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Howard L

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EDIT: Operating systems. I run 7 and he runs XP.
EDIT 2: Oh crap I was supposed to have a better post title. Oh well.

Hello, everyone. I joined this site because my laptop and my friend's computer seem to have been infected via his wifi network. Unhappiness aplenty.


occasional redirects
occasional lack of audio (from the internet. Speakers work fine. Some music programs work fine. MP3s seem to not like to work at these times, dunno if unrelated)
a webpage I visit has been permanently magnified 300% on Chrome, views fine on Internet Explorer. Tried rebooting, clearing caches. Doesn't fix
PDFs don't like to open on Chrome. Again, open fine on IE
GUI is occasionally made strange, looks like an earlier version of Windows (happens on his computer, which is running XP)
occasionally forced to refresh webpages multiple times
I believe that there may be some strange page formatting errors, but I'm not entirely sure if that is unusual

*None of these seem to be wrong all the time.

Attempted solutions:

Malwarebytes; ran full scan. Nothing detected.
Checked system32\drives\ect\hosts, no foreign IP addresses found.
MacAfee (or whatever). Of course didn't find anything.
Ad Aware (haven't tried it on my laptop, he has tried it on his computer.)

If it's worth anything, I was experiencing no problems until I connected to his wifi network. Then problems occurred. Yep.

Okay, if there's any information I can supply or find to help with this thing, tell me speedyquick. Whatever is doing this is hyper-annoying and I want it gone before it becomes more than just an annoyance.

Thanks, guys.

Yeah, don't assume I know how to do anything even mildly complicated. Explanations will help a load. Best of luck!

Edited by Howard L, 22 September 2010 - 09:35 PM.

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