System encountered spyware that collects your personal information without your consent. This information includes passwords, credit card details, and other private data. Click the icon to learn more ways to protect your files."
Also, every hour or so, a message box pops up saying the following:
"Critical System Error
Please read this message carefully.
Your PC is infected by spyware. Spyware and other unwanted software refers to programs that perform certain tasks on your computer, typically without your consent. This can include installing pop-up advertising or collecting your personal information. Anti-spyware tools can only help rid your computer of spyware.
Click "OK" to get software and special offers on antivirus software."
Now, I don't remember where, but I saw on my computer something called OHPE. The same program that's causing those pop-ups made this pop up too, but since then has not done it. I did a search for OHPE, and found a post on these forums where someone else had the same problem. I tried following the steps you gave him, but it didn't seem to work. I searched and found a few other posts, but I had no results from the testing.
Today I noticed my computer is running about 10% slower, and even lags when I open a new window in FireFox... Which is extremely strange. I download McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware program, and ran full scans - deleting, or containing everything harmful. I then rebooted my computer, and have the same problem. I use FireFox, not IE so most online diagnostic tools for my computer (such as it's specs and current hardware) will not work. I could open IE, but I get a third pop-up that makes me weary of doing so, it says
"Computer running slow? Homepage changed? Internet running at half speed? Annoying pop-ups? Click here to get help."
Which is another pop up I believe that is caused by this same virus thing. I'm afraid to open IE and have 50 pop ups come up, run really slow, and lag my computer more. Any help is welcomed, thanks for your time even if you can't help! If there's anything I can do to make your job easier, please let me know.
I have MSN (email@example.com)
and can get on AOL if you'd like, but I hate AOL as much as pentium, and I hope it dies. Thanks!
Edited by Nicholas Preator, 22 June 2006 - 07:12 PM.