Posted 03 January 2011 - 09:10 AM
Thanks, noknojon - I do have XP, have not recently purchased or updated anything like a GPS. My problem was just a sudden change to a very slow operating computer, especially accessing anything from the Internet. I should know to do what you suggested but my old brain needs frequent reminders! So, I ran McAfee A/virus scan which found nothing. Next I opened Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (just the free download version, which I already had on my computer from prior use), ran just the recommended Quick Scan, which found 8 infected items. None of these had the strange name I was looking for but all had names that definitely looked bad. I clicked to remove all, rebooted, confirmed that "gnar..." is no longer on Startup list and all works fine now - thanks again!
Broni - Thanks to you also. Following your suggestion, I also will start a new topic under the "Am I Infected" forum in case it might help others.