|Petaroo, there're lots of search engines around and it's not unheard of for one to scratch yours and put itself in it's place, but in your case, sounds to me like it hijacked your homepage as well. The most common way that gets done is by using a 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.|
If you need to clean one, Superantispyware (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 @:
among other places. They have a Vista compatible version if needed. Dunno about Windows 7 or later.
If it turns out that you need to use it, be sure to update Superantispyware prior to running and disable 'restore' (restart after cleaning) so the nasty doesn't get put back. They just released a new update recently and it changes all the time. Things are in a constant state of flux.
The restore thing is critical. May not be your deal at all, but won't hurt anything to try.
Once you have a clean machine, you can reset your homepage to what you want (recommend you lock it so it doesn't happen again) in IE.
Ed in Texas.