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Very persistent malicious virus/adware/something

So I had the google redirect virus that would redirect me to a new page everytime I clicked something on google. The page itself was fishy just by the looks of things and didn't have the sponsored links part and it also had a spelling mistake "advansed search" right beside the search bar. As well, when I pinged in the command prompt, I didn't get the google ip. But I got rid of the virus using this guide:

Anyways in my attempts to get rid of the virus, I tried to download Spybot S&D but the website never worked and the website is needed for the installation to connect to and download files, so no S&D.

Now I thought I had the virus back but it seems to be hiding. There was one problem I never got rid of which was a fake Windows Internet Security Popup that said I needed to download a Microsoft Online protection tool to protect myself which is just virus slander. Also, the border of this popup wasn't using the ordinary Vista Aero theme that the rest of my computer has, it's using the original theme, or the one that you see on boxes if you're running a full screen game and alt+tab out. So that never went away and often a page won't load at first and at the bottom left of my browser it says page2.googlesyndication, or random tabs will open with a results.gugle something or another URL. So all that is really fishy.

Now today, even though I have MalwareBytes, I tried to go to the site to read about its rogue virus tool but the site wasn't working and I tried to download S&D but that STILL doesn't work.

Could it be possible that this virus is redirecting my pages, hijacking google, hijacking my browser to random ad pages, not letting me access anti-malware software pages AND popping up phony Microsoft Protection prompts?

I'll give you any information you need and provide any scans, proven my computer will let me.

Thank CNET

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This forum is mostly about Vista. There is a Cnet forum for Spyware and more if no one gives you more specific answers.

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Thanks Bob, I'll try posting there.

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a good place to start

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