Hy everyone, 2 days ago i installed a bad program which destroyed my entire system. At first Bitdefender warned me that is a dangerous file. But i needed the program so m… (閱讀更多)
Hy everyone, 2 days ago i installed a bad program which destroyed my entire system. At first Bitdefender warned me that is a dangerous file. But i needed the program so much , the comments arownd were so promicing .. and so - i turned off the Bitdefender antivirus.
During the installation, i saw that it tries to install a lot of stuff - unrelated to what i wanted - like browser addons, video converters, pc optimizers, bitcoin miners etc - was a hole bundle of them maybe 8 or 10, many pages), i declined everything - and by the end - the decline button was disabled - basically it was forcing me to install some bullshit program. Because of that, I close down the installation. Nothing to worry right? I immediately checked the task manager - nothing strange.. just the usual programs running..
But surprise!! It got installed anyway - in the background somehow - after not more that 8-10 minutes. ( I received a windows notification). I do this all the time. But i felt this was different - I freaked out - i navigated to the Downloads folder, in order to scan the install. I figured that by doing this, the antivirus was able to detect the way virus worked - the pattern of action - and remove it even after it was installed . I've done this a couple of times before and it worked like a charm.
But another surprise - which is more curious - the virus Deleted his own install, form the Downloads folder!! Both of them, because i download'it twice. So i was not be able to track it down.
Using IOBIT software - I uninstalled all the 7 or so - recent programs that i recognize as not being mine. Deep detection registers all of that. Iobit has even a extra antivirus which wasn't able to detect anything more.
This takes like 10-13 minutes. At the 15 minute mark Bitdefender turned on the protection automatically as previously set.. He also detected some corrupt files, and after a deep scan and some fixes - i got the message - the system is clean.
Except was not - Chrome and Firefox had this hohosearch as first page. I bought SpyHunter, which after almost 3 hour deep scan, was able to find 4000 or so - corrupt entities including HoHoSearch and Yes-search, and some other names hard to memorize - which were specifically targeting the browsers and the internet experience. After clicking " Fix all the issues " - my System crashed. I wasn't able to open any browser, no system explore, no task manager. I cliched everything, but nothing happened. 4-5 restarts. Nothing. I figured that SpyHunter is very good at identifying and fixing - but is so much better at breaking. Even after i imported the previously saved registers and have done 2 system restores nothing worked. Something was badly corupted.
All the above happened on a windows 7 professional. I decided to install a fresh copy of Windows 10 and with that, I formatted the entire hardware. SO there is Nothing to tie back to the first system.
Now Chrome works as expected. The first time i opened Firefox - it works as expected. Next, I logged into my account, to get the bookmarks.
But after the system was synchronized: Surprise - the hohoSearch is back again!!
HoHoSearch it's not present in Adons, It's not present In Extensions. But now, I know for sure that is somehow saved in the Firefox profile on the cloud - and it got on my system again - after synchronization.
This time is not that bad - i mean is not spreadable - is just a small chunk of the bundle with which it came. The Crome browser still works fine. But please, can you show me how to rely get rid of it in Firefox??
It has a uninstall button on the bottom right as you can see in the image attached below.. But I don't trust that.
Just because it will not bother me with the hohosearch first page next time i open Firefox - it doesn't necessarily mean it's out.
Maybe is recording my entire search experience. No way to tell. Considering what hassle i gone trough on windows - 3 antivirus software finding different stuff each, and no one being able to nail the hole thing... It's reasonable to be skeptic at this point.
So this is why i asked this question here. The people who build this are rely smart and rely dangerous.
I don't trust their "too easy to find" uninstall button, and i need expert help to tell me what should i do. To asure that is rely out. I usualy help myself - but deleting my Firefox profile from the cloud - is not an option at this point.
I tried to give you as much info as i could. Thank you in taking the time to read and respond to my question.