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I have tired performing searches from within IE7, Safari for PC and Chrome, using Google, all of which work fine. I have noticed that whatever has infected my system is setting a cookie which is directly related to the sites I am being redirected to. If I delete the cookie I can use Google's search results, but when I return to Google, a new cookie has been set and the search results once again lead me to pages containing viruses.
I have performed scans using Malwarebytes, AVG, AdAware, RootRepeal and ComboFix. I did discover several viruses and trojans, all of which I removed from scans run in safemode. Subsequent scans show no new infections.
Does anyone know what virus may be causing this and what software I could use to try and remove this from my system? I forgot to mention I do have system restore disabled. One possible solution I had was to uninstall Firefox, including the settings it leaves behind and then try a fresh install.
Once I removed this extension searches I performed on Google were no longer redirected to strange IP addresses.
Hope this help anyone who may come across a similar issue.