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This Virus Hit Me. It May Hit You

Written by Gary North on November 30, 2012

I think it’s the Shopping-Sidekick virus. Let me describe it.

It creates hot links in your browser. You click a highlighted link on a website, and you are taken to an ad page.

On my site, GaryNorth.com, I have a live link on the home page: current gold price. It takes you to my site’s gold price page. (You can also access it on the Tea Party Economist’s masthead: Check Gold’s Price.)

Now the words current gold price are highlighted on my screen. It is a hot link. When I click it, it takes me here:


The thing affects just about all websites I visit.

When I am writing an article on my site, sometimes a link will appear in my text file. It does not wait until I have posted it.

I have not yet found a way to remove it.

If you get hit and then find a removal tool that removes it, let me know. I will post an article on it. Send me a note. Just click the link. A pre-addressed email will pop up. Put Virus Removal in the subject box.



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4 thoughts on “This Virus Hit Me. It May Hit You

  1. This page makes it sound like a browser plugin of some sort.

  2. malwarebytes anti-malware (whatever) versio Pro.

    Works great for me. No I don’t work with or for them, no I won’t make anything if you check them out. I’ve used it for years and love it. The pro scans more areas deeper and the prevention tool pops up and warns you if something you’re looking at is fixin’ to hit you with malware.

  3. I got a Google 'redirect' or malware virus that I couldn't remove with at least 10 different antiviral programs. I tried AVG, Avira, Malware Bytes, Norton, Mcafee, Kaspersky, Reghunter, SpyBot, ComboFix, Adaware, GooredFix, and even some others. None could find the problem. (AVG did, but after 'removing' it and rebooting, the problem reappeared) The redirect went away temporarily if I disabled JAVA script in Mozilla but that wasn't a viable solution.

    After two days and at wits end, I tried Prevx 3.0. I did not like that they required you to undergo an online scan and if anything was found, buy a one year subscription for $34.95 to remove it.

    I did this only after reading reviews online (e.g., CNET, and PC Magazine) and a neighbor already had the program and vouched for it. It did work which was a HUGE relief and I have it in on five computers now. So far, after two months, I haven't had any issues with any of them. Two months is a short period of time for a review but as I said, it did work when nothing else did.

  4. Some malevolent software will prevent Malwarebytes (and others) from working. To get around that, hold the power button down on your computer until it is forced off, or just pull the electric cord. Then turn the computer back on and select "safe mode with networking." (If you know the proper key on your computer, you can just reboot the computer and hold down the proper function key to force the safe mode menu to appear.) This will keep the bad software from running. Then you can run Malwarebytes and get results. The "with networking" selection is to allow Malwarebytes to get its updates. After Malwarebytes has found everything and done its work, reboot your computer as normal. Malwarebytes will finish up, and everything should be fine.