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Update to my problem: The redirecting to different web pages happens only with google, not with yahoo search engine. Also, my antivirus was not working so I unistalled it. I was able, however, to run a Kaspersky scan on my computer. I am attaching a copy of the report here if it helps:
KASPERSKY ONLINE SCANNER 7.0: scan report Thursday, October 15, 2009 Operating system: Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600) Kaspersky Online Scanner version: 18.104.22.168 Last database update: Thursday, October 15, 2009 20:37:01 Records in database: 3001101 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Scan settings: scan using the following database: extended Scan archives: yes Scan e-mail databases: yes
Scan area - My Computer: C:\ D:\ E:\ F:\ G:\ H:\ I:\ J:\ K:\
First, Please Uninstall HiJackThis program (if you installed it) and delete the executable file that you downloaded.
Next, RSIT. Please download Random's System Information Tool by random/random from HERE and save to the desktop.
Double-click RSIT.exe to run the tool.
Click Continue at the disclaimer screen.
Once it finishes, two logs will open...
log.txt will be opened maximized
info.txt will be opened minimized
Please post the contents of both logs in your next post.
Next, GMER. Please download from HERE and save to the desktop.
Unzip/extract the file to its own folder.
Disconnect from the Internet and close all running programs. There is a small chance this application may crash your computer so save any work you have open.
Double-click on Gmer.exe to start the program.
Allow the gmer.sys driver to load if asked.
If it gives you a warning at program start about rootkit activity and asks if you want to run a scan,click NO.
Click on >>> symbol and choose on the Rootkit tab.
Look at the right hand side (under Files) and uncheck all drives with the exception of your C drive.
Make sure all other boxes on the right of the screen are checked, EXCEPT for "Show All".
Click on the Scan and wait for the scan to finish. Note: Before scanning, make sure all other running programs are closed and no other actions like a scheduled antivirus scan will occur while this scan completes. Also do not use your computer during the scan.
When completed, click on the Copy button and right-click on your Desktop, choose "New" > Text document. Once the file is created, open it and right-click again and choose Paste or Ctrl+V. Save the file as gmer.txt and copy the information in your next reply.
Note: If you have any problems, try running GMER in SAFE MODE"
Important!Please do not select the "Show all" checkbox during the scan..
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