I've been having some problems with my computer. I had a virus or spyware/malware. I reinstalled Windows XP which didn't resolve the problem.
So I reformatted my hard drive by doing the following:
-I deleted the partition that my hard drive was on, created a new one, the drive was reformatted
-Reinstalled Windows XP over that and did a Windows Update
-downloaded Spybot S&D
-downloaded Ad-Aware SE Personal Ed 1.06
-downloaded Spyware Blaster 3.5.1
Before I downloaded the anit-spy software, my comuter was running fine. After all of the downloads, I began getting pop ups so fast that I could barely close them down. And finally, insult to injury, the computer began rebooting with a message that stated NT Authority is shutting down the computer because the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) terminated unexpectedly.
Since then, I've re-reformated the hard drive and installed Windows yet again. So far so good.. however my issues is this: Is there a possibility that when I downloaded the anit-spy software that something came with them? Or is it possible that the virus/whatever still exists on my computer? I'm getting crazy now... !