Thank you. I found the culprit. It's in my Program files. Uninstalled and now going to try and clean up. Here's what it is, if anyone else gets this problem. I'm not tech savvy but with your suggestions, I think I've figured it out. Remove "Ads by DNS Unlocker" virus (Uninstall Guide)
It's possible that it's simply a programme that it clashes with. What operating system is this and what other security programmes are installed?.
I did reboot and the problem is still there. Popups, redirecting links, giving me an 800 number to call a virus, etc. What else can I do? I truly appreciate the help.