|Thanks Thomas, I really appreciate the response. It's helped remove over 700 infected files...|
What I did:
After running Dr. Web Scanner on the infected drive (while it was connected to my laptop as an external drive), I reinstalled it in my desktop. In Safe Mode, I installed and ran MalwareBytes, removed what was found, rebooted and ran MalwareBytes again. It said everything was clean.
I ran Firefox and it keeps redirecting to some other pages...
So, in Safe Mode, I installed and ran SuperAntiSpyware. It found ALOT. I removed what was found. Rebooted. Ran SuperAntiSpyware again, it was clean.
Then I ran Firefox again and it still is redirecting. It will take me to the first page I want to go to, but usually the second page is something else... including what looks like a "You've got Viruses!" web page that wants me to install something...
Anyway, it would seem that something is still infecting my system.
Should I uninstall - reinstall Firefox? Or should I do something else?
I guess I can try the HitMan program Thomas suggested.
Any other help in working this out would be fantastic.
UPDATE-- I checked my msconfig and found two lines in it that have weird characters (box shapes) and they invoke these two registry lines:
I checked the registry and the values for those two keys are empty.
I tried disabling them and rebooting. When I rebooted, I got a series of 4 windows messages. One saying that 'box characters' could not be run. The next saying 'box characters' in msconfig was invalid. The two windows messages were then repeated in the same sequence. I assume that was two messages for each of the msconfig lines.
I checked msconfig and the lines were back and enabled.
And I still had the problem of my web browser redirecting to other pages (amazonaws.com and others).
Any thoughts or ideas?