edit: [ im going to give the short explanation here(for those who hates walls of text) and the long one with details below this next paragraph.
i downloaded some stuff and made sure that they were all malware and spyware free. one day i got on and my browser (mozilla firefox) opened by itself and advertised security programs and a blackberry phone and since then it opened up browsers frequently and advertised stuff (every time one opened, my trend micro pc-cillin alert came up and always said that i tried to open a dangerous site, close it and never open it again and it said it was spyware and adware). but scans for spyware and malware were always clean. still, the problem is that my computer is has gotten slow and my browser opens by itself.
i recently (nov. 24, 2008 i think) accidentally corrupted a user profile because i manually shutdown my computer when it was saving settings.
i used a temporary profile created by my computer to make a new admin profile. all of my documents were intact and trend micro pc cillin found nothing harmful in my computer. i was sure that everything was back to normal so i downloaded a torrent program and got photoshop cs3, chief architect, fruity loops, microsoft office word 2007, and a winrar program. i also got a trial and a few other programs.i also got a tool for customizing the computer and i downloaded some new themes, boot screens, logon screens, and cursors.
while i was downloading all of this, i was always running the trend micro pc-cillin scan for malware and spyware and it was always safe. if anything ever was found then i removed it. i then did a system checkpoint, just incase anything went wrong. but everything worked perfectly until nov. 29, 2008 when my dad got on and said that the computer was opening hundreds of browsers with random pages he'd never seen and the computer also shut itself off.
i didnt believe him but later i used trend micro pc cillin to check for malware or spyware and none were found. then, i was getting on mozilla firefox and photoshop cs3 and 3 browsers opened themselves up to random ads and firefox crashed. trend micro pc-cillin popped up saying that 3 suspicious changes were detected in my computer and i accidentally clicked "allow changes".
i ran the trend micro pc cillin scan and it found 3 spyware, which i of course removed but my computer is really slow now and the browser opens up one or two windows with ads or a number such as 88.109.79.02 (just an example, i don't remember the actual numbers) every few minutes and i have scanned my computer and nothing bad was found. i removed all the torrented and trial programs that i had (except for the ones i need for school) and i was going to do a system restore but all of the system checkpoints were gone except for one on the day i found the spyware. but there are still no spyware or malware on my computer. every time a browser randomly opens up, i memorize the address, exit out the browser, and open internet explorer and add that page to restricted sites but these pop up browsers seem to never stop.
right now (dec. 1, 2008) i am running the trend micro pc-cillin scan again and so far it has detected 2 items. i will remove them when the scan completes but im sure that that will not fix the problem. any help would be appreciated.
also, some times when my computer comes on and i open something an error comes up saying somethin about a program is running so i have to switch to that program and fix it but nothing is running. so i dont know what to do. the buttons the error shows are "switch to" "retry" and "cancel" but cancel is dimmed out so "retry" does nothing and "switch to" only open the start menu on the taskbar. one more thing i can remember is that the first time the browsers popped up with me along with this error message, microsoft outlook express also opened and i kept getting messages about sending an error report for different programs.
once again, any help would be appreciated.=]
Edited by urbanninja, 01 December 2008 - 07:47 PM.