I would appreciate if somebody could help me.
It started yesterday. When I did a search in Google, for anything, it would bring me to a results page, but when I clicked on certain results it would redirect me to a "source.com" or "forless.com" or something like that where if I had Google searched, let's say, Tom Hanks' Twitter, it would try to sell me Tom Hanks' Twitter and things related to Tom Hanks Twitter. I obviously thought this was weird.
Then, when starting up my computer, I would get a message asking me if I want to run: "Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool (KB890830), Microsoft Corporation "C:\Windows\System32\mrt.exe" /R/RE" Seeing as I'm a complete idiot and have been fooled by fake pop-ups claiming to be virus removal tools before, I canceled it. I ran Ad-Aware and McAfee full system scan, they detected a few things and removed them.
Apparently those were not the issues. Because suddenly I couldn't load web pages on any browser, not Firefox, not Internet Explorer, nothing. It wouldn't give me an error message, or could not load, just a blank white page and a "Done." at the bottom letting me know it's done loading.
So, frustrated, I tried restarting, and still got the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool message upon start-up. Doing some research on my iPhone, as my browsers no longer functioned, I discovered that mrt.exe is a legit thing, but will never run on it's own, only if you prompt it to. So, I went directly to the mrt.exe file and ran it overnight. When I woke up it said it had discovered one issue and fixed it. Great. But my browsers still are useless.
Even more frustrated, I System Restored to two days ago when none of these issues were happening. And it worked! No more Malicious Software Removal Tool message at start-up, my browsers were back to normal!
I get a notification from McAfee that my "Real-Time Scanning" in the Security Center has been turned off. Just by itself. Great. So I turn it back on, and after about two seconds, it turns itself back off again before my eyes. Wonderful. I got to the McAfee support page, I download the Virtual Technician and run it. It found two problems and fixed them. Wonderful! Now my Real-Time Scanning stays on...
The browser issues are back. I can't load anything. I am typing this from a friend's computer because I can not access McAfees page on my own due to this idiotic issue.
I tried doing a fee-based technical support call, (the cheapest one), got a service request number and order number, but when I call the number and I press 1 for Windows, it transfers me to just weird room-tone. Seriously, it sounds like somebody just left a phone in a dungeon and that's what I'm listening to. No music, no "We'll be right with you." Just weird ominous room-tone. This went on for five minutes before, ALAS, a RING! And then several BEEP BEEP BEEPs letting me know my call was ended. I haven't tried calling back. I came here.
Technology is not agreeing with me today, can somebody please, PLEASE, help me here.