Recently (specifically monday the 15th), a friend of mine downloaded McAfee from a torrent and managed to completely screw things over. (Oh the irony of downloading AV from a torrent and getting a virus from it...)
When the computer came into my possession (wednesday), the computer BSoD'd when you booted it normally, but sort of worked in safe mode. What I mean is that it would boot, but then windows explorer would crash and i'd have to manually restart it from task manager.
I disabled anything McAfee-related in services.msc, and unchecked all of the startup items McAfee-related in msconfig. Then i proceeded to remove McAfee using their uninstaller. Thinking all was said and done, I restarted the computer. It booted normally - sweet. The only "visible" problem though is that any website AV-related, Windows update, even this website, all redirect to a random ad, hence making it impossible to view anything.
I immediately checked the hosts file, but it was blank, leaving me to believe that the issue is much bigger than I thought.
I downloaded AVG, but it errored out every time i tried to install it. Then i installed avast; It ran fine, and removed some viruses. Then I removed it and installed and ran CCleaner. Still not fixed.
I tried to run DDS, but whenever I try, it says that the file isn't a valid win32 application. I'm attempting to run it on Vista home premium with sp1.
I tried RSIT, and it ran. However since I can't access this website from the infected computer, I'm having to copy everything onto my USB drive and move it to a different computer. The log is attached.
Any help with this is greatly appreciated.