Assuming you do not have an active piece of malware on your system (in which case you may have more symptoms), it sounds like something got on your system that tried to take over your searches. I would try resetting some internet options first.
Try this tool I created to reset your HOSTS file. [Download]
I also recommend resetting your Internet Settings.
Click Start -> Run
Type in INETCPL.CPL
Go to the Advanced Tab and Choose the Reset Internet Explorer option at the bottom.
When it's done, you may also need to check your "CONNECTIONS" tab and then click the LAN Settings button. Make sure no proxy settings are enabled (not checked).
YOUR HELP IN FIXING MY PROBLEM WORKED PERFECTLY. OWE YOU A BIG THANKS MARK!! REGARDS, MIKE
I'm glad I could help.