FYI: I am not particularly computer/tech-savvy, so layman's terms would be greatly appreciated
My problems are (and it should be noted they started just yesterday afternoon)
First, I began seeing those infamous Vimax ads that so many people have been complaining about recently. I thought it was odd, but didn't think anything of it at first
I also noticed that quite often I would get re-directed to a random site while searching on Yahoo
The Vimax ads were now popping up everywhere, even on my Weather Channel desktop
Then, a little later, my security center starting popping up with this thing that said (and I'm paraphrasing here):
Winishield has detected **** infections in your system. Please install now.
It proceeded to scan my system, then, when I clicked "Clean", it took me to a page to pay for the program, so I exited out
Now it keeps popping up, showing all these different viruses and spyware that I have
1. How can I correct these problems without taking my laptop in to a specialist?
2. Are the two problems connected in some way?
3. Since the "Winishield" thing is coming from my computer's Security Center, is it legit, or just more malware? (I was hit with WinDefender last winter, so I've had some experience with it)
Any and all help is greatly appreciated
Edited by BradRHS08, 09 August 2009 - 02:15 AM.