WHAT HAPPENED: Google translate suggested I search for yummy indian recipes in their native language. Pregnant and hungry, I was all too happy to comply, and I found a site in Hindi promising such. Clicked the link, which turned out to actually be an aggregator, and IE immediately started glitching up and acting funny. Then the fun started.
WHAT IT DOES: First, it started popping up Defender fake spyware protection, then it started hiding my files, folders, and desktop icons, and emptied the start menu. It also generated a bunch of trash files and folders and a new user profile-- now it's hard to know what's trash and what isn't. I was able to unhide all of my folders and files, and while annoying, it doesn't appear that anything is missing.
Next it disassociated programs... from their programs. So to run a program, you had to search for that program in 'my computer,' and select that program to open that program. Then it disassociated .exe files and you couldn't execute anything at all... except IE, which was suspicious but fortunate. I was able to fix this particular problem using exefix_xp.com. It keeps changing my homepage and google is redirecting like crazy. Firefox appears to be trashed, and IE runs, but slowly.
Antivirus software is coming up clean again, but google is still redirecting, so something isn't right. What else should I be looking for that may be screwy on my computer?
Edited by ninthmidget, 08 June 2011 - 02:17 PM.