I have a possible virus that has taken over my machine over the past 6 months or so. I say possible because I didn't realize it could be a virus
What's been going on is all ads, and I mean ALL ads from all sources in any browser, are blocked. Not just blocked--they're simply non-existent.
About the only thing I can see are the links for ads that come up in the first search results but I cannot click on them, they go nowhere. I don't
see any advertising in Youtube videos, no flashy, annoying ads on this site and just nothing anywhere.
At first, I thought it was a browser setting and knowing that ad-blocking software is frowned upon for ATS, i tried to find out what might be going
on. Well, I use Opera and couldn't find anything anywhere that I may have checked or unchecked, but then I realize that I have the same issue in any
browser. I use Opera primarily but I also use FireFox, Chrome and IE for work (unfortunately.). This "problem" spans over any browser.
It's actually kind of nice. I can't fix it, I don't know what I did to cause it and, in all honesty, it really isn't that bad.
I have four
computers in my home, and it only occurs on my laptop.
Over the past couple of months, I have noticed a strange redirect issue when I try and click on a google link, like maybe one that someone posted in a
thread here. It will take me to google.com/webhp. It doesn't happen every time, just once in a while so I just paid it no attention.
Last night, it was happening again and I really wanted to see what was at a link but couldn't get to it. So I searched for this "webhp" redirect
issue and discovered it could possibly be a rootkit virus! Ouch.
But I'm not finding anything. I installed a few rootkit killer programs, have run antivirus, anti-spyware and have searched through my running
processes and just cannot find anything at all. I also haven't seen any nefarious actions against my machine, such as stolen passwords or account
hacking and my computer is running just fine.
Does anyone know how to find out if that's what I have and how to get rid of it? I've been messing around trying to solve this for hours and am
getting nowhere. I should also add I have tried running spyware and adware programs while in safe mode, and even in safe mode, I still get the
ad-blocking thing and redirect to the webhp thing happening.
I am running an older dell with Windows Vista, 32bit. Has anyone every encountered anything like this before? It's odd---yet not that bad. lol
That doesn't mean there's nothing sinister going on that I just haven't found out about yet, so I'd like to get rid of it, if in-fact it is a
virus. I just don't know where to look, I guess. Thanks in advance for any thoughts.