Orange Blossom and DaChew: I run clean - everything is self installed. No garbage laden software loaded. Maybe I didn't phrase this right...
The issue is that during address bar searches, the searches are directed to a special Charter-Yahoo search page. You can "opt-out" of this service, but it isn't really an opt-out in the truest sense of the words. This "phenomona" is best described here:http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r17871432-...hijacking-hosts
It doesn't really impact service (maybe a slightly slower load of internet pages), but it really pisses me off that they do this.
I'm a neophyte computer geek: I learn as I need, but am fairly inquisitive and try to at least understand why things are as they are.
Any easy work-arounds to keep this from happening?
PS: I run XP SP-3, fully patched with IE6 (I have issues with IE7). I run NIS 2009 for security/AV, and am parked behind a firewall router. This is NOT an infection issue - it's a Charter not playing nice issue. The computer is clean as a whistle - wiped the hard drives and reinstalled everthing from scratch in February. I perform 3-4 independent AV searches online every month - almost paranoid!
Edited by Mike T, 18 March 2009 - 07:07 PM.