When I start IE from the taskbar icon it takes a very long time to open; frequently a (Not Responding) message is displayed.
Firefox exhibited similar behavior.
I downloaded and ran HijackThis and chose to fix the following log entries related to IE:
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = about:blank
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=255141
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
When I rebooted I found my browsers (IE & Firefox) had "like new" performance.
I have performed most of the steps in the "Preparation Guide For Use Before Using Malware Removal Tools and Requesting Help", including running FRST (I had to temporarily disable Norton to run FRST).
I would appreciate any help you can provide.
Bill Roberts - wrobertshd1