Yes, spyware-malware is always a strong possibility when strange anomalies occur.
Have you run Adaware and Spybot, wannabeadmin141?
If not you may as well go on a malware search.
Download, install, update and then run the following from safe mode:Anti-malware freeware
(You can run as many of these as you wish. Generally there is no conflict between these and you should always run several since each may find malware that the others may not find)
Ad-Aware SE Personal - freeware http://www.lavasoft.com/
Click on Adaware SE Personal in “Products” on the left side of the page
Or it may be easier to find it here:http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/Adawa...nal/965718306/1
Spybot S&D: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
Be sure to enable “Teatimer” which gives you realtime protection against malware invasion. (absolutely necessary)
Microsoft Windows Defender http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/s...re/default.mspx
This also provides realtime protection. (absolutely necessary)
Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (Win XP and Win 2000):http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.mspx
A˛ - Free from http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4281.html
. Run it, click Search for Updates, then click Scan.
Use these web based scans using Internet Explorer only (as they require ActiveX to work)
Kaspersky Anti-Virus Web Scannerhttp://www.kaspersky.com/service?chapter=161739400#betatest
Panda Activescan http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/co...n_principal.htm
Trend Micro antivirus and malware scan:http://housecall-beta.trendmicro.com/en/st...orp.asp?id=scan
Etrust Anti-virus web scannerhttp://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspx
online trojan scans here –
Windows Security Trojanscanhttp://windowsecurity.com/trojanscan
See instructions for it here:http://www.windowsecurity.com/trojanscan/trojanscan.asp