I asked a salesman at the local CompUSA what was going on and he said that I basically was hijacked by a hacker through using microsoft internet explorer. He suggested that I not use that program to access the web and suggested Mozilla/firefox instead. He also sold me three programs he said would fix my issues. Zone Alarm Pro, Norton Antivirus, and Webroot Spysweeper. I went ahead and purchased all three but planned on checking around for pricing comparisons before opening/installing them.
My neighbor who is more computer savvy than me (not very hard) said that he wholeheartedly endorsed Zone Alarm Pro and agreed that I should use Mozilla for my browser from now on. He did not think I needed Norton or SpySweeper.
I tried to do some surfing today to see if anyone else was having these types of problems and I found several sites including this one. I read some of the posts and tried some of the fixes (such as downloading Hijack this, Homesearchfix.zip, CWShredder, SPSEHJfix, CleanUp!, AboutBuster, and a few more. I found a thread of someone I thought had a similar problem to mine and followed all of the instructions given him, but my problem persists. I tried downloading zonealarm pro but my computer gives me an error message that it is "unable to log into TrueVector service" and won't install it. I have a cable modem and can tell that my internet is getting slower and slower by the day. Pop-ups continue, homepage still hijacked. HELP PLEASE!!! From reading some of the threads here, I know that it is helpful for you to see a "hijack this" list of items found so I will try and include it below. Thanks in advance for any advice you may have.
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