1) Frozen on Startup
-When I would turn the computer on it would freeze as the desktop loaded. This symptom began by occurring repeatedly, but no only occurs occasionally
2) Hardware malfunction type errors
-sound driver seems to uninstall itself/become unavailable intermittently with for visible reason. I can get it back by uninstalling and reinstalling the driver, or a reboot.
-network card seems to encounter a similar problem, and my internet will cease to function. On the "choose a wireless network" screen I get a message saying "windows cannot configure this wireless connection", rather than a list of available networks.
3) Browser/Internet Issues
-I started noticing an abundance of ads for a company selling a bleep enlargement medication called Vimax. At first I thought it was just really aggressive marketing, but I soon realized that the ads were on sites I would not expect to allow such advertising.
-Going to windows update redirects to google.
-Avira can't connect to it's update server.
-When I'm doing nothing (right after turning the computer on), my internet connection still experiences heavy use documented on the sent and especially received activity meters.
That's what I've got for now. I'm running Windows XP, I use Firefox to browse, Avira for antivirus. Assuming it's malware, I'm not sure how I installed it, unfortunately.
Any help would be hugely appreciated!
Edit: I forgot to mention I tried downloading and installing Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. I installed it successfully, but I have been unable to run it.
Edited by sean cameron, 25 March 2009 - 02:30 AM.