Posted 02 May 2009 - 06:34 PM
if you can! a couple of days ago, some spy/mal/ad ware hit my laptop, and i can't get rid of it. does anyone out there have any solutions? here's the story
i have a home laptop with xp. when i click a hyperlink (so far in google news, google search results, and yahoo search results- i dont know if it is all sites - it may be), i get redirected to a weird adware results site. sometimes the url shows up as "illfindit" before going to whatever the adware site is, sometimes it shows up as "xsweetbearsx". sometimes these results pop into a new window, sometimes the same. i have to copy and paste search results into the address bar if i want to go to a result site.
i have run verizon anti-spy and anti-virus, as well as spybot and anti-malware. they've all found and removed bugs, then run clean - but the problem is not fixed.
i have the xp service pack 2 downloaded, and i have disabled all the add-ons.
luckily - i guess - there are two user profiles on my laptop - so if i use the other profile - one i have hardly used - i don't have the problem. so, i guess whatever it is is stuck to my profile. is that possible?
if i delete the 'bad' profile, and create a new one, will that fix it? can i safely reinstall ie6 form microsoft without worrying that something will screw up, and i wont have a browser?
ANY help would be appreciated. thanks a lot!