It was 4am, I was dead-tired, and I opened up crack.exe from a crack I downloaded for video editing software.
Next thing I knew little adwares were installing in my system tray, I couldn't stop them! Deleted some folders of some of the names I saw.. uninstalled a few things. But, pop-up after pop-up came after me.
1-3 every 5 minutes or less. Usually when I'm on IE, but also when I have no programs open whatsoever. Ironically alot of the ads are "Have spyware on your computer? Remove it now!" -_-
List of programs I've run complete scans with (each yielding many results which I deleted. Trojans, registries, etc.):
try safe mode- maybe turning the restore off is also a good idea. i had an AZESEARCH BAR in my CRAPPY IE from astalavista.com trying to find a crack for recovering OE password! i recieved the computer from my sister, and AVG found 11K of infected files! so i know it's so infected it's alost battle. everyday i find tracking cookies non-stop with adawareSE and A-squared. i'm waiting for my friend to install fresh with firefox!! i just don't know how she didn't notice!
btw, the Adaware se and A-squared didn't find the bar! i just went searching for the files by what i read on the website. i didn't do anything on the internet, as i might have my info seen..example yahoo email...?
btw SPYBOT SUCKS SH*T!! and had no guilt throwing that crap out! it used to be Ok at first, but when i saw it not finding anything and then running AD-SE and A-squared and how much they found, i was pissed! the cleaner is good from what i heard. all are free..btw.
sounds alot like spyaxe.. do a google search for info. hard to find and destroy.
I use Ad-aware, spybot search and destroy, M$ antispyware, and AVG antivirus. Although I had to install mcafee trial to kill the spyaxe. good luck
Reformat and don't execute any more random programs that you get on the net or anywhere else.
Last year I did an upgrade to XP on my dad's office computer because the windows 98 SE he had was the original installation, which had been there for a good five years i guess. Anyway, it was stuffed to the max with browser hijackers, desktop advertising items you couldn't delete, fake Favourites entries in IE, annoying toolbars you couldn't get rid of in IE, more sub-panels in IE you couldn't get rid of... i used all the ad-aware, pest patrol, and got rid of a fair bit of it but half of it just kept coming back again!
Now on XP SP2 Home on my own PC I have never gotten any spyware or anything for the last 2 years. Besides all the tracking cookies which are harmless.