It would seem that my browser has been hijacked, and I am having a
difficult time fixing the problem. I've been able to reset my Home page
and search provider (Google). However, if I do a Google query for
anything, and then click on any of the resulting links, the browser goes
through a series of redirects, eventually ending up on some bogus search
page. And it's not the same page every time. In fact, there appears to
be a couple of dozen bogus search pages that it alternates between.
My anti-virus software is current, but the software is not picking up
the problem. I downloaded HijackThis and tried to run that, but all I
see happen is that a window opens up for a second or two and then
closes, and after that I am unable to launch the program again until I
reboot. I've checked the startup programs in msconfig, the Startup
folder, and the Run key in the registry. I've dumped all temporary
Internet files and all cookies. I've removed all the browser extensions
and browser host objects that I don't recognize, and I also checked all
the Hosts files that I could find on my machine.
Can anyone advise me on how to fix this problem?