I got on my computer this morning (the computer, to answer any questions, is a Dell Laptop: Studio 1555) only to be greeted with a lovely message claiming my computer was infected with viruses, malware, and/or adware and that I should download and run a scanner, etc. etc. etc. Like any person who isn't a complete idiot, I closed the dialog box and immediately went to Task Manager for an explanation. To my surprise, seven iexplore.exe processes were open, running, and consuming a hell of a lot of CPU (usage was clocked at 100% for several minutes on end). The processes at first would not close (everyone's favorite Access Denied dialog notified me of this), and, unforunately, I panicked. Several frantic internet searches led me to several websites stating that this was a 'treatable' virus.
'OK,' I thought, 'then why aren't the processes closing?'
I resorted to the assistance of a McAfee quick scan, but to no avail. Seeking another option, I nosed around on my computer and went to Task Manager for a second time, eventually being able to close the processes. A second surprise awaited me (I expect this to be a day full of surprises): a typical Windows "stopped working" dialog appeared proclaiming that File Loader had stopped working. I closed the application/process and looked for an explanation.
Nothing; however, I was directed to close loader.exe by multiple sources (while trying to close this, I noticed two dialogs with typical text: your computer is infected, prevent crashes, etc.).
Now I was beginning to get worried. I ran a full McAfee scan (which is currently not even half-way completed at time of writing; nothing has been found so far) and I'm monitoring my Task Manager, awaiting for the processes to inevitably appear once more. Thankfully, the only thing bumping up CPU usage is the scan.
Also, in case anyone's confused: At the time of writing, NONE OF THE SUSPECTED PROCESSES are running.
Well, that's about all I have at the moment. Help, please?
Update 1: two iexplore.exe processes have returned and were able to be closed.
Additional Information: I don't even use IE. I use Mozilla Firefox with NoScript and SafeSearch enabled with Opera being used occasionally.
Additional Information: In an effort to cover all bases, I'm going to include my system specs here:
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
Machine name: *******-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_gdr.100226-1909)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
System Model: Studio 1555
BIOS: Ver 1.00 BIOS A08 PARTTBL
Processor: Intel® Core2 Duo CPU T6600 @ 2.20GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.2GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 4060MB RAM
Page File: 2633MB used, 5486MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
Edited by Anzoli, 14 July 2010 - 10:10 AM.