i then went to another board and told this same story, and was instructed to download avast antivirus and complete a boot-time scan. i did so, and the scan turned up nothing. then i was told if it turns up nothing, i still have a problem, and to download malwarebyte anti-malware. i obliged, performed a "quick scan" and it turned up one trojan which i subsequently removed, then rebooted my computer.
now i am being told to post all of this here and wait for your guys' instructions. thanks in advance for your help.
Edited by hamluis, 04 February 2011 - 08:30 PM.
Moved from XP forum to Am I Infected.