Windows Vista SP2 running on a Dell Inspiron 1545.
Google searches in browsers (FF, IE, Chrome) return links that direct to blank pages. I pinged www.google.com and got 22.214.171.124, which is registered to Cablevision Systems Corp., my ISP. I ping google.com and got a legit google ip, 126.96.36.199. The problem seems to have started after I downloaded a java app that claims, "With Fling, one can stream locally-stored video from a computer to your Chromecast" at this link: http://phandroid.com/2013/08/21/cast-any-video-from-your-computer-to-your-chromecast-with-fling/
Don't know if there's a causal relationship there, but there is a relation in time. Anyway, I ran Malwarebytes, got 8 PUPs, removed them, ran it again, had two remaining, ran it third time, zero problems found. Ran Supantispyware, cleaned everything, reported no problems. Checked my HOST file, only one entry, 127.0.0.1, local host. Also, flushed DNS, tested META Refresh successfully, restored Winsock, all to no avail. Any help much appreciated. I also ran tdsskiller, no luck there.
Edited by hamluis, 29 August 2013 - 10:52 AM.
Moved from Malware Removal Logs to Am I Infected - Hamluis.