Thank you. I'll optimize when I have days to devote to it. I also bookmarked a very detailed procedure within bleepingcomputer that was very good about cleaning up stuff.
Java: I had jre 6 update 1 and Java 6 update 12 (I think maybe the jre was part of this). Looking at the install/uninstall list, I had several items with different naming -- Java updates 188.8.131.52.7 and items of the convention Java Run Time Environment (not exact) release 5 with several updates and release 6 update 1. OK, I followed your instructions and removed all the old JRE programs, rebooted, then installed JRE 6 update 13. Now, in the program list there is nothing that specifically says Run Time Environment; there is Java 6 Update 13, so I'm assuming that this is run-time environment and other. Right? Also, can I get rid of the old Java 6 update 2, 3, 5, 7 ???
I also noticed in Program Files/Java that there are still folders for jre1.6.0_01, 03, 05, 07. Is this a problem?
OK, now that's done. I still have the DOS window popping up. I tried Internet Explorer to see if it was only related to Firefox, but it's popping up with IE too.
This morning when powered up, I was not connected to the internet. I didn't see the DOS window until later after I connected. Not sure if it was just the connecting that triggered it or bringing up a browser or neither.
Is there any sort of DOS log or trace that can be used to track files that are created, deleted? What I'm afraid of is that something is creating a file, storing info about my system, sending it off (would FTP stuff pop up? or however it's done? ), deleting the file, etc. etc.
Thank you very much.
Edited by caseycm2009, 02 April 2009 - 08:55 PM.