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Could this be a virus?


I use the "Cleanup!" utility from stevengould.org.  However when I attempt to visit the website, my browser automatically changes "www.stevengould.org" to the following, and never completes loading (well after several moments I close the page because I'm worried about it).




Can you tell me what's going on?  I ran a malwarebyres scan which detected nothing.  I can easily reach the website from my tablet.


The problem occurs on my hp desktop pc running XP SP3, and happens in both IE 8.0 and Firefox 11.0.



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Hello and welcome back:


We can't work on malware diagnostics and removal in this sub-section of the forum.

So, for expert assistance, I suggest that you please follow the advice in this pinned topic: Available Assistance For Possibly Infected Computers.
It explains the options for free, expert help >>AND<< the preliminary steps to expedite the process.
A malware analyst will guide you through the scanning and cleanup process.



{{P.S. Firefox 11? That version was released in March 2012. The current version is 33.1.1. I sure hope you aren't really using such an old, insecure browser on a version of Windows that no longer receives security patches? Just saying.... :) }}

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Ok, thanks. 

I just booted this one up after quite a wile of not using it because my "good" computer left me unable to boot ("load needed dlls for kernel"), and I haven't figured THAT one out yet.  Maybe if I update the browsers that will fix me up...  I really hate computers. :)

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Well, if you're having serious problems with BOTH computers, you might want to follow the advice in my earlier reply.


If you do, please be sure to start a clearly labeled, SEPARATE, NEW topic in the correct forum area for each of the 2 computers.

In general, we recommend checking for malware first, over in the malware removal section (with the requested logs).

Once the helper there provides the "all clear", s/he may refer you to another area of the forum (e.g. PC Help), if other, non-malware issues need to be resolved.


Thanks again,

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