Some of the symptoms are continuing to persist- namely, Google search redirects (to websites like "Get-answers-fast"). This happens when I use Chrome, Firefox or IE. I tried re-installing each browser to no avail.
I ran Kaspersky in safemode with no problems detected. I think I may have some kind of deep-rooted, well hidden problem.
I get this when I run HijackThis:
And when I try to enable the Windows Firewall I get this:
I checked the host file out and here's all it says:
Any ideas what's going on? I'm especially curious about the host file.