I looked into my windows folder and saw that there were two new .dat files (I forgot their names) and a .txt file named WindowsUpdate. I also saw a file in my System32 folder (which I also forgot the name of). I looked the files up on some computer help forums and it seemed that they were malware and other people were also having the same problem of getting re-directed in Google searches. So I deleted the .dat and .txt files and the System32 file and did a few test Google searches which worked normally.
After shutting down my laptop and starting it again this morning, I found that the problem was back. Now there is a file in my Windows folder named bootstat.dat and the WindowsUpdate.txt file is back. After sorting by the date modified tab, I also found that my Temp and Prefetch folders were also modified. Inside my Temp folder, GooglebarInstaller1.txt and MpCmdRun.txt were added/modified and inside my Prefetch folder there were about 20 files added/modified (they were all PF Files or Data Base Files with one Configurations Settings File). It doesn't appear that my System32 folder has been further modified. I hope to fix this problem without having to delete whatever new file is created in my Windows folder every time I start up my computer. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Edited by Orange Blossom, 21 May 2010 - 02:10 PM.
Move to AII from Vista forum. ~ OB