This is usually a sign that spyware has hijacked your search engine. Install Firefox and see if that is affected.
And what anti-parasite tools do you use?
I am operating on a Win 98 system, with an excellent cable connection. I am having no problems navigating around the web except when I attempt to use any of the main search engines, mainly MSN or Google. When I enter a topic on the search line, my comp slows to barely above being locked-up. When it finally goes to the search engine menu page, and I click on a site, it will go to the site, but when I hit the back button to return to menu, it takes forever again.
Any help on this will be greatly appreciated.