Redirected internet address
I have a small but irritating problem with IE (previously 9, but now 11) and Firefox. My wife likes to buy on-line from a site called slapwatch.com (guess what they sell!) with whom we have done business for quite some time. However, for the last few months, whenever I enter the address slapwatch.com, it gets substituted by slapwatches.com.au. If I click on this address, I get the message that the address cannot be found. I contacted Slapwatch by telephone and was advised that the address in question referred to an Australian subsidiary which had been closed down some months previously. Assuming that the redirect had been applied with good intentions (to benefit the subsidiary company and reduce postage costs for the consumer), can anyone please advise me how to remove it.
As an aside, with IE11 (which was installed by a techie after a nasty cyber attack left me with no option but to reformat the disk and reinstall software), I get a window every so often asking me to activate the program by telephoning, buying a new activation key, or quoting the one I already have. Is this kosher? The cyber attack I referred to was initiated when I bought some software called ErrorEnd and the email receipt asked me to install and validate it by telephoning a tech representative. I did this and all seemed to go well until my computer started behaving very strangely and I began receiving telephone calls saying that Microsoft had noted my problem (how, I do not know - the slow speed could not be handled by my WiFi connection!) and asked them to help me out, so since then I have been very chagey about allowing any outside party to take control of my PC. I expressed my concerns about the security of their delivery processes to the ErrorEnd management and to their credit, they immediately refunded the purchase price. There are still a few ethical suppliers around!