This is still "the" sign of malware damage. Here's the usual reading, http://www.doxdesk.com/parasite/ but you may need to move the heat up a notch to find this one. I'd look up HIJACKTHIS and review how to use it and where to post the LOG FILE. Hint: Not here. I'm only a mildly dangerous sleuth on that. I don't know them all, but find the HIJACKTHIS forums to really nail the items.
And then we have what I think is a good new tool called IEFIX which makes most repairs "automatic." Successes are happening with this tool which you can read about at http://www.mvps.org/sramesh2k/IEFIX.htm
I've run into a problem that I didn't see in the forum. I can no longer search from the address bar in IE. For example, entering "lima beans" in the address bar and pressing enter or clicking go gives me: http:///? "lima beans" in the address bar
and the "page cannot be displayed" result page.
I do NOT have any malware/adware or virus infection. My home page has NOT been hijacked. The only thing that has changed is the ability to do a web search from the address bar.
I've checked my system with Adaware, Spybot, CWShred (and several other little tools) and done a virus scan (all up to date), and nothing came up. I'm running IE 6.02 (completely up to date) on Windows XP Home (also completely up to date). I do have "just display results in the main window" checked under the advanced tab and have not changed any options in IE. Also, I have not installed any new software or made any hardware changes in the past couple of months.
I am comfortable with editing the registry, if that's necessary.
I'd really appreciate some thoughts on how to fix this. I really liked entering the search terms in the address bar and just hitting enter, and having the results come up in the main window. I am comfortable with editing the registry, if that's what it takes.
Thank you all for your time and help. Brent