I have been lurking a little while and I notice that there have been several people who are experiencing the same problem as I am with bad Urls on the Google Search Results page. [post="http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/191667/redirected-internet-searches-tried-everything/"][/post]
After I read this:
A reformat and clean install is always the best option.
Some experts believe that, once a computer is compromised, it can't be fully trusted again.
...I was thinking that maybe that's what I should do. So, two questions if someone could help me out here:
1) should I do this (will my PC ever 'get better')?
2) if I do this, is it as simple as copying My Docs and my email folders onto an external Hard Drive and then putting the Windows XP disc in and pressing 'Go'?(would the bad stuff follow through, hidden in my document files).
To be honest, I don't mind spending the time beating this thing - if it's actually going to be beaten. If the smart thing to do is to just wipe it all clean and go with a backup copy, I'd rather do that. When I work from home I really, really need my PC or I'm stuffed (UK term for scr***d). Therefore, it'd be better for me to bite the bullet now and go through the pain of setting everything up while I'm on leave than waiting to do that until I'm back at work next week.
I know, I know, impossible question, length of a piece of string etc but thoughts are welcome.