... I wish I had seen this post a couple days ago. Two of us wasted about 16 man hours trying to figure out what was wrong with our computers at work. I spent over an hour on the phone with Dell tech support (in India, of course), did constant reboots into safe mode trying to undo or restrict processes, used system restore to different points in time, etc.
The kicker is that the other ten computers in our place didn't seem to notice, because they were already shut down for the weekend and I'm guessing they were able to grab the Saturday (4/23) patch from Trend brfore the CPU ramped up to 99% and bollicksed everything up. On my computer, we pulled the network cable (thinking that a virus was on the loose) to protect the rest of the network, and it never talked again to Trend until I let it do so a couple minutes ago.
Did we all go to sleep on Thursday only to have Symantec/Norton buy Trend on Friday??!?!?!
THANKS TO EVERYONE ON THIS SITE!!