After doing some research on the issue I have resolved the solution. My specific issue was I downloaded a copy of Windows XP SP3 (due to my original legit copy was scratched beyond use).
A slightly better description of my issue was search engine links being redirected when clicked.
The directory (that appears to contain the file for Windows XP and Windows Vista) is C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
The file name you need to edit with notepad is HOSTS. Any line that starts without a # symbol is active.
What you should see normally is:
If you see a lot of other lines, especially that have to do with search engines, like google.com or google.anything, yahoo.com, etc, remove these lines but be sure to leave the line:
I hope this helps and maybe this information can be pinned! It might resolve your issue but it take a couple minutes to check up on.
Edited by Erkdance, 14 May 2010 - 09:29 PM.