Posted 17 October 2008 - 08:49 AM
I found what I thought was the most uptodate version of WINRAR on CNET and as people are finding out it causes an annoying popup and redirects to well known web sites.
Fix by ADD/REMOVE programs running unistall WINRAR
then remove file explorer.exe in the c:\windows\system32\ directory, note by hovering over this file it identifies itself as winrar, thats the end of the popup.
Go to c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts and edit in notepad, you will see all the sites you cannot access with a fixed IP Address, replace this with hosts.sav if there is one or any backup copy made yourself else get a copy from a friend.
You should now be able to connect to the internet.
In internet explorer on the menu bar select tools/internet options and on the general tab press button delete files, removing any cache version.
Navigate to :-
Remove entry pointing at c:\windows\system32\explorer.exe
Reboot and you should be in the same state as me, freeas a bird