There was this strange virus which infected one of my older windows machine whereby every search terms entered into internet explorer and firefox (using google search) were redirecting to websites promoting spyware removal, home loans, car insurance, debt relief etc
In order to get rid of it, I had to do the following:
1. Go to control panel > System > Hardware
2. Then, go to Device Manager > Hidden Devices.
3. click on the plus sign (+) and look for TDSSserv.sys
4. Right click on TDSSserv.sys and then click on the option “disable”.
5. Reboot/Restart Windows.
That’s it. And don’t forget to install and update your antivirus definition. The reason why my old machine affected the virus infection was due to the fact that there was no antivirus software installed on it.