MajorGeeks Support Forums

Go Back   MajorGeeks Support Forums > ----------= PC, Desktop and Laptop Support =---------- > Software
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Casino Mark Forums Read

Software Software such as operating systems like Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 etc., or specific programs.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 05-18-10, 11:07
mazaprin mazaprin is offline
Private E-2
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 11
Thanks: 1
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Internet explorer keeps opening pages by itself

I use IE 7 on my Pc and about the beginning od May IE went crazy for no apparent reason, it starts opening webpages by itself (or refreshing the same webpage), if you close it , after a few seconds the same webpage will open again. They are blank pages at first and then once they have loaded they are just the original page Iíve opened up.

It only happens in IE (Firefox, msn, yahoo and chrome are OK) and also from within AOL, it will open IE and go to the page I was trying to browse in AOL and keep opening up tab after tab and after a few tabs a blank page tab opens then it goes back to opening up the page I was trying to browse. Whatís interesting after closing it with Task Manager after a few seconds IE will reopen on its own and continue where it left off. This is maddening.
The only way to stop it is to reboot the PC or to log off from Windows and Log In again. I have Trend Micro Internet Security 2010, Spybot Search and Destroy and SuperantiSpyware and I have scanned my entire computer with each and they did not find any troyans or malwares or viruses at all.

This is the first time in ten years that I have been using different versions of IE that I see this strange issue. Many other people are posting the same complaint in other forums and to date nobody have found a solution. Some say it could be some virus named ďvunduĒ or the conflickr, other say it could be some bug due to a bad recent microsoft update for IE7 (some people even says that IE8 is having the same problem), others say that they are Chinese hackers. Nobody knows. Trend Micro even provided me with link to download their HiJackThis and I ran it and sent them the Log and they only found 2 or 3 suspicious hidden files but I clarified to them that these were valid files from legit applications that I have, so they could not find anything related to a virus or malware and they finally suggested me to contact Microsoft Tech Support since IE belongs to them. I went to Microsoft support Knowledge Base and there is nothing there about this issue (and you have to pay to call support or chat)

I would very much appreciate that If you have found the reason of this IE problem, or the culprit or the solution or fix, please share it with me.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored links
  #2  
Old 05-18-10, 11:33
collinsl's Avatar
collinsl collinsl is offline
MajorGeeks Rather Average Moderator
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Portsmouth, UK
Posts: 2,929
Thanks: 46
Thanked 430 Times in 400 Posts
Default Re: Internet explorer keeps opening pages by itself

Quote:
Originally Posted by mazaprin View Post
I use IE 7 on my Pc and about the beginning od May IE went crazy for no apparent reason, it starts opening webpages by itself (or refreshing the same webpage), if you close it , after a few seconds the same webpage will open again. They are blank pages at first and then once they have loaded they are just the original page I’ve opened up.

It only happens in IE (Firefox, msn, yahoo and chrome are OK) and also from within AOL, it will open IE and go to the page I was trying to browse in AOL and keep opening up tab after tab and after a few tabs a blank page tab opens then it goes back to opening up the page I was trying to browse. What’s interesting after closing it with Task Manager after a few seconds IE will reopen on its own and continue where it left off. This is maddening.
The only way to stop it is to reboot the PC or to log off from Windows and Log In again. I have Trend Micro Internet Security 2010, Spybot Search and Destroy and SuperantiSpyware and I have scanned my entire computer with each and they did not find any troyans or malwares or viruses at all.

