When I do a google search, I get a bunch of results. However, when I click on a link, it goes to a different webpage - not the one shown on the search page. Sometimes it comes up at scour.com.
I looked up scour.com on Wikipedia, which states that there is a "redirect virus" that is infecting my computer. It cited "Mozilla Support." So, I am asking the Mozilla Forum - How do I get rid of the virus? McAfee is not finding and removing it, and neither is Malware Bytes anti-malware software. Any suggestions?
Perhaps it could be one of your add-ons.
First, make a backup of your computer for safekeeping. To back up Firefox, see Backing up your information.
Next, try starting Firefox in Firefox Safe Mode. Be careful not to "reset" anything permanently if you didn't back up.
Does that fix it? If not, try creating a new (blank) profile: Managing profiles.
If none of that helps, then most likely it is an external program.
computing.net suggests that this set of redirects are caused by hosts file poisoning. You can read more and find instructions to fix by reading that post.
I was infected with it too. Hitman Pro 3 fixed the problem for me. You can download a trial version at http://download.cnet.com/Hitman-Pro-3-32-bit/3000-
I had a similar problem with a computer I was repairing. Browsing would be hijacked to scour.com and even some porn sites. Turns out it was a rootkit - Win32.TDSS (Alureon). I found it with TDSSKiller from Kaspersky Labs, but TDSSKiller couldn't get id of it. I was able to successfully remove it with ComboFix (http://www.combofix.org/download.php). Be careful with it's use, though. It is a very powerful program. Cheers,
I have been experiencing this same problem for a couple of months now (started December 2010) and just simply ignored the redirect (and refreshed the page) as a workaround.
Browsers affected: Internet Explorer 8 (32-bit, 64-bit, and 'no add-ons' versions), Mozilla Firefox 3.6.13, and Google Chrome 9.0.597.98
Once this finishes - you're all set!
Follow-Up/Review: I performed this fix one two machines. One Dell laptop (xps x16) running Windows 7 Home Premium, and a custom-built desktop running Windows XP Professional SP3. I have not experienced the problem AT ALL since running the fix.
There may be other applications out there that can solve your problem, but this has been the best one for 'easy of use' and keeps the user (you) from having to do anything but click on a link, save a file, and run said file.
I give ComboFix a 5-star review!
Hope this helps!
ZoneAlarm is reporting this (combofix) as a malicious file. Is this right?
Thank you! I downloaded and ran Combofix, and it took care of my scour hijack problem
Had the same problem. Couldn't run bleepingcomputer.com 's ComboFix tool as I had AVG installed and could not get AVG uninstalled.
Tried a number of virus scans but none picked up the cause of this.
1. Download and run the latest version of sysinternals.com autoruns.
2. Click on 'Options - Verify Code Signatures'.
3. Close and restart autoruns.
4. Goto the 'Everything' tab.
5. Go down the list and deselect all entries where the Publisher is listed as 'Not verified.
6. Reboot pc and test IE - search for 'IE redirect scour'. The link for this site should be near the top. If still infected with the scour bug, this link will not work.
7. From the list that you deselected, re-enable them one by one and reboot after each one and retest IE.
8. Foe me - this process identified the 'Canon BJ Language Monitor MP250 series' as the cause of the redirects. It is listed under 'HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Monit
Hope this helps some of you.
I've had to use combofix twice recenty, because of the scour redirect. The first time it worked like a charm. I set it aside for future use if necessary, and i'm glad i did. Last night I was hit with the Windows XP Repair virus. It hid my files and locked up everything. It even locked my ol' Inspiron 6000 in safe mode. Im glad to say that i was able to delete every last trace of the virus i could find, but my program directory in the start menu still came up empty. Well i googled it to see if i could find a fix and BAM!! Scour was back.
I ran Combofix again, to get rid of it, and it worked! again! only this time it had the added effect of restoring my programs to their proper place. I'm definitely thankful for this suggestion and will spread the good word.