search results and exe. files will not work

Microsoft Windows xp home edition w/sp2
August 30, 2009 at 10:41:37
Specs: Windows XP
I noticed about a week ago that whenever I click on a result from a web search (google, bing, ask, ect.) I would be re-directed. I can copy and paste the link to get where I need to go.

Since then I have been unable to start any programs that I have downloaded to fix this problem. Every time I get this error: Windows cannot access the device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item.

Can you please help?

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September 1, 2009 at 03:10:07
your security preferences might have been changed and/or a number of IE settings

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September 1, 2009 at 03:10:41
accidently submitted ~ just look through settings to see if anything is different

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September 1, 2009 at 08:13:47
Thanks for replying to my post.

I found that I had been infected with malware. I tried several different programs to correct the problem and none of them worked.

In the end I had to use a program to delete AVG, then I downloaded Avast and let it scan on boot. This seems to have worked. I deleted the programs from my system that would not function properly while I was infected and so far everything seems to be better.

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