Do a thorough check for malware, following all of the steps at one of these
Help with malware:
All MS-MVP Sites.
Consider this: Whenever a new error condition appears on your computer, it
is almost certain that there was some change to the computer soon before the
problem began. http://aumha.org/a/parasite.htm
Unexplained computer behavior may be caused by deceptive software. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/827315 http://aumha.org/a/quickfix.htm http://www.elephantboycomputers.com/...moving_Malware http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/unwanted.htm http://inetexplorer.mvps.org/darnit.html http://www.mvps.org/sramesh2k/Malware_Defence.htm http://aumha.org/a/parasite.php
So How Did I Get Infected Anyway?
For quite a few people it's by installing programs like Messenger Plus,
whose ads for malware don't identify the malware as such and try to convince
you that you owe it to the author. See also: http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=27971
Don't ever do a "default" install of anything. Always choose Custom and see
what else is
being carried along. Don't install any extras you're not sure of.
*Report back, please*
"Gramercy" <Gramercy@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> All of a sudden in the last 48 hours I have a problem with unwanted
> desktop search windows repeatedly popping up. Almost anything can trigger
> them: clicking on a navigation button in Windows Internet Explorer,
> my mouse, clicking on my desktop, hitting the space bar! I probably get 4
> 5 a minute and I can't figure out how to disable them.
> I haven't added anything new to my PC in the past 2 days so I don't know
> I'm suddenly having this problem. I never use Windows desktop search so I
> would just as soon remove it, but at the very least I must stop these
> unwanted pop-ups!