At first I thought that Windows was no longer recognizing .exe files, but then I right clicked and selected properties and found that nothing was being downloaded --- 0 bytes in the file.
In Firefox, all that is downloaded is a .GIF file to my desktop. The download dialog box says: you have chosen to open HJTInstall.exe which is a GIF image from : http://software-file-I.cnet.com. Would you like to save the file? The Save File button is grayed out, but when I click it it will save the GIF file to my computer.
In Safari, I get an error message in a "windows security warning" box: Windows found this file to be potentially harmful. To help protect your computer, Windows has blocked access to this file. Name: tqyyuoqa.temp.
I deleted IE 8 from my system because I think this is how the infestation took root ... maybe that has something to do with it?
I have gone to Control Panel>Internet Options>Security and my security level is medium high.
Any ideas what the problem is and how I can fix it? Please let me know if you need more information.
PS I am a newbie here on these forums...
Edited by Pandy, 04 February 2010 - 10:20 AM.
Moved from Windows XP Home and Pro and have merged the OP's 2 topics together here ~Pandy