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Possible malware hijacking Windows proxy set


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I have had a weird issue for the last few days, and the issues are usually all or some of the below:

  1. When I search for something (address bar or from the website), Google search tries to load, redirects to a very old version of search. Even the results are not very accurate sometimes.
  2. Reverse image search in Chrome (Search Google for image) redirects me to this strange website "https://cse.google.com/cse/home?cx=017628126614017098810:c2rlwcsnsbe", with the word "Overclock.guru" written there.
  3. Searching for any address in Maps gives me "Server error. Please try again later."
  4. News and Videos tabs in Google search result in a 403.

The underlying problem is stemming from some malware that's hijacking the proxy settings in Windows. In Chrome settings -> Show advanced options -> Manage proxy settings -> LAN settings, (which can also be accessed through Windows Settings): it's causing "Automatically detect settings" to be unchecked and instead directing it to "http://ɴ.net/proxy.pac". Every browser has the same issues in the computer.

A full scan and clean using Malwarebytes Threat Scan fixed the issue for me once, but it came back after a restart and now Malwarebytes doesn't detect anything. Does anyone know how to fix something like this once and for all? Has anyone faced similar issues before? Help would be appreciated!

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