Avast is great, I would get rid of Norton and use Avast.
for more than a month now I have been in a bitter,frustrating LOOSING battle to try to get rid of the homepage hijacker "homesearch attendent",the evil buggar that changes your homepage to home search page and bombards you with popups gallore!searched out every discussion about removing it,downloaded all the recomended spyware blockers,dectectors which were ad-aware,spybot,hijack-this,HSREMOVEand tried a dozen others to no avail,it would appear to be gone after following the methods reccomended,but within a little while it would be back,with a new random 5 digit .DLL file and html#12802,which I understand is also a random number that is different for most ppls.Anyway I finally read in my web search that someone had success with a FREE antivirus program from AWIL softwares,a czech. based company,called AVAST!I downloaded it,it clashes with Norton so I disable it when i use avast!.so heres what you do to get rid of home search for good....create back up file to be safe,
goto avast.com,download the home-use version,then
download if you dont already have these tools;Ad-AwareSe Personal,Spybot S&D,HSREMOVE,
Hijack this,and AboutBuster.
ok now you have your arsenal to get rid of the evil beast homesearch!
ok first disable system restore.then make sure that your internet opt.settings will show hiddenfiles.disconnect computer from internet feed line,next boot into safe mode,and run a hijack this scan,this will easily show you the hijackers location and current name.next run spybot and adaware,HSREMOVE,and aboutbuster.NOW run a virus scan with AVAST!,it will take awhille as it really finds all the crap associated to HS hijacker,as well as trojans,and other viruses that my norton missed.I had 243 infected files! the first scan!!and that is right after i ran norton full scan!when avast! asks you what you want to do select delete all,sounds scary but you need to do it!when this is done REBOOT back to safe mode,run HijackThis scan again,youll notice all visable files from homesearch are gone,then run through these steps once more to be sure all the files are gone,as this evil hijacker hides itself all over the place,mostly in DLL's but others it creates as well.I did this two days ago and i am hijacker free,I also hade about:blank as well,Both re gone as well as the "only the best pop ups!Good luck and thank you avast! !