Thanks so much for the cnet warnings. It is indeed disappointing. I had a browser hijack experience about 6 mths ago, and wasn't sure if it was due to the domain admin provider of a certain client I was consulting (located offshore - triggering IE security certificate alerts) or visiting a certain site (now forgotten, sorry) with chrome. (And no, it wasn't a "naughty" one...)
Usually I like to solve these issues myself. Obtained a "spyhunter" cleaner which repeatedly identified a file associated with WB as being the problem. Noooooo!! None of the recovery methods I preferred resolved it. Due to multiple schedule demands I reluctantly engaged the services of a certain ISP tech support service. They finally got rid of it (deleting Application data folders, and to their credit informed that certain cleaners erroneously attribute fault) but I also now have no system help files. I could reinstall a service pack but since XP is near EOL I've chosen to cope. The other valuable lesson is no matter what, "physician heal thyself!"