|Hijacked Search Results|
When I conduct a search using Yahoo or Google, I obtain search result links. When I click on one of the resultant links, I get redirected to various websites, and not to where I should be directed. Using my back arrow several times, then clicking a second time on the same link usually takes me to the correct website.
Another symptom that I started experiencing this week is that my PC generally hangs-up during the bootup process. The second bootup attempt usually works fine. I am not sure if this is related to the search-link-hijack problem.
I tried following the suggestions in the following linked thread:
1. I ran Ad-Aware and it found and repaired several issues.
2. I am using Norton 360 to protect this PC. I ran a full system scan and it found no problems. Also, I am not sure how to disable Norton 360 if asked to do so (I would need specific instructions), but I assume that it may be disabled during "safe mode"?
3. I ran "devmgmt.msc" from my command line, but could not locate the file "TDSSserv.sys".
4. I ran "ipconfig /flushdns" from the command line, but this did not help.
5. I ran MalwareBytes. It found 8 problems on my PC, and it repaired all of them.
6. I ran the HijackThis scan and saved the resultant log file to my desktop. I did not try to implement any repairs using HijackThis due to warnings in the previously linked thread.
7. I ran SDFix in safe mode, but it did not find any trojans.
The above linked thread began giving warnings about further actions, as the thread was customized for the specific PC that was ill at the time. So, here I am. My search engine links still redirect me to the wrong places, and I am not sure what my next step should be, except maybe rebuild my system.