I shall try to be as detailed and specific as possible.
I printed out the instructions from this site (specifically : http://bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic81275.html) entitled, "Automated Removal Instructions for SpyDawn" - I believe I have this computer infection because I get the constant popup as follows :
"System Alert! System has detected a number of active spyware applications that may impact the performance of your computer. Click the icon to get rid of unwanted spyware by downloading an up-to-date antispyware solution."
So I followed the aforementioned instructions and downloaded, 'SmitFraudFix' then proceeded through the instructions as far as point 7. At point 8, where the instructions say, "The program will start cleaning your computer and go through a series of cleanup processes. When it is done, it will automatically start the Disk Cleanup program as shown by the image below..." it did proceed through the series of cleanups - specifically :
"Killing process... / hosts... / Generic Renos Fix... / Deleting infected Files..." / and then appeared the following comment, which may or may not be associated with my problem which is to follow shortly, "File not found - C:\DOCUME~1\PHILIP~1\LOCALS~1\TEMP\*.* " / then 'Registry Cleaning' / followed by 'Do you want to clean the registry? <y/n>'.
However, as per the instructions I did not need to select 'Yes' or 'No' (though I did select "y" initially before I then started over again for the following same reason) as the the Disk Cleanup image appeared automatically, but the image on the instructions says, "The Disk Cleanup utility is clearing up unnecessary files on your machine" then has a progress bar of green boxes full to indicate the end of the process. However, the 'Disk Cleanup' image I received (which I thought was just the initial box which would take a few minutes before the one on the instructions appeared) said, "Disk Cleanup is calculating how much space you will be able to free on (C:). This may take a few minutes to complete. Calculating. Scanning : Compress old files." However, in this image the progress bar had automatically only three green boxes and it remained that way from 16:22 (on Friday 1st June 2007) for 3 hours and 26 minutes, when I decided to abandon it at 19:47, at which point I decided to turn the computer back on not in 'safe mode' and try my best to post this problem.
Therefore, is there anybody out there who can assist me?
Moderator Edit: Moved topic to more appropriate forum. ~ Animal
Edited by Animal, 01 June 2007 - 03:29 PM.