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Invalid URL displaying malware window

  1. #11



    BSOD Kernel Dump Analyst
    Posts : 2,274
    Windows 10 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by cipals15 View Post
    Check your IE's default SEARCH ENGINE, default homepage and add-ons. The "search" button looks like a bing copycat.

    You can also try scanning your computer with Trend Micro Internet Security or the latest version of Malwarebytes.
    The latest version of MBAM gave no result and the settings are already checked.

    Fordtman, try online scanners if you haven't already when you're seeing that page.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1


    My apologies for the delayed reply, I have been running some diagnostic and fixes suggested by Malware but no luck so far.
    MCPlayer, thanks for the reply. Sorry it was a typo, I did run Vipre and deleted the temp files as you suggested but no result though.
    Axe0: the offending page seemed to have something to do with the malware cdn.adsrvmedia.net so I ran Adwcleaner earlier but it did not remove the malware. I also ran a few other cleaners suggested by Malware (Farbar, JRT, DrWeb). I installed Chrome and found that the malware does not occur on Chrome, only on IE. When I set Chrome as my default browser a new malware message appeared informing me that IE was not my default browser so IE has definitely been hacked. Removing IE and reinstalling may cured the problem but are far as I am aware all you can do is turn IE off in Windows 8.1, that stops the malware appearing but doesn't remove it.
    The malware appears to come from an advertising website shown in the attached file.
    I think I am going to have to blow Windows 8.1 away and re-install.
    Invalid URL displaying malware window Attached Files
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  3. #13



    BSOD Kernel Dump Analyst
    Posts : 2,274
    Windows 10 Pro


    Try adware removal tool.
    (no link via mobile)
    It terminates almost every process and removes all the adware it knows. Be aware that it may remove too much if you haven't terminated enough before using it.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1


    Axe0 thanks for the pointer to Adware Removal Tool, unfortunately they are updating their software and it won't be available for another week. This malware is really embedded into IE and as I am running Windows 8.1 I can't delete IE completely and re-install it from scratch I can only turn it off and when I turn IE back on after a reboot etc the malware reappears (this is a Microsoft "feature"). I could run Chrome and just leave IE turned off but because application access to IE at a low level is still available who knows what is going on behind the scenes. I am going to re-install Widows 8.1 from scratch as it seems to be the only way to get rid of the malware.

    Anyway thanks everyone for your help, it was much appreciated.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1


    Had to resort to a re-install of Windows 8.1 to remove IE hack. My computer is now clean. Thanks All.
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