> I have a problem. For the past 6 months, whenever I tried to access google
> through it's main site at google.com, I've always been taken to a page telling
> me that my comp has been infected with a virus called "QHosts" that redirects my
> DNS server to that specific webpage, and that I should install the Microsoft
> cumulative patch.
> I've tried to install their patch, but I don't have IE anymore. Technically, the
> problem should be gone-- I've been upgrading the computer with new downloads and
> everything and I use Opera... and before you ask, YES I'VE RUN AN ANTIVIRUS
> PROGRAM. But it doesn't work. It doesn't seem like a very good prog-- someone
> gave it to me on a disk one time. It's Symantec Corporate Edition... I've
> updated its definitions and everything but... well, I think the program sucks,
> frankly. It won't delete viruses, only quarantines them, saying "Could not
> delete." I think it's working in concert with the viruses like the police in
> league with a narcotics ring. Every so often it'll pop up saying it found a
> virus, but it couldn't delete it. Fucker.
> Not only Google, but Altavista is blocked. I can't search for anything on MSN or
> Yahoo! either. And it's been like that for six months now. The only reason I'm
> telling you this NOW is because I used to use google's alternative numbered URL
> (http://18.104.22.168/) and that would work, but recently they must have changed
> it, so now it only directs me to google.com, which, as I said, I cannot use.
> If you have a suggestion, let me know.
> NOTE: I'm not spending money on an antivirus suite, so forget that.
> Fett seal of approval™
I'd have to disagree with you there, Norton Antivirus is the highest rated AV program, and has been around for quite a while. The corporate edition is the best version of the program you can get, I believe. It sounds like the virus took its tool before you installed AV counter-measures, I don't know what to tell you - you could try Trend's Housecall Online virus scan(http://housecall.trendmicro.com/), see if that is any more succeshttp://housecall.trendmicro.com/sful at removing the virus. Also, this may be way off base, but have you bothered to run a Spyware check lately? You should run both Ad-Aware and Spybot Search and Destroy and see what they turn up. Also, check out http://securitytango.com/ - this could be helpful. I hope my advice assists you in some capacity