If you don't mind could you please explain what we did and if its secure to leave the new connection set-up the way it is?
DNS is the service that converts domain names (e.g. http://www.google.com
) into the numbers (e.g. 22.214.171.124) that computers use to communicate.
Your ISP normally provides this service and your router should automatically use the settings of your ISP.
What has happened here is that some malicious program has run on your computer and changed the settings in your router to use alternate DNS servers that give the wrong information and therefore force your connection to the redirected pages.
The best solution would be to reset the router to it's factory defaults and then reconfigure it to work with your ISP. We set your computer to bypass the settings in your router and use the OpenDNS service, this service is free and works very well, you may even find it faster that the service provided by your ISP.
There are no security issues to leaving the settings as they are, the only problem is that if you connect another computer to the router it will also suffer from the redirects and so the best way would be to reset the router. You may need contact your ISP if you choose to do this.
PS: also what should I do to avoid this happening again, and what torrent program would be the safest?
Once we are through I will give instructions to remove the tools we have used and offer some advice on avoiding infections in the future. One point I will make is that there are no safe torrent
programs, all forms of P2P are dangerous.
Please let me know if you would like to reset the router or continue using the OpenDNS settings.