Ok, recently MS explorer has been opening up links to ad sites, at least four at a time. I searched for the site names in Google in case it's a virus but found nothing. IE automatically opens without me even clicking on it. I don't use Explorer (Firefox is what I use) and not sure what's causing it since I ran Spyware and Virus programs and found nothing. Any ideas? I am running Win 7.
10-30-10, 09:54 PM
I ran Spyware and Virus programs and found nothing.
Idea 1 - this statement right here is meaningless
What exactly did you run? (some are more worthwhile than others, you should always run multiple worthwhile ones)
Did you run any Root Kit detection tools? There are 3 basic varieties and you should run one from each variety.
Use basic manual tools and learn what they might tell you
Hijack this (and analyze the log file at hijackthis.de)
Look for anything not signed by a name you know or anything taking up resources when the machine should be idle.