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    Exclamation problem with treasurenet redirecting to another site

    Everytime I try to visit treasurenet.com it redirects to xdtalk.com It does not matter if I click a bookmark, type the address in myself, or search and click a link. Does not work when I try to click on a subforum link either. Also have this problem with both IE and firefox. Tried clearing my cache. Worked for a little bit but that no longer works either. I have never visited xdtalk.com before this happened. I am visiting treasurenet now through a web proxy. Does anyone know how I can fix this? Thanks

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    It's owned by the same company as TNET is... Forum Foundry, I can tell ya that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by diggummup View Post
    It's owned by the same company as TNET is... Forum Foundry, I can tell ya that.
    Yeah I have already been in touch with mods of both forums and they are not sure what the problem could be either. No one else is having the problem as far as they know either so I think it must be a problem on my end.

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    It isnt being directed by TN or more members would be complaining about going there, your only one so far to report it... It is an issue on your pc for some reason.......

    What happens when you click on this link?

    http://www.treasurenet.com/index.php
    Last edited by Treasure_Hunter; Jul 05, 2013 at 04:18 PM.
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    It appears that I had a browser hijacker I picked up recently, anyway I uninstalled and reinstalled firefox, losing years of bookmarks, anyway hopefully things will work correctly now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krazyace View Post
    It appears that I had a browser hijacker I picked up recently, anyway I uninstalled and reinstalled firefox, losing years of bookmarks, anyway hopefully things will work correctly now.
    nevermind, it is not working again, I did get rid of the browser hijacker (conduit) but I still can not come to this site without using a web proxy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krazyace View Post
    nevermind, it is not working again, I did get rid of the browser hijacker (conduit) but I still can not come to this site without using a web proxy.
    How did you get rid of hijacker? If not done correctly you still have it.

    Maybe this will help.....

    Methods to Remove Conduit

    The purpose of this article is to give a number of steps to remove Conduit from the hard drive and browser (s), in particular the FireFox and Pale Moon browsers.* However, a few of the steps below can also be applied to the IE and others.

    Further, there is also some steps on blocking the Conduit Cookies.* But in time, new ways to install Conduit will be devised.* In the interim, the steps below can be repeated at anytime.

    Symptoms of Conduit:

    1.* Conduit appears in the url window of your browser after you execute a search.

    Example:** http://www.bing.com/search?q=google&...78&ShowAppsUI=

    2. Connectivity to the internet is slow, erratic and unstable,* and your computer continues to troubleshoot and resolve the intermittent connection with limited success.

    3. Webpages don’t pull up and instead show error messages like, “unable to find or connect to server”.


    Methods to seek and destroy:

    Below are 11 steps for eliminating the conduit contaminate from the hard disk, registry and browser(s).

    Step 1 – Uninstall Conduit Toolbar Program:

    Open add/remove programs control panel or program / features control panel
    Uninstall Conduit Toolbar or anything from Conduit, if it is listed
    Note: You may also have other programs, like freeware, that don’t state Conduit in its nomenclature, but are embedded with some kind code for conduit.* If so, these programs may be rendered useless after executing the additional steps provided below.
    Step 2 – Delete Conduit Folders, Files and Gifs from hard drive:

    Search your C drive for: conduit
    If results are produced, then simply send everything listed to the recycle bin and then empty the bin.
    Note1 :* The search results will produce individual listings of folders and files.* So if you delete the parent folder, don’t be surprised if the rest of the files inside it wont delete.* This is because they have already been deleted, when you deleted the parent folder(s).* Simply execute a refresh to see a revised list of the search.
    Note 2: The search results may also include items from IE’s history and IE’s cookies.* These items that are tagged with conduit can be deleted.
    Step 3 – Delete Conduit Registry Keys:

    Click on Start Button > Run > Regedit
    Next, click on Menu Bar > Find > Conduit > (select, keys, value and data) > click the Find Button
    If keys are found, then from inside the right hand panel right click on the sub-key,* select modify and erase the value/data, then click OK
    Next click F3 button to continue the search for Conduit. If there are more results, then repeat step above and erase their value/data.
    Upon completion of the search, simply Exit the registry editor and reboot.
    Note 1:* Depending on how conduit is installed on your system, there may not be any registry keys for it.
    Note 2: IE also stores its configuration data and typed urls in the registry.* So if any keys mention conduit, go ahead and erase their value / data.
    Recommendation:*Download / install RegAnalyzer freeware.* Launch, then click the Search Button. * Enter conduit in the search field, then tick/check all options for searching “except” for high speed.* Do not check the option to search high speed mode.* After results are displayed and searching has stopped, right click on items and select “DELETE“
    Step 4 – Delete Conduit from Browsing History:

