@Pondus - thanks for the response - but not sure what you are suggesting.
Do you mean change the URL in the address bar?
If so, that doesn't really deal with the problem at the "cause" level.
When clicking on a search-returned URL, the whole idea of clicking on it is to access the data returned (as you of course know) - so what's rendering the link "unclickable" going to do for me?
As a work-around I right-click on a returned link, get the properties, copy and past that into the address bar which circumvents any re-directing url launched by whatever these people are doing to attach themselves to a Bing or Google link attempting to be retrieved.
While that works - it is a tedious link by link process and hardly deals with the underlying issue involved.
I have run MalwareBytes and a couple of others to try and identify the Hijack source (you can no longer remove with "Uninstall" in Control Panel - the bad guys have wised up and hidden themselves better). I hope more of all of you tell AVAST to start recognizing browser highjacking as "Malware" and get on creating a solution.
Any other suggestions - anyone