Question : Internet searches getting redirected to advertising websites

I'm having an issue running searches on the internet. I'm using internet explorer 8. It doesn't matter what search engine i use. When i do a search, the results come back just fine. However, any link that i click on will take me to an advertisment or some other random website.

As soon as i click on a link, the browsers address changes to

Then it jumps to another random advertising website.

Initially i though it was a virus. So i ran both AVG and Norton antivirus and it found nothing.
Then i ran Spybot Search and Destroy, Ad Aware, and Malwarebytes... each one of these found a few things and deleted them successfully.

I went ahead and restored my IE to all the defaults, cleared the cache, cookies, etc....

However the problem did not go away. Any idea on what can be causing this?


Answer : Internet searches getting redirected to advertising websites

No need to unplug the router or modem, this is a Windows issue.

Uninstall Tune-Up Utilities 2010, Ad-Aware, and Symantec if you are no longer using it

In HijackThis delete these entries:
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Connection Wizard,ShellNext =
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyServer = http=
O2 - BHO: Browser Address Error Redirector - {CA6319C0-31B7-401E-A518-A07C3DB8F777} - C:\Program Files\Dell\BAE\BAE.dll
O16 - DPF: {02BF25D5-8C17-4B23-BC80-D3488ABDDC6B} (QuickTime Object) -
O16 - DPF: {6E32070A-766D-4EE6-879C-DC1FA91D2FC3} (MUWebControl Class) -
O23 - Service: NTRU TSS v1.2.1.25 TCS (tcsd_win32.exe) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\NTRU Cryptosystems\NTRU TCG Software Stack\bin\tcsd_win32.exe
O23 - Service: TuneUp Drive Defrag Service (TuneUp.Defrag) - TuneUp Software - C:\Program Files\TuneUp Utilities 2010\TuneUpDefragService.exe
O23 - Service: TuneUp Utilities Service (TuneUp.UtilitiesSvc) - TuneUp Software - C:\Program Files\TuneUp Utilities 2010\TuneUpUtilitiesService32.exe

Download and install Vipre Rescue (free at

And Reboot
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