Problems with search engines

April 30, 2012 at 00:11:03
Specs: Windows 7
Every time I try to use any type of search engine on my computer it dosent work. It will search for what I am looking for but when I click on a suggestion it takes me to a scam site usually something called bon.com. When I look up pictures only 10 pictures will show nothing more. This is the issue with every search engine, not just one. I have used three different virus protectors to fix the issue but the problem proceeds, someone please help me!!!

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#1
April 30, 2012 at 01:25:26
TMPHILPO, possible you've got some sort of nasty (virus, worm/trojan, etc.?). Be aware that a virus and a Trojan are similar, but not the same. Many times, an AV detects one it can't clean, other times, it gets missed entirely. An AV may not be adequate. Some nasties hijack your default as they get paid per hit?
If you need to clean one, Malware Bytes (http://majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=5756 ) seems to be the preferred remover, but I've run into a few it couldn't handle. Superantispyware seems able to handle all comers. (Info only. I’m not paid for recommendation. WARNING! FYI, a full scan on mine takes over an hour.) can do the job and you can get it free @:
http://www.superantispyware.com/
among other places.
If it turns out that you need to use it, be sure to update any cleaner prior to running. They just released a new update recently and it changes all the time. Things are in a constant state of flux.
Disable 'restore' after cleaning and run it again (to remove any nasties living there, restart after cleaning) so the nasty doesn't get put back should you later ‘restore’.
The restore thing is critical. May not be your deal at all, but won't hurt anything to try.
HTH
Ed in Texas

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#2
April 30, 2012 at 05:31:44
Run Malwarebytes in Safe Mode for best results under these circumstances.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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