My laptop was recently host to the AV Security Suite virus. I ran Malware bytes in safe mode; this took care of the virus symptoms of blocking the internet, preventing programs from starting, and AV Security Suite pop-ups.
What remained were two issues:
1. When using search engines I am redirected to different sites other than the ones I click on. This happens randomly although when it does the sites I am redirected to are reoccurring.
2. Typing my destination in the URL I am redirected to the Microsoft Search Engine "Bing" instead of directly to the designated website. Before I would just type "Facebook" into the URL and it would forward to Facebook's main page or "Wikipedia" and it would forward to Wikipedia's main page. I am now redirected to Bing's Search Engine results for whatever is typed into the URL. Now I must include ".com" to my URL search or the full address to be forwarded to the correct site.
The Programs I have installed and ran are:
Spybot S & D
Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool
Webroot Spy Sweeper
Also I have Uninstalled/Installed/ and run three different Anti Virus Programs:
AVG Anti Virus
Eset Nod 32
Webroot Anti Virus
Although all of these programs have found some Trojans,Viruses, Adware and removed them; those two issues still persist.I am currently back to using AVG Anti Virus. The laptop is running Widows Vista, SP2.
I've also taken the time to browse other posts with similar problems but did not want to repeat the advice given until someone addressed my particular issues. I have downloaded Sophos, and Hijack This **BUT** have not installed or run them until advice is given to do so.
Typing in URL:
Redirected to Microsoft Bing:
One of the sites I get redirected to:
CWShredder found this, but the problem still persists: