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SVM 286
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   3rd Feb 13 at 11:22   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Good morning Ladies and Gents.

I'm rather selfishly after some assistance/knowledge regarding something that i've completely stupidly and inadvertantly downloaded to my own personal and very new laptop.

When hunting for the Christmas edition of Doctor Who in early January, I attempted to open a streaming file of the show.

The site I was on, told me I needed what I believe was called 'Illivid' software to open or download the file.

Like an idiot I did so and not only didn't receive the show to watch, but unknowingly invited this 'searchnu.com/406' thing to sneak in under the radar and attach itself to my search engine.

Now every time I try to open Internet Explorer or Chrome, this damn searchnu thing opens.

From what i've read, it's classed as a search engine hijacker rather that a conventional virus and this is why my Norton 360 won't touch it. I've done a full scan and it's still there every time without fail on both Chrome and I.E

I'm pretty worried as i've also read that it's either a form of spyware, and/or can invite mallware & spyware onto one's computer.

I've tried uninstalling everything from that date and around that date that isn't essential to the operation of the computer, but sadly to no effect.

There seems to be a lot of misleading info on the net, so I thought i'd try you folks as i've been on here for years and trust the site implicitly.

I would under normal circumstances have dashed down to PC World and paid them to remove it as i'm obviously too thick to deal with it myself, but I lost my job on Thursday and am still hugely in debt after Christmas and am not signing on either so i'm too skint to pay PC World anything.

Sorry for the great long essay, but I wanted to clarify as best I could, in one go.

Thanks very much in advance for any assistance that any of you guys and gals can render.

Cheers, Jim.
SVM 286
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3rd Feb 13 at 11:24   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Oh and btw, I already searched the name of this hijacker thing on the CS search button and no results came up, hence me starting a new topic.
Cheers again.
Sam
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3rd Feb 13 at 11:34   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Sorry to hear about your job mate.

Have you tried to uninstall the iLivid thing from Control Panel?
SVM 286
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3rd Feb 13 at 12:15   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Afternoon Sam Cheers Chief. I did indeed do that straight away. Annoyingly it made no difference.

There seems to be loads of people having the same problem. Some people have had it stuck on their PC for months.

From what reading i've done, there's some contradictory info out there, plus there's some really dodgy sites that can actually make the problem worse as they offer a downloadable solution that is basically spyware/malware.
Dave
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3rd Feb 13 at 12:24   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Have you changed the homepage on Chrome/IE back to the default setting?
SVM 286
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3rd Feb 13 at 12:38   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Sorry Dave. I'm a proper f*ckwit. How do I do that sir?
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3rd Feb 13 at 12:42   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

In IE it's Tools > Options, Chrome you click on the rightmost toolbar button (it has three horizontal looking lines on it) and go to Settings, it's under the 'appearance' section.
Dave
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3rd Feb 13 at 12:48   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

As Sam said, you will be able to set the search engine back to Google there as well.
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3rd Feb 13 at 12:51   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Ah ha. Nice one gents.

I will endeavour to attempt this now.

I am uber stupid at present though as am currently on strong prescription pain killers and Valium, owing to nerve damage in my back, so it may take me a while and a few attempts.
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3rd Feb 13 at 12:56   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Doesn't make any difference, my girlfriend did this mistake too
Dave
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3rd Feb 13 at 13:00   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

If that fixes it download some sort of malware programme like Malwarebytes and search for how to fully remove it, it seems there could be a bit to do to get rid yet.
SVM 286
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3rd Feb 13 at 13:00   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by Sam
In IE it's Tools > Options, Chrome you click on the rightmost toolbar button (it has three horizontal looking lines on it) and go to Settings, it's under the 'appearance' section.


I think i've sorted Chrome Sam. But I don't know for certain if it's totally removed.

As far as IE, where do I need to go after 'Options' Sir?
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3rd Feb 13 at 13:01   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by Simon_16v
Doesn't make any difference, my girlfriend did this mistake too


Oh shit. Is she still stuck with it Simon?
Dave
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3rd Feb 13 at 13:04   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by SVM 286
quote:
Originally posted by Sam
In IE it's Tools > Options, Chrome you click on the rightmost toolbar button (it has three horizontal looking lines on it) and go to Settings, it's under the 'appearance' section.


I think i've sorted Chrome Sam. But I don't know for certain if it's totally removed.

As far as IE, where do I need to go after 'Options' Sir?


Under the general tab there should be an option to set your homepage.
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3rd Feb 13 at 13:06   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by Dave
Have you changed the homepage on Chrome/IE back to the default setting?


This is an interesting Point Dave. When I was trying to sort Chrome just now, the 'Reset to default theme' icon under 'appearance' in 'settings' isn't highlighted and won't do anything when I click on it.
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3rd Feb 13 at 13:12   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Balls! Chrome isn't sorted. Just shut everything down and reopened Chrome. It still opened on Searchnu. It's like bloody AIDS.

Can't understand why it won't bugger off.
Dave
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3rd Feb 13 at 13:21   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

They can be really stubborn, sometimes resetting your homepage isn't enough but it's an easy place to start.

On Chrome, go to settings, under "on startup" select "open a specific page", set this to whatever you want, Google should do, under "search" set the search engine to Google. Restart chrome and go back to these settings, see if they have stayed the same.
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3rd Feb 13 at 13:43   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Thank you Dave. I'll try that now.
adiohead
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3rd Feb 13 at 13:43   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I have removed iLivid from a friend's laptop.

It's a pain but you can remove it. I followed the steps on this site:
http://www.malwareremoval.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=57145

and this site:
http://community.trendmicro.com/t5/Malware-Discussions/Removing-iLivid-amp-Searchqu/td-p/83894

Ran scans in both normal mode and safe mode. too.
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He returns!
SVM 286
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3rd Feb 13 at 14:03   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Thanks adiohead sir

I just tried to read those links and my head nearly exploded though.

Is it not a little suspicious though that one of the posters on one of those forums is a dude who claims to be from searchnu and is 'there to help'.

I've seen this on other forums whilst searching the problem yesterday and they always have a suspiciously low post count, like 1 post for instance.
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3rd Feb 13 at 14:07   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

BTW, you boys are all bloody geniuses. Thanks so much for taking the time to help. It's really cool of you all.

This is why I love CS.

Ian really seems to have brought together a massive group of decent and likeminded individuals who are invariably ready, willing AND able to assist each other at the drop of a hat.

Bloody brilliant place to be.
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3rd Feb 13 at 14:07   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Oh and hi Gaz
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3rd Feb 13 at 14:10   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by SVM 286
Thanks adiohead sir

I just tried to read those links and my head nearly exploded though.

Is it not a little suspicious though that one of the posters on one of those forums is a dude who claims to be from searchnu and is 'there to help'.

I've seen this on other forums whilst searching the problem yesterday and they always have a suspiciously low post count, like 1 post for instance.


yeah, forgot to say, ignore that guy from iLivid (but use the scanner in the second link). iLivid hides in the registry and everywhere (changes a few dll files too) so that when you think it's gone it'll pop back up. I ran all those tools plus spybot in start up mode, malwarebytes in safe mode, etc, etc.

It'll eventually go once you've found all the hijacked files. The only other suggestion is to backup, format and re-install windows. But for a few hours of scanning I'd just remove it.

[Edited on 03-02-2013 by adiohead]

[Edited on 13-02-2013 by adiohead]
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3rd Feb 13 at 14:20   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

What's a dll file btw?

And I take it that I should refrain from any transactions etc (such as renewing my premium account) until i'm certain that all this crap is gone?

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