Stuck in Adware Hall of Mirrors, Please Help
January 10, 2010 6:47 PM Subscribe
Another malware/adware problem - and this one is blocking me from getting to sites that might help.
posted by Miko to computers & internet (15 answers total)
Last night I stupidly clicked on a short-url video link in a Facebook email. I know, I know, but it was from a friend who just had a baby and I made the assumption it was a video of her and the baby, which I wanted to see. I no longer have the URL, having deleted the email as fast as I could.
Evidently not fast enough. Today I have a redirect problem, and also some popups.
I'm running FF 3.5.7 and Windows XP with Service Pack 3 on a five-year-old Dell Pentium 4.
I have Malwarebytes and have run it - it found several things but did not eliminate the problem. My last Malwarebytes update is from August 2009, though. And when I try to check for new updates, I get an error message that it could not check.
When I try to go to the website for malwarebytes for updates, my browser is redirected.
The same is true for any other spyware/malware/adware site I know of. The browser redirects to either an ad site, a FF block page, or a different site that is ostensibly selling adware protection, though not the one I was trying to access and certainly not one I trust.
So I feel stuck. I'm not sure how to get around the redirecting to get the updates I'm sure I need. I tried in IE too, and it acts the same way.
Thanks in advance for any help you can offer. Ugh.