Picked up something nasty while downloading a "backup" copy of some software. Yes I know but I've actually never had a problem until now.
It's essentially a redirecter that sends me to antivirus-server.com & hopelessromantic.com (among others) while doing a good job of blocking access to search engines, pretty much killing any chance of easy removal.
I reformatted the entire drive (not just a partition) that windows sits on and reinstalled everything. Same problem.
1) Is buying a brand new hard drive the only option left?
2) Is it safe to keep the second drive that was only for data storage (no programs of any kind?