    Open FireFox browser
    Click on History > Show all History >
    Next enter in the search field and execute the search for: conduit
    Delete all of the results on the list.
    Close window
    Internet Explorer

    Open Internet Options Control Panel
    Click on Settings Button under Browsing history section
    Click View Files button
    Enter in search window:* conduit
    Delete the resulting entries
    Note 1:* Because IE stores some cookies with the browsing history on the disk drive, the procedure above will was already accomplished via Step 2 above.* But executing this step is a double check for the conduit
    Step 5 – Remove Conduit Cookie:

    Open FireFox browser
    Click on Tools > Options > Security
    Go to Remove Individual Cookies
    Enter in search field: conduit
    Delete / remove all results
    Note:* Some of the results won’t have the word “conduit” embedded in them.* But they are coded and you should proceed to delete all the results listed.
    Internet Explorer

    Open Windows Explorer
    Click on Menu Bar Tools > Options > View > Show Hidden Folders and Files
    Next search your c drive for the hidden cookie folder by entering in the search field: Cookie
    Next, if you do have a cookie folder, then execute a sub search for conduit and delete items listed in the search results, if any.
    Note : Depending on the version of windows, you may or may not have an a specialty cookie folder
    Step 6 – Block Conduit Cookie’s:

    Open FireFox browser
    Click on Menu Bar Tools > Options > Security > Exceptions
    Enter the name of cookie: conduit.com
    Then click the Block Button
    Enter the name of cookie: search.conduit.com
    Then click the Block Button
    Enter the name of cookie: alert.services.conduit.com
    Then click the Block Button
    Enter the name of cookie: storage.conduit.com
    Then click the Block Button
    Next exit
    Note 1: For FireFox versions 10 and above, exceptions for blocking cookies is found via the* drop down listing “Custom Settings for History“
    Note 2: For IE, exceptions for blocking cookies is found via Internet Options Control Panel > Privacy Tab > Sites Button.* Use the steps above to block individual cookies.
    Step 7 – Remove browser add-ons and extensions:

    Open FireFox browser
    Click on Menu Bar > Tools > Add-ons
    Disable / Remove any Conduit Toolbar Extensions or Add-ons, if any.
    Note 1: For IE, Open browser and inspect the Add-ons via Tools > Manage Add-ons
    Note 2:* Also, disable anything mentioning JAVA’s.* And only re-enable Java when the webpage* requests it and you know its safe to do so.* Afterwards, disable JAVA add-on’s and inspect system, using Step 5 and Step 8.
    Step 8 – Remove Conduit Configuration Settings:

    Open FireFox browser
    Enter into the url field: about:config
    Enter in search field: conduit
    Modify and null out the values for each entry by:
    Highlight / Select individual item
    Press enter key
    Press delete key
    Press enter key
    Select next line item and repeat the nullification steps above
    When done, Close tab, Restart browser
    Note: For IE, the configuration settings are stored in the registry, which was cleaned out via Step 3 above.
    Step 9 – Run Spybot:

    It is unclear if Spybot Search and Destroy program targets Conduit. But I have sent them an email on adding conduit to their arsenal.* In the interim, running Spybot semi regularly will be helpful to eliminate spyware on your system.
    Step 10 – HiJackThis:

    Execute a scan for browser hijacks and see if any line items (particularly R0′s and R1′s) infer conduit.* If so, check them off and click the Fix Button.
    Note 1: If the R0′s and R1′s have been infiltrated by conduit, then it is probably best to re-install the browser after removing the hijacks, but not always necessary.
    Note 2: Not all line items listed by HiJackThis are evil.* In most cases the are designed to make programs run with a pre-determined settings for ease of user convenience.* So don’t be alarmed with results that go beyond the R0 and R1 levels.* However, double check to see if any of them infer to conduit.* If so, jot down their file locations, before “fixing” them.* Then hunt down those files via explore and remove.* (However, none should appear since you should have previously scanned / searched your disk)
    Step 11 – Disable Add-ons:

