About two weeks ago my computer became infected with a virus. The virus created messages that look similar to Windows alerts trying to convince me my computer was in dire peril and to 'click here' to download a fix. I didn't. My McAfee did locate the virus after a scan and removed it. But afterward my desktop icons were gone, most of the programs from my start menu, and most of my files were hidden. I did a system restore and that brought back my desktop icons and my start menu. I had to unhide all my files in my c: drive in lieu of going folder by folder.
Everything seems fairly normal now except when I try to use google to search, I am redirected to weird sites and 'search sites' often with nuggets of my original search. If I hit the back button a few times I can usually get to the site I was trying to reach, but not always. I notice that often the ip address 126.96.36.199 shows up in my browser.
I did some searches in an attempt to identify and remove the problem and that eventually led me here. I have found other valuable pieces of information on this site before, but never felt I had a situation dire enough to actually post here. It seems like a great service for computer users.
I have two detriments when it comes to this sort of thing; I am in my late forties and while I know my way around a computer, I am not very tech savvy. And I have no innate editor in my brain so I tend to be wayyy too wordy. If you are willing to help me with the former, I will try to curb the latter. I realize after reading your information that the people who help guys like my with their computers are all volunteers. I think that extremely admirable and I thank you in advance for whatever help you may be able to provide.
Edited by joshalden, 13 December 2011 - 01:28 AM.