I have just opened up a second Internet Explorer and within 5 seconds it is hijacked. The Words OOQA OOQA appear in the title bar (replacing a word) and I am sent to my home page but with no tool bars or menus.
Repeating the exercise I managed to get a print screen of the transition and see the words United Virtualities appear briefly in the title bar.
It was just showing that you haven't been taken over by the wicked ones merly an advertiser - According to other info Ad-Aware should remove it.
>>>Rich media ad firm United Virtualities -- best known for its Shoshkeles "takeover" ad format -- is branching out into new territory with the upcoming release of a browser-rebranding product.
The new offering, dubbed "Ooqa Ooqa," is intended to be used by consumer portals and corporate sites, who could then offer visiting Web surfers a rebranded browser that would feature a graphic -- like a corporate logo -- in lieu of the default gray background of Microsoft's (Quote, Chart) Internet Explorer or AOL Time Warner's (Quote, Chart) Netscape browser.
The rebranded browser also could feature customized tools -- like a dictionary, or a stock chart, for instance -- in addition to embedded hyperlinks. The browser -- and thus the tools -- could be updated every time a user clicks in their browser, so that a stock chart, for instance, would update every time a user visits a new Web page, or a weather icon could reflect the current local conditions.
United Virtualities have come up with some software that rebrands your browser and adds functionality such as weather/company reports and other guff but it is only supposed to work if you allow it. There should also be an "off" button.
You got it - there is an opt out sequence and you can opt out for the session or permanently. It seems quite harmless now. All the usual browser buttons were there but I just didn`t recognise them within the AMD Athlon advert body.