Windows XP Home
For about the past week, my computer has been running strangely. When visiting sites such as youtube.com, last.fm, and digg.com, after browsing for about a minute my cooling fan would spike to maximum speed and stay at that speed until I rebooted my computer. Looking in the task manager, I was running about 45 processes total. Watching the graph of the CPU's capacity, I was running at 100% while the fan was blazing, despite having no windows open. I decided to run MalwareBytes, which came up with only 1 or 2 items being found. I ran Spybot S&D, which came up with 202 items total (yes, I have failed to scan regularly, no I am not proud of it), mostly tracking cookies. After cleaning all of them out (Spybot said that they had all been deleted successfully), I went to open firefox. The Mozilla homepage was very slow to load, and some of the images did not load at all. I do not remember why, but I right-clicked the page to check the NoScript settings, and noticed that in addition to allowing/denying google.com scripts, there was a "Forbid zfsearch.com" option. I clicked to block it and immediately did a google search on just what the heck this was. None of the links to websites about the zfsearch virus would load, including many on bleepingcomputer. Now, no pages show up in Firefox at all. Other users on the computer can use Firefox, but my profile cannot. It simply shows a blank screen where the webpage should be. Is this a sign of more spyware?
I anxiously await the professional's response. Thank you in advance.
Edited by bluecrown, 12 August 2009 - 12:47 AM.