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Proxy Hi-Jack - Can't disable network proxy, loopback proxy auto resets

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My computer's network settings has been hi-jacked by something that is undetectable.

My system:

X64 Windows 8.1

The problem:

When trying to browse the web on chrome, Firefox or ie explorer it says unable to connect to the proxy server... I know for a fact I'm connected to the internet though, because I launched tor and was able to browse the web through the Tor Firefox browser for about 15 minutes... and then something strange happened, tor lost connection and can no longer connect to the internet due to some kind of proxy issue... so that's when I started to think something was very fishy...

I looked in my network settings, and found in my proxy settings the following:

use a proxy server: (checked)

Address: http=;https=

Port: (left blank)

use the proxy server except for addresses that start with the following entries:



I tried to uncheck the settings only to find that it resets itself immediately.

I even tried to do the http://localhost/proxy.pac thing...

No luck

I even went in the registry and changed the internetsettings to disable the proxy through registry...

In the registry settings it had all of the proxy settings that I saw being used in my network settings, and after deleting that, the proxy settings were still reseting itself...

I decided to run some scans, malwarebytes full system scan... it came up with several things, I hit fix and successfully removed all of the problems that showed up. I then restarted...

No luck, still having the proxy error... so I then ran the rootkit scanner, didn't find anything that looked suspicious.

I then ran spybot search and destroy, only found two things, removed them, restarted, still no luck. Now I'm getting desperate and I need help, I've never experienced anything like this before.

What do I think caused this?

So I'm almost positive I know what the cause of this issue is.

After downloading an iOS bypass program because I was looking to jailbreak my new iPhone, I accidently hit agree on one of the installation pages which installed several behind the scene programs... I was able to uninstall all of them afterwards through "uninstall program", however one of the programs called RocketTab, which would pull up suggested related items when hovering over images online, seemed to create a problem...

I uninstalled rocket tab through "uninstall programs", restarted, and then immediately afterwards I started to get the "proxy error" whenever I would try to browse the web with any browser.


I need help desperately. I haven't been able to fix it myself, so this is now beyond the scope of what I can do. I've looked on other similar forum topics, and I've surmised that this problem is likely highly particular to my machine, so I need the help of someone.

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Welcome to the forum. (Do what you can)

General P2P/Piracy Warning:


1. If you're using Peer 2 Peer software such uTorrent, BitTorrent or similar you must either fully uninstall it or completely disable it from running while being assisted here.

2. If you have illegal/cracked software (MS Office, Adobe Products), cracks, keygens, custom (Adobe) host file, etc. on the system, please remove or uninstall them now and read the policy on Piracy.

Failure to remove such software will result in your topic being closed and no further assistance being provided.




1. Please run a Threat Scan with Malwarebytes (if possible)

Start Malwarebytes 2.0.........

Click on Settings > Detection and Protection > Non-Malware Protection > PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) detections > Make sure it's set to Treat detections as malware

Same for PUM (Potentially Unwanted Modifications)

Quarantine all that's found

Post the log (save the log as a .txt file not .xml)


2. Please download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) and save it to a folder.

(use correct version for your system.....Which system am I using?)

FRST <----for 32 bit systems

FRST64 <----for 64 bit systems

  • Double-click to run it. When the tool opens click Yes to disclaimer.
  • Press Scan button. (make sure the Addition box is checked)
  • It will make a log (FRST.txt) in the same directory the tool is run. Please copy and paste it to your reply.
  • The first time the tool is run, it makes also another log (Addition.txt). Please attach it to your reply.
If the logs are large, you can attach them:

To attach a log:

Bottom right corner of this page.


New window that comes up.



3. Please download and run RogueKiller 32 bit to your desktop.

RogueKiller<---use this one for 64 bit systems

Which system am I using?

Quit all running programs.

For Windows XP, double-click to start.

For Vista or Windows 7-8, do a right-click on the program, select Run as Administrator to start, & when prompted Allow to run.

Wait for the Prescan to finish

Click Scan to scan the system.

When the scan completes > Don't Fix anything! > Click on the Report Button > Copy and paste the Report back here.

Don't run any other options, they're not all bad!!!!!!!

RogueKiller logs will also be located here:

%programdata%/RogueKiller/Logs <-------W7

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\RogueKiller\Logs <-------XP

(please don't put logs in code or quotes and use the default font)



Please read all of my instructions completely including these.

Make sure system restore is turned on and running. Create a new restore point

Make sure you're subscribed to this topic: Click on the Follow This Topic Button (at the top right of this page), make sure that the Receive notification box is checked and that it is set to Instantly

Removing malware can be unpredictable...unlikely but things can go very wrong! Backup any files that cannot be replaced. You can copy them to a CD/DVD, external drive or a pen drive

<+>Please don't run any other scans, download, install or uninstall any programs while I'm working with you.

<+>The removal of malware isn't instantaneous, please be patient.

<+>When we are done, I'll give to instructions on how to cleanup all the tools and logs

<+>Please stick with me until I give you the "all clear".

------->Your topic will be closed if you haven't replied within 3 days!<--------

If I don't respond within 24 hours, please send me a PM

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