Left: My MS-Paint recreation of the attack
I had a strange experience with a malware program that caused dozens of Internet Explorer browsers to simultaneously open. Because of the sudden explosion of browsers mushrooming on my display, I could not get all of the URL information beyond "AdsandAds.com", but there were additional components of the URL before and after this piece.
The browsers did not produce any actual ads, but posted a bunch of DNS errors. To get out of this malicious hijacking, I right-clicked on the taskbar icon for Internet Explorer, highlighted "Close Groups," and waited for my laptop to start shutting down IE.
I then opened Task Manager, looked at the current processes, and manually shut off a process I did not recognize. This had a lengthy numeric name that began with "198." I also ran msconfig and turned off all but the most essential Startup functions that I recognized, to prevent the malware from automatically restarting.
After reclaiming control of my machine, I ran my favorite malware/adware programs: SpyBot Search and Destroy and AdAware. Since that time I have not had a return of the browser-spasms, but I cannot find out anything about Adsandads.com beyond a few help-related posts from people frustrated with this hijacker. I would like to manually scan my registry and programs for any suspicious files, but I have yet to discover anything technical on the Web related to AdsandAds.com beyond some information about a monster cable.
The worst part about this piece of evil programming is the browser-mania forced MS-PowerPoint to close on me, eating about two hours worth of lecture prep for a class I am teaching tonight. So thanks, you conniving bastards and your malicious code featuring AdsandAds.com, for stealing two hours worth of my unrecoverable hard work.