| I can no longer open any anti-virus files I download from the Internet and I can't open certain .exe files. I can, for example, open MS Word and games from my desktop, but I can't open any files I download and Spybot-SD does not open. |
I think I have a virus because today I stupidly downloaded a media plugin from some random website and one of my anti-malicious software programs (either Spybot, AVG, or Windows Defender) immediately popped up and told me that the file is malicious. I agreed with whatever the programs had to say.. for example deleting the software.
BUT... later today (BEFORE my .exe files stopped working) I kept getting bombarded with process change requests/confirmations from Spybot-SD Resident and I had no idea what they meant so I just deleted and/or disallowed any changes. The pop-ups from Spybot got even worse when I downloaded F-Secure EasyClean ( I read on a forum somewhere that it's effective..) but that program didn't find anything. And it's after this that I noticed Spybot wouldn't open.
On two occasions, a slew of advertisements popped up one after another on screens from Internet Explorer.. and I use Firefox.
I have run AVG and it found nothing. I've tried online scans and they've found nothing. Yet Windows Defender keeps popping up with the same trojan viruses that I've "deleted" over and over as it comes up.
So I deleted Spybot and looked on other forums for advice. I tried online scans, commands, etc. NOW any anti-virus file I try to download will not open.
I went back into my downloads file, found the old Spybot .exe file, and re-installed Spybot. But the program still will not open.
Most of the forums I've looked at are about XP's but I have Vista, SP 2 if that matters.
Sorry this is all wordy and rambling but it's late and I've been looking for an answer to this for hours.
KUDOS AND THANKS TO ANYONE WHO CAN HELP ME OUT!!!!