It affected all internet browsers Firfox, IE8, Safari and Opera. What ever was there was making them crash out as soon as you searched for anything.
Then I tried something called Spybot S&D, this is FREE software and it found problems and fixed them completely. The old XP machine now works perfectly !
If you would like this software then get it from their site :
Click on the Download link on the left menu, then the download link to download, then click the second "Download here" button on right "BN Fileforum - fast worldwide distribution" Then the link in the blue panel on right "Download Spybot S&D".
Install the software, update it and then click "Check for problems". This will find any problems that you may not be aware of and fix them for good.
Malware,Adware and browser problems fixed by "Spybot search and destroy" Free anti-malware software :
|Spybot finds things other software can't see. (Click to see large version)|
hope this helps someone.