Angels have the Phone Box
Yes, sorry about that. I understand your pain. I do this for quite a lot of people all the time, so I am very familiar with the "bleary eyes"!
Not good. I will do some more research on this.
The fact that this has been going on for a week has got me concerned. The www-searching.com is hijackware/spyware that has the possibility to download additional malware in the background.
The method to arrive at the proxy settings for Edge are shown below. However, that is not resetting the browser. But, please check the proxy settings first. I will need the log file from you from running RKILL, so please do that before you do anything else.
No problem. Here is the method for getting to the proxy settings in Edge:
click on the 3 dots, then click on Settings
Scroll down and select Advanced Settings
Then click on Open proxy settings