Recently I wasn't careful when I was downloading things, and accidentally downloaded a bundled software package. Not thinking of what I was doing, I installed the software inside.
The effects that happened afterwards was that my default search engine has been replaced with smartsputnik.ru, and appears to be locked by an administrator, and is unable to be changed my me. I have tried multiple fixing methods, which included uninstalling all the bundled software, doing multiple virus scans, searching manually for the virus files, cleaning out my registry with anything matching smartsputnik.ru, reinstalling google chrome, and doing a system restore (Which failed). I also manually opened up Google chrome with Cheat Engine, (far-fetched, I know) and managed to manually change the default search engine, to some random link, which broke the smartsputnik search engine, but didn't fix the problem either. After that, chrome crashed and the smartsputnik search engine re-inserted itself back into Chrome, bringing me right back to were I started before I used cheat engine.
If requested, I could provide the software that caused the problem.
URL used for search engine: h ttp://smartsputnik.ru/?ri=1&uid=f110f01cc4314ca0bdafd63fc0c01e9b&q=%s"
Edited by Canucka, 20 March 2016 - 03:56 AM.