    If the browser still seems to be performing under par, consider disabling all the add-ons in the browser.* It might be that add-ons and or extensions maybe corrupted or contaminated.
    In FireFox, click on “HELP”, then restart with Add-ons Disable.
    Note: Alternatively, you can try booting up windows in safemode w/networking and run the browser and connect to the internet.* If your system is performing well while in safemode, then you should execute a clean boot to possibly eliminate a rogue start up hindering your internet
    Internet Explorer

    Close broswer
    Click on Start Button > Run
    Type iexplore -extoff
    Press Enter
    Note: Alternatively, you can try booting up windows in safemode w/networking and run the browser and connect to the internet.* If your system is performing well while in safemode, then you should execute a clean boot to possibly eliminate a rogue start up hindering your internet.
    Conclusion:

    It is unclear what conduit actually is.* It maybe a hybrid of a tracking ware, spyware and or search engine hijacker.

    What I do know is that when we search Google or Bing we are entitled to quick and clear results.* However, when our searched* urls suddenly infer conduit in them, then I think we have a right to be suspicious and angry, and when the computer becomes sluggish, and internet connectivity is being hindered, like a spyware infection.

    Basically, I have been at war with the infiltration of conduit on my system’s for the past several years and it seems to sneak onto the system in one way or another.

    Also, I have noticed that youtube tools and facebook tools seem to infer conduit.* But it is unclear if they have anything to do with Conduit.com or they are simply using the term conduit for descriptive purposes of their codes.

    In any case, if you notice that certain programs no longer work after removing “conduit” from the computer, then evaluate the need of that program and determine whether installing it is necessary for you.

    After you install a questionable program, or you incur computer sluggishness, internet hindrance or url’s returning with conduit in them, my suggestion is to start with Step 5 first and see if their cookies* infiltrated* your system again.

    If so, then execute a full sweep of your system – again.

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    Thanks Treasure Hunter, I did still have it, I went through and did everything on your list but I still am having the same problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krazyace View Post
    Thanks Treasure Hunter, I did still have it, I went through and did everything on your list but I still am having the same problem.
    It is still residing in your back up files.

    There is a program called hitman pro 3.7 that is very good at removing hijackers, Trojans, and worms, you might want to check it out.

    It use to come with a free 30 day trial period, it may sitll do..........

    Here is link.. http://www.surfright.nl/en/hitmanpro

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    Last edited by Treasure_Hunter; Jul 07, 2013 at 12:57 AM.
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    Si vis pacem, para bellum "If you want peace, prepare for war!

    USAF 1967-1971

    I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."

    No Expiration Date!

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    Wow,sounds like a pain in the butt. Glad i bought a mac
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    OK you got my interest now. First question other than what you have provided already.

    1) Does this only happen for TreasureNet or does the redirect happen when trying to browse other websites? What if any other sites are effected?
    WoW, took me so long to find this edit signature thing I have now forgotten what I wanted to add, G. R.r.r.r.r.r

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    Look up conduit hijacker.

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    I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."

    No Expiration Date!

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    Getting rid if a browser hijacker is many times a trial and error process..

    Here are some ways that worked for others...

    MalwareBytes didn't find anything but here's how I fixed it (don't know if it matters but I did it in Safe Mode):

    1) Tools > Internet Options > Advanced > Reset (I did not have to check clear personal settings)

    2) Then I went to General > Home Page
    and manually changed to https://www.google.com/

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    http://botcrawl.com/how-to-remove-co...earch-malware/

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    http://www.2-spyware.com/remove-cond...ect-virus.html




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    USAF 1967-1971

    I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."

    No Expiration Date!

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    Didnt see it mentioned but there is a free software program you can download called HiJackthis that works really well to remove hijacked software
    WoW, took me so long to find this edit signature thing I have now forgotten what I wanted to add, G. R.r.r.r.r.r

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Jeff View Post
    OK you got my interest now. First question other than what you have provided already.

    1) Does this only happen for TreasureNet or does the redirect happen when trying to browse other websites? What if any other sites are effected?
    Actually treasurenet is the only site it happens at and xdtalk is the only site I am redirected to. Also after I cleared conduit from my system some software I had was missing so it seems the conduit I had may have been a legitimate program. Or I may have had two versions, who knows. I am still visiting through a proxy.

 

 
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