Not intentionally. When I posted, the forums got really slow. Then the page 404'. Then I tried to post and it kept giving me a blank screen, despite which computer I tried to use. However, here is the message I saved into a notepad:
Hello. First of all, thank you for your time.Computer
: Windows VistaDescription:
Now, I've had what is seemingly some form of adware on my computer for a while. No advertisements or windows pop up when browsing the internet, nor do they pop up at all. The issue is that audio is playing through my computer's speakers despite nothing visibly making the audio. No, it isn't MSN or anything. To confirm this, I've had it happen when I wasn't even on the computer, and the desktop was the only(!) thing "open".
The computer is playing what sounds like commercials, sometimes even without actual voices (so as if it were originally a video).
Before the audio plays, there is some quick "clicking" noise. What I have done
: I have some protection (AVG, Windows Firewall), but no matter what I put the settings to the audio can and does play RANDOMLY, as long as there is a connection to the internet. I routinely have been scanning my system, restarting in safe mode and doing so again, but to no avail. Nothing is coming up. I also removed AVG and installed Avira! for another scan in safe mode, which gave me a PDF exploit in my Temporary files - I removed it, but didn't save a log file (I'll admit that this was stupid). The problem did not go away at all when this exploit was removed. I have also installed ZoneAlarm Firewall to see if that stops it on the off-chance that it was somebody remotely accessing my computer, but it has not. Related:
My problem is -very- similar to this topic: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic274728.html
However, it is not entirely the same. Cause
: In Audio Mixer, there is this application called "Start", which occasionally becomes "SysFader" before quickly becoming "Start" again. Here is a picture of what it looks like:
If I mute this process, the audio is no longer audible. I can't find where this application is located, but I am fairly positive that - wherever it is - it is entirely to blame. The process disappears shortly after the commercials stop.Thanks again for your time
, I will be looking at this thread tomorrow and following any instructions if they are available. For now, I shall go to sleep.
: I have downloaded two more antiviruses and removed more programs / files from my computer that came up. Despite this, I heavily suspect that I've not heard the last of this virus, as none of my previous efforts like this have proved to work. I have removed all but one antivirus program so as to not compromise the system by having multiple running at the same time. The next time that this happens, I shall use the command prompt "netstat -b" to see if I can get further information on the application.