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My computer appears to be attacking it's self.

My IE8 appears to have a virus that my Norton AntiVirus has no permanent fix for. I have been getting high CPU usage Numerous SVC host32.exe entries on my task manager and the following message from my Norton. "AV intrusion attempt ny Familyroom was blocked. HTTPFake AVScan Webpage 2\Device\Harddisk\Internet Explorer\IExplorer.exe"
This may appear numerous times. When ever I try to use any search engine it appears to hijack the settings and send me numerous places.
I have a Dell Dimension DIM4600 Intel(R) Pentium 4 2.8 Ghz
2 GB ram XP Home 2002 SP3

Any Ideas how to correct this?

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Similar problem with avast and explorer.exe

What I have done was to reinstall explorer by installing the next service pack. In your case, I would download internet explorer 8 installer and install it over the original. Then scan your computer again if you still have this problem.

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I've tried to do this, but when I try to download IE8 it tells me that IE8 is already installed and won't download it. I'll give it another try.

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RE: Reloading IE8

OK, I sucessfully removed IE8 Using IObit, now I am back to IE7, but when I try to reload IE 8, the window to allow me to download says I am not connected to the internet???? But I am, so there is still something goofy going on. Also, now windows doesn't want to shut down. It goes to saving settings and stays there forever.

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