Firefox informs me that it can't load the page, however. Other redirects are also possible, the above is just one example.
Through internet explorer I can choose to diagnose network connections when the above redirect link appears, and it will take me to the intended page.
Occasionally searches work on the first try, but if repeated will take you to the above listed redirect. Sometimes they don't even work on the first try.
Whatever this thing is got right past nod32. I scanned using malware bytes, Windows Defender, Ad Aware, and spybot search and destroy, removing everything they found. The problem still occurs.
Upon looking through Whats Running: http://www.whatsrunning.net/ I discovered that a program called zagrebland was running with a process called c.exe and was set to startup every time the computer did. I removed the entries for this through What's Running. I'm sure there is an entry for it in the registry (I found it in fact), but I'd rather not go through deleting things from the registry all willy nilly.
I found an article here at bleeping computer relating to zagrebland.exe: www.bleepingcomputer.com/startups/b.exe-25366.html
An interesting fact, all searches, etc, work normal in safe mode still which means to me that something is still running even though I can't see c.exe, b.exe, or zagrebland anymore.
Operating System is Windows XP SP3, all updates. Affected browsers are Firefox v 3.5.6 and Internet Explorer 8. A reinstall of firefox did not solve the problem.
I'd really appreciate any help with this matter since I'd like to get something figured out without a format.
Thank you very much for your time with this. I'll be more than happy to provide any extra details you need.
Edited by Orange Blossom, 27 December 2009 - 12:50 PM.
Deactivate link. ~ OB