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My system got hijacked by some crap called Scour.com redirect. As a result, I can not perform any searches, and I cannot visit any sites not on my favorites. The thing that pisses me off, is I got this from a program I used years ago that was once legitimate (obviously not anymore).

I know there is info on this page....

http://deletemalware.blogspot.com/2011/07/how-to-remove-scour-uninstall-guide.html I just can't access what it says, so I don't know what to do to remove it. I also can't do anything to remove it that needs me to be online to do so, because I cannot do anything until it's gone.

If it helps, I am running Firefox on Windows 7. I have gone to program uninstall, and nothing is listed in the last week (this happened today), and it's something that needs to be changed through the registry I am assuming, but I don't know what to look for in regedit.

Ad Aware and Spybot are both not picking this up on a full scan, so they aren't helping at all.

If anyone could copy and paste the info needed from the page I provided, it would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Do a google search for "malwarebytes". Find it and download it. Install it and run it. Pretty sure it will solve your problems. It's free too and a good tool to have around.
 

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Do a google search for "malwarebytes". Find it and download it. Install it and run it. Pretty sure it will solve your problems. It's free too and a good tool to have around.
I would if I could. What happens if I do a Google search, is it redirects me to an ad site for this malware I'm trying to get rid of. Even if I manually type a site in, the entire URL, it redirects me. I can only access what is on my favorites list.
 

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What is this malicious program, that we need to be warned about ?
It's called Invoice Expert. My sister needed to use it to print up some invoices. I had used it for a while and never had a problem, but deleted it 2 years ago when I didn't need it anymore. Today when I went online and installed it, it came with this malware attached. And that was after passing through all of the pre-download filters and scans I had set up. It's the only change that's been made to my registry in over a week.

And out of curiosity, am I the only one here who received a bunch of weird visitor messages that make no sense? Go look at the messages on my public profile and see what I'm talking about.

I swear, it's like I'm in a bad movie, and nobody seems to see or experience any of this crap but me. I'm about ready to just throw my computer away and say screw it.
 

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Do you have any kind of back-up for the system? Malware Bytes is a good choice, it saved me one time. Once I had a similar problem and couldn't access anything Had to call an outfit I think was called Computer Geeks, they came right away but of course that cost some $$. That one was so bad they couldn't do anything but re-install Windows. Now I use an external hard drive and back up everything.
Best of luck,
B.
 

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If everything else fails, as long as you keep a complete backup of everything on a flash drive, along with your installation CD for your O.S. Then you're guaranteed it won't cost you anything to restore :)
 

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good advice from Fear...be aware there's malware and then there's malware you'll never know is there cuz it controls your system (ask the Iranians.... :) ...). there are tools (which are extensible) like ClamAV and Yara that can be used for malware analysis/discovery. some folks I know simply restore the OS once every 6 mos or so.

usual advice
- be aggressive on keeping all versions and patches up to date
- be careful what you click!
- don't enable services you don't need
- don't develop a false sense of security from these various tools
 
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Just delete the visitor messages. Those are just the result of spammers who are trying a new route to post links since we're all over the other methods they are trying. I've blocked newcomers ability to post visitor messages at all, so it shouldn't happen again.
 

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This is just a suggestion but it might save some of you guys. I have a USB key that I keep a number of useful utilities on. A lot of them are stuff I use for work but several are for disaster recovery. I keep things like Malwarebytes, Stinger, Spybot and a few others on there so that I have them handy in case something gets to my machine.

I use it more on customer sites than here at home but it has come in handy here more than once as well.
 

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This is just a suggestion but it might save some of you guys. I have a USB key that I keep a number of useful utilities on. A lot of them are stuff I use for work but several are for disaster recovery. I keep things like Malwarebytes, Stinger, Spybot and a few others on there so that I have them handy in case something gets to my machine.

I use it more on customer sites than here at home but it has come in handy here more than once as well.

excellent advice! first thing a forensic investigator has to do is keep pristine (i.e., trusted) binary images. if you want to go the full distance on this...the binaries should be statically compiled as well.
 

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This is just a suggestion but it might save some of you guys. I have a USB key that I keep a number of useful utilities on. A lot of them are stuff I use for work but several are for disaster recovery. I keep things like Malwarebytes, Stinger, Spybot and a few others on there so that I have them handy in case something gets to my machine.

I use it more on customer sites than here at home but it has come in handy here more than once as well.
That's great advice Neo. I will definitely be doing that.
 

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