This is the first time in ten years that I have been using different versions of IE that I see this strange issue. Many other people are posting the same complaint in other forums and to date nobody have found a solution. Some say it could be some virus named “vundu” or the conflickr, other say it could be some bug due to a bad recent microsoft update for IE7 (some people even says that IE8 is having the same problem), others say that they are Chinese hackers. Nobody knows. Trend Micro even provided me with link to download their HiJackThis and I ran it and sent them the Log and they only found 2 or 3 suspicious hidden files but I clarified to them that these were valid files from legit applications that I have, so they could not find anything related to a virus or malware and they finally suggested me to contact Microsoft Tech Support since IE belongs to them. I went to Microsoft support Knowledge Base and there is nothing there about this issue (and you have to pay to call support or chat)

I would very much appreciate that If you have found the reason of this IE problem, or the culprit or the solution or fix, please share it with me.
Just to be on the safe side I am going to refer you to our antivirus forum as this kind of activity does sound like malware to me. Please read this thread about the first steps you need to take: http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=35407
__________________
"Tombstone has two dance halls, a dozen gambling places and more than 20 saloons. Still, there is hope, for I know of two Bibles in town." -- Judge Wells Spicer in 1881
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-19-10, 01:42
pitviper's Avatar
pitviper pitviper is offline
Private E-2
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Internet explorer keeps opening pages by itself

IE is the worst at controlling unwanted influences from the 'Net, but before you jump a lot of hoops, make sure you've got IE as 'tight' as you can with on-board settings:
Tools> Internet Options> Privacy> Advanced:
here check 'Override automatic....'; 'Allow session cookies'; 'Allow 1st party cookies' & 'Block 3rd Party Cookies'.
Using IE (all flavors) and allowing "active scripting" is the single biggest mistake people make. "Drive by installs", "Opacity based attacks", and many other malware problems arise from this feature alone...(switch to Firefox).

Once those settings are made, then you can better root out other sources, like malware.

Be aware that many UK ISP's use 'phorm' data siphon methods to deliver ads, and that could be one source.

regards,
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-19-10, 05:32
Break_Da's Avatar
Break_Da Break_Da is offline
Sergeant
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: East Central Illinois
Posts: 457
Thanks: 58
Thanked 19 Times in 19 Posts
Default Re: Internet explorer keeps opening pages by itself

Quote:
Originally Posted by pitviper View Post
...Using IE (all flavors) and allowing "active scripting" is the single biggest mistake people make. "Drive by installs", "Opacity based attacks", and many other malware problems arise from this feature alone...(switch to Firefox)...
Quote:
Originally Posted by pitviper View Post
...use 'phorm' data siphon methods to deliver ads, and that could be one source...
Interested to learn or know more of your quotes above, any articles, attachments, readings, etc. you can send my way? thanks, cheers

(IM is open)

I have the cookie override already considered and known. There are more IE security practices too, I am interested in them... I have Firefox as well tia
__________________
AMD Phenom 9600B 2.4GHz Asus M2N68-AM Radeon HD5670 1GB
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Internet Explorer keeps opening up... brstephe Malware Removal 3 06-06-07 22:06
internet explorer-cant getencrypted pages bigkat42 Software 2 08-09-05 17:36
Internet explorer not loading pages properly streetburner Software 6 05-05-05 08:03
internet explorer wont open pages ale87 Hardware 1 01-15-05 15:59
Opening secured internet pages Pavelvinicky Software 9 12-17-04 15:59


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:49.

MajorGeeks.Com Menu

MajorGeeks.Com \ All In One Tweaks \ Android \ Anti-Malware \ Anti-Virus \ Appearance \ Backup \ Browsers \ CD\DVD\Blu-Ray \ Covert Ops \ Drive Utilities \ Drivers \ Graphics \ Internet Tools \ Multimedia \ Networking \ Office Tools \ NEW! PC Games \ System Tools \ Macintosh \ Demonews.Com \ Top Downloads

MajorGeeks.Com \ News (Tech) \ Off Base (Other Websites News) \ Way Off Base (Offbeat Stories and Pics)

Social: Facebook \ YouTube \ Twitter \ Tumblr \ Pintrest \ RSS Feeds


All content Copyright © MajorGeeks.com source code Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright © 2009 vBulletin Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved.
Ad Management by RedTyger