Getting back to you re: the clean up process you outlined above. The Smitfraud tool came up clean, no problems with that apparently. Ewido also reported: "Scan completed. Nothing found." This was done in Safe Mode. There were no reports to save.
While still in Safe Mode, I ran another A Squared Deep Clean Scan to see what it thought, since that's the one that initially found the Codec problem. The only thing it showed were 2 traces of the RiskTool, which I saw were nothing to worry about (fr Ewido directions).
I use WinPatrol, and upon rebooting it detected a change to my Start Page to microsoft..., which I'm assuming happened while I was in Internet Options? Oh, by the way, the didn't click the Reset Web Settings while there per your instructions as I was just too confused about that. I browse with Firefox, so it didn't make any sense to me. However, if I do need to go back and do that step, just let me know. Anyway, I clicked on "No" to reset my Start Page to Christianityonline.com, my ISP start page. Then a new window came up announcing a change had been made to my background page displayed on my desktop. It stated that my new page is "blank" nothing there. If this is OK, then click Yes or press Enter. Click NO and we'll restore your page to the default "About:Home". Hmm, I wondered, does this mean that my computer still has traces of that nasty that plagued me a few months back? What are your thoughts on this? Of course, I clicked on Yes, wanting to avoid anything related to the "About" bug. I also went into Display and changed my Desktop back to the Ripple design I'd had before.
Where to go from here? Thanks for your help.
P.S. Should I go ahead and delete this program "XviD" that this bug rode in on?
Edited by Eagle7, 16 September 2006 - 02:38 PM.