the window. That's started a couple week ago. Not sure why the hesitation.
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