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Strange URL in new tab

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Strange URL in new tab

New tabs are no longer displaying thumbnails, nor are they blank. It shows me this strange URL in the site bar: http://www.[r;;iåvÞyevq¾qîx»ò No idea what this means, but might be related to this: I recently had a run in with a malicious piece of software called bProtector. It was enabling some kind of "Search Protection" which prevented me from changing settings on Firefox. I managed to disable/delete most of the program, and aside from the above glitch, Firefox is working normally again. However, the folder and some similar files still remain on my computer. Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware programs seem to be ignoring it, and when I try to delete the folder, it says the files are open in another program.

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Re: Strange URL in new tab

This could be due to the Trojan attack on your computer. If you feel that the computer has completely recovered from the attack because of the Antivirus Software installed, We would recommend you to reinstall Firefox.

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Re: Strange URL in new tab

Check if there is a SearchSettings.exe program running on your computer.

Try to reset some preferences to the default with the SearchReset extension:

Note that the SearchReset extension only runs once and then uninstalls automatically, so it won't show on the "Firefox > Add-ons" page (about:addons).

If you do not keep changes after a restart then see:

Do a malware check with some malware scanning programs on the Windows computer.
You need to scan with all programs because each program detects different malware.

Make sure that you update each program to get the latest version of their databases before doing a scan.

You can also do a check for a rootkit infection with TDSSKiller.

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