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Internet Explorer 8 resetting proxy settings after virus removal.

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PC had a virus I used antimalwarebytes as well as hijackthis and cleaned it up. I see no other pieces remaining or running. However in internet explorer after the virus it has setting to use proxy server like most browser viruses do. So I changed setting back to not use a proxy server but after a day or so the setting comes up to use a proxy server. Its driving me mad.
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I would scan with Hitman Pro

http://www.surfright.nl/en/hitmanpro

And TDSSKiller:

http://support.kaspersky.com/viruses/solutions?qid=208280684

Then reset the hosts file with HostsXpert:

http://www.funkytoad.com/index.php?option=com_content&id=13

Good luck!!!
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on programs tab of internet options look for "manage addons" button.  In manage add-ons, if there are any BHO or browser helper object that you do not recognize, disable them.

If that doesnt work, you can also disable the proxy in the registry.


[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings]
"ProxyEnable"=dword:00000001

Change the ProxyEnable to zero, to disable the proxy.
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What have you cleaned the machine with?

If you havent used the below, I would try so.... You are still infected, probably with a Rootkit..... TDSSKiller above might even get it....

MalwareBytes
http://www.malwarebytes.org/

Hitman Pro
http://www.surfright.nl/en

Dr Web CureIt
http://www.freedrweb.com/cureit/?lng=en

NO security scanners detect everything..... Some infections take a multi pronged approach......

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dup link on Hitman Pro, sorry phototropic.... wasnt paying attention.....
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by:SteveeB
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try to reset IE to factory defaults

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/923737

To use the Reset Internet Explorer Settings feature from Control Panel, follow these steps:
Exit all programs, including Internet Explorer (if it is running).
If you use Windows XP, click Start, and then click Run. Type the following command in the Open box, and then press ENTER:
inetcpl.cpl
If you use Windows Vista, click Start. Type the following command in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER:
inetcpl.cpl
The Internet Options dialog box appears.
Click the Advanced tab.
Under Reset Internet Explorer settings, click Reset. Then click Reset again.
When Internet Explorer finishes resetting the settings, click Close in the Reset Internet Explorer Settings dialog box.
Start Internet Explorer again.
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Thanks for the info I ran the programs you suggested and it found a few lingering pieces of malware. After removing them it has been two days without resetting so I think it has been resolved.
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