I turned it on yesterday and noticed a lot of popups (which is unusual), and an icon on the desktop and in the taskbar called "Antivirus-2008". It has a logo that looks like the Windows defender Shield - with red green blue and yellow corners. This program had a lot of popups warning of infections, etc.
I suspected it might be spyware, adware, or a virus of some kind since I didn't install it and neither did my wife.
I closed the program using the task manager. Then I ran CCLeaner (an older version) and didn't see it in the uninstall list.
I then attempted to update the programs online, and was intending to download AVG free 8.0 when I noticed that the internet was behaving strangely.
Firefox will not open, and IE is behaving strangely. When I try to go to a website directly in the address bar, it takes me to a google search. When I try to click on links, frequently it will not let me open them, making a strange sound instead.
Also, Spybot Search and Destroy will not open either.
All of this leads me to assume there is something not right.
Normally I would post a hijackthis log in another section of the forum, but I wanted to start here first.
I am making this post from an uninfected (i hope!) computer. I should be able to transfer any files I need via usb, etc, right? Or do I run the risk of transfering a virus?
Thanks for the help.
Edited by nakedyak, 20 August 2008 - 10:43 AM.