ASK toolbar uninstall has messed up my Laptop - Help!

I just installed Comodo on my laptop and must have missed the optional ASK toolbar install tickbox. I immeadiately uninstalled ASK toolbar via add/remove as I didn’t want it. After the uninstal, I loaded up Firefox and it woouldn’t connect to the web and had according to the info bar at the bottom was searching for something to do with ASK. I closed the browser and restated it but it wouldn’t load. I restarted the laptop and Firefox won’t even load up. I tried IE but that tries to contact ASK and just sits doing nothing. It also warns me that it is running without ‘add-ons’.

I then tried to do a system restore and for every restore date it says that it was unable to restore after a restart.

My XP toolbar has defaulted to original default settings.

What the hell has happened and what did the uninstall do??

Prior to this my laptop was only a month into a fresh re-install of XP and was running like a dream. Any ideas as to what the problem may be?

*EDIT - Firefox is suddenly running again but IE is still borked. I’m going to set a restore point to see if I can restore again.

OS info:
Win XP SP3

You can try this to fix IE . Click reset.

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