There is a very good chance that you are seeing the effects of a hijackware
NB: If you had no anti-virus application installed or the subscription had
expired *when the machine first got infected* and/or your subscription has
since expired and/or the machine's not been kept fully-patched at Windows
Update, don't waste your time with any of the below: Format & reinstall
Windows. A Repair Install will NOT help!
Microsoft PCSafety provides home users (only) with no-charge support in
dealing with malware infections such as viruses, spyware (including unwanted
software), and adware.
1. See if you can download/run the MSRT manually:
NB: Run the FULL scan, not the QUICK scan! You may need to download the
MSRT on a non-infected machine, then transfer MRT.EXE to the infected
machine and rename it to SCAN.EXE before running it.
2. Run the Windows Live Safety Center's 'Protection' scan (only!) in Safe
Mode with Networking, if need be:
3. Now run a thorough check for hijackware, including posting requested logs
in an appropriate forum, not here.
Checking for/Help with Hijackware:
**Chances are you will need to seek expert assistance in
or other appropriate forums.**
If these procedures look too complex - and there is no shame in admitting
this isn't your cup of tea - take the machine to a local, reputable and
independent (i.e., not BigBoxStoreUSA) computer repair shop.
~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Client - since 2002
> WIN/XP Home SP3
>> IE 7.0
>> I have always used Google as my default search engine.
>> About a month ago "Fast Browser Search" started at start-up. There is
>> also a "box" in the top "ribbon" and Fast Browser Search is the default.
>> The drop down box also includes Google, which I prefer, and I set it as
>> the default and remove the Fast Browser. This is good until IE is closed
>> and reopened and then it defaults to Fast Browser again.
>> What could I have done to cause Fast Brower to be my default? I'm even
>> thinking that I somehow replied "yes" to adding Fast Browser. But how do
>> I get rid of it?
>> Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide.