You are seeing the effects of a hijackware infection!
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.
Also available via the Consumer Security Support home page:
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.
2a. WinXP => Run the Windows Live Safety Center's 'Protection' scan (only!)
in Safe Mode with Networking, if need be:
2b. Vista or Win7=> Run this scan instead:
3. Now post the requested logs in an appropriate forum for assistance by an
expert in such matters. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!!
I can recommend the expert assistance offered in these 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 or Geek Squad) computer repair shop.
> Hi Gang,
> I am running windows XP PRO SP3.
> My problem started Wednesday---
> When I google , bing etc, I do a get list of sites that are related to
> the search string entered, however when I click on a result of the
> search, I get redirected to another search engine and then the pop ups
> start for other search engines. HELP
> I have run spybot, ad-aware, malwaremalbytes, avg and unhackme.
> I still have the problem, any guidence you can give me would be helpful