I am a hard core virus survivor, and currently I am virus free, I've run ESET, Malwarebytes, Spybot, and Kapersky and I have no more critters roaming in my system
(and I run at least 1 a week) but after my last infection I believe I may have gotten a worm that messed up the system file that controls opening folders (?)
Everytime I go to open a folder by double clicking it (either in my computer, or on desktop) it starts to open a new window and then... it closes it. and then it opens it... and then it closes it. If I make a mistake and double click a folder it can pull up 10-20 windows at a time, like a strobe light flashing on my screen. The only way I can make it stop other than rebooting is moving the folder to another folder or dropping it in the trash temporarily. Then all of the windows freeze, and a message asking me if I want to restore my last page pops up, then I go through and close out all 20 or so windows.
No pop ups or ads, just blank white pages that prior to loading close them selves out.
During this, I can only see dozens of iexplore.exe's popping up and closing down in my task manager, no other odd processes running.
Also I can open my folders by going to start and clicking on my computer and exploring as long as i only single click in the left hand column while exploring.
My brief research:
I read about a person not being able to open their folders at all, they'd click it, and then the hourglass would come up but nothing would happen. They advised me to check if enable third party extensions was checked and if it was to uncheck it. It was already unchecked.
Another quirky thing:
Previously I was a hard core Spybot user, and had it set to delete my logs after it ran. During the time I was infected the last time, we disabled spybot, and I never enabled it again, because I've been all about malware bytes since then. Before, after spybot would delete the logs when you rebooted you would get two command screens (black dos screens) that would go away and all of the recent programs would be cleared out. But its doing that sometimes still now, without running spybot. and not all the time, but once in awhile. but no spybot processes are running at all so i'm not sure how this is happening.