Posted 24 July 2007 - 07:01 PM
Hello, and thank you for hearing me. 2 days ago, while surfing the world wide web, I had the unfortunate notion that I wanted to download an emulator onto the family laptop. To that point, I had never experienced any problems prior to the download. However, almost immediately after downloading the file, my computer began to slow WAY down, and all of a sudden something seemed wrong. A strange program, called wincleaner or something, started downloading and installing onto the laptop, without me even clicking to download it! I was also accompanied by 2-3 popups, which are usually the same type, and pop up and lag up the screen whenever I go to a new website or I leave the machine idle with a browser open.
I became freaked out that all of this could happen at once from just one download, and quickly downloaded AVG free edition and ran it to see what the problem was, and to my overwhelming suprise, I had over 10 trojans! From just one download. So I deleted them using AVG, and also download Ad-Aware 2007 to run concurrently with AVG. My theory was that either program would invariably get rid of the problems I was experiencing.
To my knowledge, after a day of constant scanning using both AVG and Ad-Aware, as well as some deleting of suspicious program files in my C:/ drive folder, I have managed to get rid of the Win Cleaner program. This was the most important issue, because this thing would start re-installing itself whenever I would uninstall it.
However, the laptop now crawls at a snails pace of what it used to in terms of connection speed. And the fact that I cannot open any browser page on the internet without my machine almost crashing from these same 3 popups has forced me to post this topic on a different computer in the house, since I am practically unable to do it on my laptop.
Any help or suggestions with my dilemma would be greatly appreciated. I know how busy you guys are.