I ran the solution I found online (fix.reg, run Malwarebytes, etc) - that seemed to restore control to me and remove the pop-ups and redirects.
This morning (Tuesday 4-6), while browsing I came under serious "attack" as multiple processes tried to open and reach the internet. My security blocked them, but there were so many that I had to manually power down my computer to get back ahold of it. When I brought it back up, the processes were not trying to "get out", but I had Antimalware Doctor popping up and causing problems. I used rkill and several reboots, safe-modes, and runs of malwarebytes and I seem to have gotten that under control as well - to the point where Antimalware Doctor is no longer showing up when I do scans or on the last time I rebooted.
Malwarebytes and McAfee have returned several "clean" reports, but I am convinced my system (specifically Firefox) remains infected. When I do searches on Google, the some links take me to different sites that look very much like the standard "buy this av protection!" scams. "Open in New Tab" usually eliminates this problem, and it does not happen with every search result. I also viewed the google-cached sites and they were different than the sites I was being redirected to. Additionally, every now and again I would get a browser "pop up" that would look like a new browser instance (ie, not a tiny or reduced-size browser advert) that would be an ad - very similar to what Seijin described: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic307659.html
I also noticed that Hotmail does not respond as I am used to - it "hangs" when I click to go to the inbox, or to access an email, and if I click and then click again, it usually goes through. This is new as of today's problems.
I called McAfee and tried to get help from them directly since I pay them for support - the first person seemed helpful but all subsequent have tried to have me sign up for an $80 fix-it session. The first support person sent me an email with a number of links on it and directed me to run McAfee's FreeScan - which has turned up a BackDoor-ENZ trojan.
I have been browsing this site and the internet for most of the day using Firefox while McAfee's FreeScan runs on Internet Explore - I have been very conservative with what I click or access, and I have had few incidents once I thought I saw a pattern - so I'm going out of my way while looking to make sure that I don't "trigger" anything.
1 - How do I fix Firefox? Can I fix it by reinstalling Firefox, or by uninstalling and then reinstalling? Why isn't McAfee/Malwarebytes detecting it?
2 - How can I be sure that I have completely purged my system of Total Vista Security and Antimalware Doctor?
3 - In my youth, I had bad experiences with running two anti-virus programs on the same computer at the same time - so I'm hesitant to run both Malwarebytes and Spybot SD on the same system. Can I do this? Will they try to eat each other, or do they operate separately, happily?
4 - Is my Hotmail compromised somehow?
Edited by Nove, 06 April 2010 - 06:03 PM.