Well I found some steps on techsupportforum.com. My chrome looks as good as new... running some malware / spyware checks for any remnants as per their advice now. The advice there was very professional looking and really really thorough (the admin guy helping the guy with the virus actually sent a follow up post asking if everything was ok when he haddnt heard from him in a couple of days). Is there a Virus forum on geekzone that i cant find?
theres some helpful stuff about this on deletemalware.blogspot... admin there says this is not a malicious website and they havent found any evidence it distributes malware... just a browser hijacker... they provide simple instructions to get rid of startsear.ch and search.searchcompletion... anyway looks like on the face of it im free of it now... but i guess behind the scenes is where the damaging stuff is... although given that this virus makes itself so obvious, by becoming your browser and homepage, it prob doesnt have anything malicious behind the scenes(??) heres hoping...
A Browser Hijacker is not generally considered a virus. A virus infects, and spreads. It can be malicious (malware) but mostly a PITA on a single users machine and hard to swat.
You often find the owner of the domain/sw it passes your queries to gets paid on link hits. So every time you search and it steals the search, they are getting paid. Hence they like taking over peoples browsers with no idea and cashing in.