Hello. Recently, my access to the internet, as well as files and folders on my computer, has been badly compromised. When I double-click on the Internet explorer icon on my desktop, a box pops up, apologizing for the inconvenience, but stating that "internet explorer must shut down". No error script is given--just an invitation to send an error report. Further, when I try to view files on my computer, a box pops up saying that windows explorer is not functioning properly. I ran a full ad-aware scan, because I was suspicious that my recent download of the Lime-wire program, along with aborted attempts at license acquisition for some of its contents, might have compromised my system. The scan found hundreds of spyware which I have since removed....and the above problems began shortly thereafter. I have been running Mcafee's anti-virus program ever since, but I have not been able to make it through an entire scan as yet. It has been scanning for 22 hours by now! This posting is only possible because of use of a friend's computer. Also, it may be beneficial to know that my Hotmail messenger is functioning fine, so I KNOW that my computer is connected because I can see dialogue boxes open, as well as emails as they come in. What do I do? I can't even get online to download all of the ani-spyware/trojan/virus and clean-up programs you recommend! Can you please help me?
Addendum: I also tried a 'system restore' on this laptop (a dell Inspiron). I attempted to restore to a restore point BEFORE the Java update I made on the morning in question, after which the above issues began surfacing. It has not helped.
Edited by jayqdoc100, 26 July 2005 - 05:35 PM.