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  1. #1
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    Can anyone help me please?

    I have some kind of "Hijacker" software on my computer. I am not a technical person. The symptons are that a web page is opened with no input from me. The sites are ad sites , often selling internet security products or ringtones. The most common URL I see is www.loadingwebsite.com.......etc which then defaults to an ad site.

    I have had endless advice but I cannot seem to get rid of it.

    So far I have run/used to try to get rid of it:

    McAfee Anti virus & anti spyware (I have McAfee Internet Security Suite installed)
    A DOS anti virus routine provided by McAfee
    MS Anti Spyware (beta)
    SpyBot
    CWShredder
    Ad-Aware SE
    Registry Mechanic

    and probably some I can't remember.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Many Thanks.


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    You've certainly used the best programs out there, I'm surprised none got this thing.

    Have you looked in your Add/Remove programs for any suspicious applications and also in the Program Files folder? it's gotta be in either of these places.

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    Can't find anything in Add/Remove programs.

    I was advised to check out this technical forum :

    http://www.techsupportforum.com/showthread.php?t=35414

    It identifiess the problem but the proposed solution frightens the hell out of me!

    Anyone know anything simpler?

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    That is scary. Can you post a list of your running processes here?

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    I had this problem after having Windows XP Media Center on my pc, which has SP2 with it.

    I tried literally ALL antivirus, spam and spyware utils and couldn't get rid of it!

    I have now reinstalled it and am not using Internet Explorer lol

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    lol waj, so your juice comes down to IE :lol:

    I'm using IE, have been using it since forever, never had this one. Of course unless if you go to bad sites

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    just a suggestion.... when I had that problem, my spyware programs found one of the culprits in safe mode that was not showing up in normal mode.
    Did you try running the scan in safe mode?
    Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.

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    with a little "googling" I have found several, actually more than several pages that refer to www.loadingwebsite.com being associated to coolwwwsearch.bootconf
    are you finding anything similar to that in your scans?
    Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.

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    Thanks for the suggestions guys. I will try the ones I am able to.

    Don't forget I am a non-techie - how do I post a list of my running processes?


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    You'll have to manually type the service names, you can't copy/paste that information I believe. But to see the running services, simply press CTRL+SHIFT+ESC to bring up the task manager.

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