|I've had issues with those malicious hijack websites. I got dinged once at home and was able to rescue my system without formatting but it took a couple of hours and some serious skull sweat on my part to do it.|
Typically those types of websites take over your computer and you get shown a window with some weird double negative question and no matter what you do (click on OK, click on Cancel, click the X in the top right corner) to get rid of that window, it sticks it's trojan on you. The one thing you can do is the old three fingered salute (ctrl-alt-del) and then go into task manager and kill the running application from there.
This has worked several times for me subsequent to getting hit with the first hijack site I ran into which "found" multiple viruses and offered to remove them for a mere $100...........lol. Like I said, I cleaned that puppy out manually but it was a PITA and I don't recommend that if you can avoid it.
So, for anybody who's never run into one of these, that's the ticket to avoiding getting the trojan on your system. Once you get to that weird window that says "pay me and I'll clean/fix your computer" do the 3 fingered salute and kill it in Task Manager. Immediately after, run AV and AM software to confirm your system is clean.
It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.