Whenever I try to use a search engine, I'm getting fake "sponsored links" added to the top, and almost every link I click redirects me to some site called "bestwebsearch.net" and avast antivirus pops up with virus warnings.
When I go to sites like youtube and try to log in, the login page just keeps loading forever but never actually loads anything.
Interestingly, the two problems above are only happening to internet explorer and firefox - Maxthon browser is working fine (that's what I'm posting with)
Another problem that started happening at the same time (so I'm assuming they are related) is any program I try to install is refusing to run. I double click the icon, get the hourglass cursor for a second and then nothing. I've tried going directly to the exe file to skip the shortcut, and still nothing. I opened task manager and looked at the process list, the exe name shows up for a fraction of a second and then disppears so either it's getting an error or something is killing the process.
Unfortunately, malwarebytes anti-malware (which was reccomended on this forum in the threads I searched before posting) is one of the programs that refuses to run. It seems to be happening to all of the programs that I'm trying to install.
The only two programs I have already that might be useful are avast antivirus and process explorer
Edit:I ran an avast scan before coming here, it found 88 infected files and removed them all. The fake sponsored links and bestwebsearch redirection stopped (other problems still happened), but then about an hour later the fake links and bestwebsearch were back.
Sorry if that postwas hard to read, I'm sort of out of it (really tired) but any help I can get with this would really be appreciated, I can't format my computer because I have nowhere to safely back up all my data
Edited by Shaun Dreclin, 25 July 2009 - 10:26 AM.