From 2 weeks now, my ESET NOD32 Antivirus 8.0.319.0 is stopping a webpage each time I enter Google Chrome. It does not matter on what site I am surfing on, once per minute I get a note that says that ESET has stopped the connection with “######”. I have tried many anti-malware programs, but I keep having the same problem. I have re-installed Chrome, reset the settings, all in vain. Please help me, if you can.
Removal of Stoppblock.org Malicious Scripts in the AutoConfigURL Settings
Many hijacker threats like Stoppblock.org aim to alter the default settings of your web browser and set it to work in the favor of their developers. Generally, the motive is to make you visit unintended sites in order to generate maximum web traffics which generates revenue for them.
Malicious Configuration of AutoConfigURL
One of the common ways to configure your Internet browser settings is by using remote WPAD.dat file as the Automatic Configuration Script in the Window’s Internet options. Besides, the configuration of this settings allow the download of a script from remote location. The instructions into the script are then used for configuration of other web browser settings like the proxy settings for specified URL. This allows the cyber hackers to track and modify all of “www” traffic. The issue of Windows WPAD handling is only fixed for “.com” websites in 2005.
Furthermore, the hackers behind the Stoppblock.org virus can set up the Internet browser in order to show you unwanted advertisements or reroute you to unfamiliar web pages, since the attacker has the control over the script. Also, you may observe an altered homepage and the different destination for new tab page. The changes could be even more frustrating like unwanted redirects whenever you click on a link and search for any term. The security analysts from the Bleeping Computer have provided a list of harmful URLs configured as a AutoConfigURL by Stoppblock.org. Here is the list:
Instruction To Remove Stoppblock.org Malicious Scripts in the AutoConfigURL Settings
If you are observing unwanted redirects to phishing websites, increased number of unwanted advertisements or both while browsing the web, then it is good to check the Internet Options >> Connections Tab and see if there is an Automatic Configuration Script is configured. If it is, then I suggest you to either contact your system administrator (in case of corporate environment) or use the AdwCleaner tool recommended below in order to scan for unwanted AutoConfigURLs such as stoppblock.org/wpad.dat, stoppblock.me/wpad.dat, stoppblock.biz/wpad.dat, stoppblock.com/wpad.dat and remove them for free. Good Luck..!!