I got an email telling me that "my" youtube video was approved. My guard was down and I clicked on the link, which took me to a page selling Viagra and the like. I exited the page and realized I had been 'had'. After visiting that page, I ran a "quick" scan with Microsoft Security Essentials which did not detect any threats. The next day I ran a full scan and still found no threats.
However, something new is happening, which is that when I play youtube videos, they will play fine for a time, then the monitor on my laptop goes black. This has never happened with youtube before. I thought it was a fluke the first time it happened. I had to shut the computer off using the power button since there was no other way to do it. When the computer restarted, I got a bunch of strange characters showing on the screen (row of dollar signs?) and some distorted text, but eventually Windows restarted. I then got a message saying that Windows had recovered from a 'serious' error.
I went back to play youtube videos again to see if the problem would repeat. It did; the youtube videos played fine for a time (like maybe five minutes) before the monitor went black. I could hear the video this time, but could not see it. Upon reboot, I got the same 'serious error' message from Windows. I tried to copy it so I could paste it here in this forum, but the copy/paste would not work. It showed the location of two files related to the error. Might have been in 'local aplications' and related to 'memory dump' -- not positive.
Tonight, the videos played longer (for about 15 minutes) before the monitor went black. This time on reboot there was no message from Windows about an error (and I was ready with pad and pencil to write it down!). Windows just started right up.
I don't recall adding any new hardware or having done anything that might have caused youtube to no longer work. And the problem started pretty much right after I clicked on that scam email. I am thinking I may have picked up malware.
Besides checking with MSE, I also scanned with Secunia again and it found no outdated software that would have created vulnerabilities.
Please advise. Youtube is a serious source of entertainment and now I am afraid to use it for fear of damaging the computer. I have no idea how 'serious' serious is, in this instance. I would like to get it fixed.
Thank you. Am awaiting instructions.
Edited by hamluis, 24 April 2012 - 06:06 AM.
Moved from Malware Removal Logs to Am i Infected - Hamluis.