Search engine problems

By MrsData ·
I've been having problems with all the search engines I've tried recently (Google, Yahoo, and Bing). My first issue is with google because I go to their page and type in what I'm looking for in the search bar. I'm just directed to google's page with an empty search bar instead seeing a page full of search results/matches. So, I have to type in in the url address bar or in the google search bar in order to see results/matches. When I actually left click on the one of the matches I'm directed to a page that is completely unrelated, for example I'll search for "alfredo sauce recipes" I click on the first match and I'm directed to a car insurance website. If I right click on the match and choose "open in a new tab" then I'm brought to that exact page and not a random one. This happens with yahoo and bing too. I've tried a different browser, mozilla and I receive the same ineffective results. I've even reset both browsers, mozilla and IE8 and nothing has changed. I've also done full virus scans and removed the trojans. Please help me fix this problem

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Sounds like a rootkit

by Kenone In reply to Search engine problems

Time to test out some online scans

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by MrsData In reply to Sounds like a rootkit

Thanks, can you post some reliable links? It would be a great help.

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Not to endorse anyone

by Kenone In reply to Search engine problems

I've used Sophos's and Avira's rootkit tools as well as rootkit revealer from sysinternals. As far as i know they are all free, Google should bring them right up.

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Have you tried MBAM?

by seanferd In reply to Search engine problems

Get Malwarebytes installed, and scan with this in Safe Mode after turning off System Restore. Scan and clean repeatedly until you get no results.

The thing to note here is that even after any and all malware is gone, the system may yet be broken, so you may want to back up all your data and be prepared to reinstall Windows if it refuses to work properly. Sometimes you can do manual fixes, sometimes you can't.

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