When I do the same thing over and over and one day find the behavior different, I usually stop whatever I'm doing and, at a minimum, clean the system (Ccleaner) and if I'm suspicious that I've picked up something unwanted, I'll download and install the latest combofix. I used to use this and that, but over the years programs seemed to lose their integrity. Spybot for example would start installing multiple times. Adaware, of course, became crap when the company was sold. I found combofix just from reading around. I don't like that the geeks who make it can't offer a minimal plain English explanation of what they've found, but it's easy to use, gets down to business and seems to have a good rep. I know that it can cause problems, because that's the warning that comes with it. But I don't have the good fortune to have tech savvy buddies in my contact list to zip over and oversee my use of the malware scanner or anything. So I use combofix.
Except that, for the first time, the download didn't go as planned. I usually just get a msg saying program exists, and a question about replacing it, which I just answer with yes. This time I was told that the file was read only and needed to be re-named. That was at download.com. So I decided to go to the author's site. Bleeping Computer seems to be where the author set up his portal. But now when I click on download, I get no response! I'll try again after posting here, since I can't see what else I can do other than register here.
And I should mention that this all started when I attempted to download and install Nero's old wave editor. The irony is that I was fishing around on Nero's website looking for the suite which had it, prepared to buy it. Instead, I found a link (yesterday, on my Acer laptop but not today on my Toshiba laptop!) to the wave editor, offered as a free download, which took me to Softonic. I'm not so net illiterate that I just download what I want without looking. I knew this was tricky soon as I saw all the extras. Of course, I declined everything. Then the last extra appeared. That was Open Candy and the program seemed to be saying that I could not install it without this unwanted software. Of course, you read the softonic statement and they promise to be nice and not force anything on you. I took a chance, but my AVG said it didn't like the malsign that hitched a ride with OpenCandy. I decided to kill the intallation, which didn't want to go away. That sent me here. I also didn't like the way my hard drive went into overdrive while I was trying, without luck, to deal with it by running combofix. I've never had a problem with combofix before. Not even being able to download it though-?
Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks
Toshiba Satellite, windows 7 professional, 64 bit, Firefox