Posted 01 July 2009 - 09:26 PM
Alright, hey there everyone. Thanks for taking the time out to read this.
I went to a website (I've gone to this site before and had no problems. It's a webcomic) and had an issue where Internet Explorer kept opening that same page over and over. I exited out of them as quickly as I could and attempted to open Control Alt Delete to end the program, but I couldn't open it. Eventually I was forced to restart my computer. When it booted up again everything seemed to be okay, until my Comodo firewall popped up and told me something called Sync Windows Services was attempting to connect to the Internet. Before I could say allow or deny, my computer flashed to that blue windows shut down screen and said "Saving your settings..." I had no idea what to do, as I didn't prompt this in any way and I didn't know if it was something dangerous or what was going on. Now, here's where I probably did something really, really stupid: I forced a restart in the middle of that "saving your settings" process. It was my first reaction to something like that popping up out of nowhere, and I'm currently regretting it.
Okay, so, to the meat of the problem. I started my computer up again, but this time when it booted I was greeted with many "<Application> had to close suddenly, would you like to send an error report?" messages. They all seemed to be connected to my taskbar icons, the regular stuff that would start up when my computer did. This was distressing. I went to open Firefox, only to find that absolutely nothing happened. So I tried to open up my MSN browser, which shut down in the middle of the log-in screen and gave me an error message. I'm able to open Internet Explorer, and while it gives me an error message, as long as I don't select the "send" or "don't send" buttons it stays open and I'm able to post this. The little game applications like Hearts and Freecell will open, while my media player will not open. Every couple minutes I'll get an error message about something called "Apple Mobile Device Service," and I'm assuming that's some sort of program that's attempting to start but is getting blocked by whatever's wrong.
Now I'm currently seeing that little windows bubble pop up that says "Your computer is infected with spyware, click here, etc." When I click it, nothing seems to happen. Nothing opens or anything, at least. When I attempt to open my antivirus application, nothing happens.
It occurs to me that maybe this topic should've gone in "spyware" or something, but the bubble didn't come up until I was already in the middle of posting this, and to be honest I'm not sure if Spyware is really the issue here. It may be, I'm not an expert, but I didn't know spyware had the power to mess things up this badly.
Sorry for bothering you with this, folks, I am just at a loss as to what I need to do. I don't even know if this is the proper forum to place this, as I have absolutely no idea what's wrong.