Posted 23 March 2006 - 10:01 PM
Indeed, things are a bit of a mess at present. Like I said, my MSN browser seems largely unaffected (which leads me to believe it's spyware or malware) MSN is affected in two main ways : Some shopping websites don't do anything when I hit the "next page" buttons. (Has ActiveX been partially disabled?) Also, when I attempt to download patches or any new freeware, I hit the "Download Now" button, I'm sent to the next page, which usually says "Thanks for downloading [whatever]" but no download has occurred.
IE does not "crash" until I attempt to open my favorites. If I simply click on an article on my homepage, everything continues normally. Interestingly enough, after I get the crash message in IE, I can close the message, and another window pops up stating that there is an error and IE will now close. There is an "OK" button on this second window. Until I click "OK," IE doesn't close and functions more or less normally with the same "quirks that are occurring in MSN.
This all began about three days ago. In the few days that preceded this change in my computer's behavior, 3 things of significance happened. In order, they are:
First, upon start-up (but not EVERY time), I began to receive a message stating that a certain webpage couldn't be opened. Sometimes the name is different, but it's always something inappropriate. I'm sure it's just spyware. I thought I'd eliminated it with Spybot Search and Destroy because it stopped happening for a while. (It has returned since the "crashes" began.)
Second, I started using my Outlook Express program. No big deal, but I hadn't used it before.
Third, in order to use Outlook with my Juno e-mail account, I had to upgrade my Juno account, which required a download of Juno Speedband.
The day after that, I turned on my computer to find that Norton was going a bit haywire, attempting unsuccessfully to scan an unnamed program or programs, opening about a dozen small notifications at once. Norton then popped up a message stating that Norton would have to be uninstalled and re-installed. (which I did, but with no success: the same message just popped up again, so I currently have uninstalled Norton.)
That's when all of the other problems surfaced as well.