Posted 06 November 2009 - 09:23 PM
As I generally am a conformist, this message is simply to introduce myself as was requested upon my registration. At 56 years old I have been toying/using microcomputers since 1978 when I first owned a Radio Shack TRS-80. The fact that I am needing to join this site as a victim of modern cyber-vandalism may be an example of how much things have changed since then.
I spent several years as a hobbiest, trying to learn various programming languages (generally novice level) and how the operating system worked. Recently, I have tried to devote more of my spare time to other areas of interest and my computer usage is much more of a user/surfer. Unfortunately, my family (wife of 35 years, 2 daughters and 7 grandchildren) still expects me to maintain the computers, but this seems to be more challenging than it used to be.
Speaking of maintaining, that brings me to the major reason for joining...a trojan or something that is redirecting both the Google and Yahoo search result links to various ads (fortunately they haven't been offensive URL's).
Well, I continue to find more symptoms, but no program thus far has been able to find the culprit. In fact, the remover tools don't even seem to run correctly, so I don't know if this is just another symptom from the trojan/virus/etc.
Well...good luck to all you fellow members. Maybe by the time I get this one solved I will have learned enough to help someone else sometime.