Two problems have arisen just this week. They are likely connected, but who can tell? A short time ago, in addition, something "hit" Firefox and erased ALL my bookmarks. I haven't found THAT culprit yet, either. These two are newer.
I use W98SE and Firefox v. 18.104.22.168 (exclusively).
1. I went to a site to sign a petition. It always shows up with the correct e-mail address and my zipcode. Now it doesn't. I get somebody else's e-mail address at aol and a zipcode I know nothing about. I erased them and put in the correct info, then searched my cookies. I found many with "geeky" symbols that I knew had to be bad news, as well as others that looked a bit "off."
Next time, my e-mail and zipcode appeared properly - but only for 2 seconds. Then it switched to the faked one. So I had affected the problem somewhat, but apparently there's a malware that can put it right back.
2. The other problem is that I Googled a recipe, and several of the links I clicked led me to a site beginning with "scrippscontroller," followed by stuff that had nothing to do with food. Ended up on a totally blank page.
When culling my cookies for the first problem, I also culled everything having to do with scrippscontroller. Haven't tried to google that recipe again to see if it worked on that. Other links to the recipe worked fine. Not all got screwed up. It seems clear my browser had been hijacked and redirected, at least in part.
So I have some kind of malware, for sure, and it's doing stuff that (supposedly) only I can do. It seems to be an attack on Firefox, but mightn't there be garbage in my registry too? How can I find the malware that reinstates what I have just eliminated?
Thanks. And with gratitude for not sneering at 98SE. I have no choice.
Edited by Orange Blossom, 08 May 2013 - 04:40 PM.
Moved to AII from Windows 95/98/ME forum. ~ OB