A couple days ago, I inadvertantly downloaded Micro Antivirus 2009. With that, I had all sorts of issues with pop-ups, programs being blocked, etc. I was unable to do a system restore (first the Help icon was gone from my start menu, then when it came back, the System Restore kept failing). After reading PhilliePhan's post, I cleaned everything on the system, but had to use an alternate computer to download all programs since mine could not access any of those sites due to whatever is on the system still. I thought my problem was resolved only to discover several hours later that I could no longer access Internet Explorer. I would double click, and nothing would happen.
So, I started over with all of the cleaning and have attached my results.
Previously, could not access any sort of "help" website to include McAfee, Spybot S&D, Ad-Aware, etc. Also, Hotmail login page would not load. Google searches did not function as usual - clicking on links just opened up a new page with some sort of new search. After second round of cleaning, none of these things were problematic, but then IE stopped working. Third round of cleaning brings me here. Any help would be appreciated.
If there's any other information you need, please let me know. I tried to attach the HJT log, but it says it's an invalid file, so if you need that, I'll have to paste it into the window.