I have an infection which is quite puzzling as well as difficult to get rid of. I'm running Windows XP Home with SP3, all updates are current.
The first thing that I noticed was when I right click on anything I get a single tone. If you click on the icon of the speaker in the tool tray the volume control opens. If you click on the slide you hear a tone, this is what I'm hearing. In some instances this tone will rapidly repeat itself until I click on a space outside of what I'm trying to open.
I had thought that perhaps I had a driver go south and opened Run only to find a dotted line run across the box for the command and can't choose any of the choices stored in the drop menu. When I moved the cursor over the command box it will disappear, it will reappear when I move it away from the box. This happens with all applications with such boxes.
Another thing that happened was that Firefox would open, but the tool bar was missing. I had to finally reinstall it to get the tool bar back. Since then it has not been altered.
If I right click on My Computer and then Manage I can then choose Device Manager, but when it opens only the first icon (the monitor) appears and I can't expand the tree.
I took screen shots to post here, but I couldn't use IrfanView or Picasa to crop the images. I then tried to upload the entire image to photobucket, but the image wouldn't upload.
Another thing I noticed is that it takes much longer than normal to go to a web site. This is a dialup connection, but this is much slower than normal.
I've updated and ran scans with Malwarebytes, SuperAntiSpyware, and Avast. Avast did find something, but didn't identify it, I moved it to the virus vault and it looked like the problem was taken care of. But it came back after the third time I turned the computer on. I didn't find anything else running in normal and safe modes.
Alright… this is really weird. As I was writing this the problem stopped. It now is running normally.
I'm now able to upload the screen shot, so I've included it below.
This has done this twice now after running scans, so I feel sure that it will return. So any advice on how to pursue this would be greatly appreciated.
Edited by dc3, 20 August 2011 - 10:37 PM.