Well, Internet Explorer redirects are pretty common, for Gateway Dell, and HP computers and many ISP’s as well. The browser hijack is stored on your computer, put there at some install point. Some spyware removers will remove browser hijacks, for example, HijackThis will show it to you, and present the option to remove it.
You should be real sure you want to fiddle with this bit, and that you have some idea of what you’re doing. But then, if you did, you’d be using Firefox, or opera, or Safari, or Linux.
But if you’re just peeved that the company isn’t satisfied with what you paid them, and feels it must hook you in your off time, well, you can Google the subject, then try my suggestions above …
That’s how it starts you know. You’re peeved, and want to tweak. You want to know, how your system works. Then gradually, you start calling Gateway – Gatesway, and you abbreviate Microsoft, M$. Then you’re running dual boot Linux flavors in a water cooled custom rig. The dark side is seductive, like that.