Posted 05 May 2005 - 06:46 AM
Recently I have been downloading many files in order to use an old video game that I have, and the whole ordeal ended up being a Pandora's box I shouldn't have opened. Heres the deal:
1) I was getting 'zlib.dll' errors, so I Googled it and found some 'registry fix' programs, among which were 'PCMightyMax', which I removed from my computer, and 'Registry Mechanic', which I still have on my computer.
2) I ran both programs, which detected problems with my registry settings, files, etc., and Registry Mechanic fixed about half of them (the others, I guess, are still present, but would not be fixed unless I purchased a license for the program).
3) About this time, I started getting random pop-ups, and about every 4th or 5th time I Google something I get a 'search42' pop-up.
Right now, I am using the Windows XP Service Pack 2 popup blocker, as well as the Google Toolbar. I have Microsoft Antispyware on my computer, which runs tests every morning at 2AM, but does not report any problems. I also have AVG Antivirus (Free edition) installed, and use it frequently (again, with no problems reported).
Please Note: The last computer I had, I started fiddling around with the .dll files and that turned my computer into a vegetable! So I am very very very not comfortable with messing with these (or any) system files that will damage my computer or make it un-useable. Moreover, I cannot afford to lose my computer, as I am a student in London (with an American computer!) and have major projects due in 2 weeks.
I am not sure if this is related, but every now and then, when my computer boots up I get a 'Win 32' error (but it appears that does not affect my computer, that I know of).
What do i do?!!
Thank you very much for your advice and help,