I have somehow managed to pick up a virus that is redirecting my browser to a site called hotstartsearch.com when I do a Google search. Apparently, this is a well known virus that affects browsers that is picked up from installing freeware applications, which opens a different search engine when you try to use Google, Yahoo, Bing, and several other search engines in a browser. It happens when I click on the page where the search results are, and opens a new tab with the new search engine on it.
This is frustrating, because although it is only mildly annoying now, I have heard that this will get worse, and worse until it finally begins to crash my system completetly.
I have found many solutions to remove this infection online, but most want money to do so, or they provide extremely complicated instructions to manually remove this issue....
I am hoping that someone can give me a free, or at least less costly solution to removing this problem, as it seems to have deleted all of my restore points, and I have no other knowledge of how to get rid of things like this.
I am using Windows 7 Home Premium, on a Dell xps8300 desktop PC, and generally use Firefox as my browser.
PLEASE someone help me get rid of this!!