Something loads sites on Internet Explorer without my knowing.
I NEVER use IE except when some program I use uses it.
My whole system has been running very slow, and I think it is because something is launching IE behind my back.
Today, there were TWO IE pages open. I went to Task manager to close them, but when I did, another site took over. I couldn't get rid of these two open browser pages.
I didn't know they existed until Spybot S&D told me to close the open browser I knew nothing about.
This is obviously malware, but scans have had no effect.
I could block IE, but then when programs I use open that browser, they won't work.
Not only can't I end the browsers, but I can't launch them to turn them off that way.
Does anyone have any familiarity with this browser hijack? What can I do to stop it?
I just noticed in Task Manager that a site called phonearena.com has loaded IE, and I can't end the program.
If anyone knows what this malware tries to DO to my system, I'd REALLY appreciate it. Since I can't open the browser pages, it can't very well be advertising.
Edited by hamluis, 06 May 2015 - 06:36 PM.
Moved from Win 7 to Am I Infected - Hamluis.