Running Windows XP Service Pack 3 with IE 8. When my search engines (Google and Yahoo) locate the site I require and I click one I am redirected to other sites completely unconnected to my request.
I have also lost sound from sites like You Tube. My Favourites have disappeared. My Word Custom Dictionary has disappeared as well.
Have tried System Restore and reinstallation, any thoughts. Had a virus earlier today but my security suit says that all is now OK.
Buteman's suggestion found nothing. I have reinstalled IE 8 but problem still there. When I turn the PC on my Mcafee finds a Trojan (xcpt-hook1) and deletes it but it reappears every time. Are they combined?
Thanks all. It turns out that it was a Root kit at the heart of it. I would never have found it. It took the experts at Mcafee four and a half hours to rectify. They downloaded various programmes to identify it, kill it and reinstall the missing components.