I originally posted in the Win 7 form and my thread was moved to the security form. When I got a reply there, it advised me to post in this section. Please accept my apologies if I have posted in the wrong place.
I think I have problems with Dynamer DTC.
I suspect it started when I tried to download iTunes. I thought I was at the Apple site but apparently was not. I immediately started getting annoying audio ads while connected to the web with Firefox and my system became very slow.
Ad-Aware found a bunch of stuff that was removed. That fixed the audio ads but not the slowness.
MS Security essentials has found "Dynamer!DTC" and cleaned it twice. Mal-Aware Bytes has found it once. It seems to be the gift that keeps on giving.
I have noticed several other things.
MS Security essentials seems to be even slower than normal. When I last stopped it, I had to shut down to take the laptop to work, it had been running almost 35 hours and the task bar showed only about 5% complete.
Mal-Aware bytes was faster but is finding no problems now.
I tried to do a system restore to a date before the trouble started. It got stuck on the "initializing" page for most of a day before I had to shut down.
I have tried to restore once since. I was not able to because it wanted to check my disk "integrity", a time consuming procedure. I did let it complete the utility the first time and no problems were found. Apparently, the flag did not get reset.
The reason integrity needed to be checked to begin with was that a few weeks ago, I such down in the middle of a boot when I got a page to come to the hospital. I am a chaplain.
Any advice and help would be most appreciated.
A bit more info:
I am worried about doing my Christmas shopping online because of the possibility of transmitting my account info.
I am a hospital chaplain. The affected laptop is my personal one. I take it to the hospitals I serve (6 of them) when I go. That is why powering up and shutting down takes place so often.
Sometimes, instead of being on call, I do an overnight shift at a hospital. There are no patients to see except during emergencies. My laptop is the only thing that keeps me from dying of boredom on these overnights. I prepare my sermons and lesson plans for the churches I serve on it as well. Why is this germane? Because this week, I am doing overnights every night. Much of the advice I receive will be implemented as able, while I sit in the chaplain's office waiting for an emergency but when the pager goes off, I go. If there are any issues that must be "seen through without interruption" I need to know about it so I can act accordingly.