I have recently had a reconfiguration on my computer that makes it impossible for me to visit popular websites including yahoo.com, microsoft.com etc.... I have no clue how to undo this.
For instance when I type in www.yahoo.com i am redirected to www.www.yahoo.com.org/
and i type www.microsoft.com i am redirected to www.www.microsoft.com.org- suprise suprise the same website.
I have tried system restore, the latest virus scanners, trojan scanners, The only thing I can think of was I had installed an applet from www.instantchess.com and it added some weird things to my explorer task bar. I have since removed this and any other programs that don't look familiar but to no avail. I have noticed that msn messenger & yahoo messenger no longer log in. I have windows xp and have tried different accounts.
One other thing the gateway machine was partially affected but only on one user account the rest are all fine I have deleted the affected user account on that machine and tried using nslookup to get the name of the local DNS. my machine will use this for DNS lookup with the exception of microsoft, yahoo which it appears to dig from thin air.
I know this problem is more complicated than one would normaly ask but I don't want to have to re-install. Their are 3 other puters on my home network that are all working correctly wich makes me think its just my machine.
I get these problems with all applications that access popular sites. including I.E. netscape, msn messenger, yahoo messenger, outlook express. so it must be just a DNS problem but I have no clue