The problem seemingly originated when I got some malware trying to sell some fake anti-virus product. I've had that problem multiple times and I've been able to get rid of it with a combination of MalwareBytes, Spybot S&D, rkill, combofix, you name it. The search redirecting always seems to be associated with the fake anti-virus malware, and in times past, as soon as I've gotten rid of the fake anti-virus messages, the search redirecting problem is also fixed. I wasn't so lucky this time.
I'm running Zone Alarm Security for both firewall and anti-virus. I've tried endless combinations of uninstalling Firefox, uninstalling MalwareBytes, re-installing MalwareBytes, and the same with Spybot. I've also used combofix with my anti-virus and firewall turned off. I read maybe it was a problem with my hosts file, with extra IP addresses or something, but I checked and there was only my 127.0.0.1 local host.
I've been reading other peoples' help with similar problems, but I'm hesitant to do anything too complicated, be it manually deleting files or opening hidden files, etc., since I'm not too computer savvy, without the help of one of you experts.
Also, in case I need to run my computer in safe mode, I have this problem where after I tap the f8 key and it brings up the booting options, my arrow keys lock and I can't select safe mode, just in case you'll need me to do that.
If anyone here has some suggestions to help me with this redirecting problem, it would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance!
EDIT: Moved from Malware Removal Logs (no logs) to AII, proper forum ~ Hamluis.
Edited by hamluis, 17 April 2010 - 05:49 PM.