|rapattack, "Oh I did a defrag while I was there too as this is a person that does not maintain his system.". Maybe he should mend his ways? SWAG, he might have a trojan. Be aware that a virus and a Trojan are similar, but not the same. Many times, an AV detects one it can't clean, other times, it gets missed entirely.|
If you need to clean one, Superantispyware can do the job and you can get it free @:
among other places. They have a Vista compatible version if needed.
If it turns out that you need to use it, be sure to update prior to running and disable 'restore' (restart after cleaning) so it doesn't get put back. They just released a new update recently and it changes all the time. Things are in a constant state of flux.
The restore thing is critical. May not be your deal at all, but won't hurt anything to try. Sounds to me like he needs to learn just what his machine can/can't do.
Possible too that it's his firewall settings. Some settings cause a firewall to scan each item accessed, even if it's known clean. 'Realtime scanning'?
Ed in Texas.