Computer infection quick fix

Font Size:

A commercial site hijacking his computer searches is driving YOURLifeChoices member Ivan nuts. Drew has a quick fix to banish this infection. 

Q. I am having a lot of trouble with hijacking. Nearly every time I click on a website lately it is hijacked on to a commercial advertising site. It is becoming so bad that I can hardly click on to any desired site. How do I overcome this problem?

A. Hi Ivan,

It sounds as though your computer has a fairly common virus that is used to generate traffic and revenue to websites around the world. The virus has measures in place that disable your ability to download programs that can detect and remove it. Follow the instructions below to remove the virus.

Using an un-infected computer visit and download Free – Trend Micro HijackThis to an usb flash drive.
Unplug your computer from the internet
Install HiJackThis on the infected computer
Run program, during which it will ask you to reconnect to the internet
The infection should now be removed

Written by Drew

Starting out as a week of work experience in 2005 while studying his Bachelor of Business at Swinburne University, Drew has never left his post and has been with the company ever since, working on the websites digital needs. Drew has a passion for all things technology which is only rivalled for his love of all things sport (watching, not playing).


Sign-up to the YourLifeChoices Enewsletter

continue reading


How to boost your gut health and immune system this winter

A healthy gut is key for overall health, and affects so much more than just our digestion. With links to...


Things people who grew up in the '70s will remember

If your childhood or teen years happened to fall in the 1970s, you probably have a lot of fond memories...

Food and Recipes

The favourites that send food lovers pie-eyed

Pies, pies, pies. For some of us it's the flaky pastry and gooey filling. For others, it's the firm shortcrust...


How much of a risk are microplastics?

Perhaps you've seen headlines saying we consume a credit card's worth of microplastics a week, or that microplastics have been...


Friends, family and Aunty Maud

Columnist Peter Leith has always been one to take time to talk, lobby and observe. In this true short story,...


Podcast with leading Melbourne podiatrist

They take you thousands of kilometres, but we probably look after our car tyres better than we look after our...


Travel SOS: When will cruising restart in Australia?

With the travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand set to reopen, will we see cruising restart earlier than expected?...


Air New Zealand's blueprint for post-COVID travel

Air New Zealand's trial a digital health pass on flights to Australia could be the blueprint for future digital 'vaccine...