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Google Search Engine Hijacked on Firefox

by aschmidt21 / July 28, 2011 2:11 AM PDT

When I search with Google my computer about 80% of the time goes to another search engine first -- first-answers, compare, sometimes just a number -- then, if I redo the search, it takes me to Google results. I'm running Windows Seven, using Firefox. I have deleted and reinstalled Firefox, but the problem remains. I've searched my computer for files with these names, but no luck. What's my next move?

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Download and install
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 28, 2011 2:55 AM PDT
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Good News, Bad News
by aschmidt21 / July 28, 2011 4:55 PM PDT
In reply to: Download and install

Okay, thanks for the excellent advice -- Malawarebytes caught a Trojan that Sophos didn't. The bad news, though, is that the same problem remains -- quite frustrating. Please, any other ideas? What's plan B?

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No plan B from me,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 28, 2011 11:52 PM PDT
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I use a machine that is not affected, yet, by this sort of behavior.

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Still Hijacked
by aschmidt21 / July 30, 2011 1:24 AM PDT
In reply to: No plan B from me,

A good suggestion, but no dice. Probably my fault for not regularly creating restore points. My oldest isn't old enough. Another question: I thought I'd delete Explorer and Firefox, reinstalling both in hopes of getting rid of this thing. I can delete/reinstall Firefox, but Explorer doesn't show up as deletable in my uninstall program, Revo Uninstall. I can find lots of Explorer files if I search generally, but am afraid to simply delete them. Any advice re deleting Explorer?

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