First, click on the link below and download CWShredder to your desktop.
CWShredder 2.1x Hijack Removal Tool
Then restart the computer into Safe Mode using the instructions in the link below. Once there, run ALL of your spyware and antivirus tools INCLUDING the CWShredder program.
How To Start In 'Safe Mode'
Hope this helps.
This is probably one of the stupidest posts of all time, but after 2-1/2 years without serious trouble, I clicked on something the other night (I don't know what for sure) and now my XP Home,SBC Yahoo DSL Pro, with Spybot, Ad-Aware, Norton AV and Internet Security, Microsoft Antispyware, Spy Subtract, and even more, got badly messed up. The startup page, with all the icons, turned from blue to black with ''WARNING your computer may be infected ....'' in the background behind all the icons. I thought this ''warning'' was from Microsoft but when I clicked on it it turned out to be from PSGuard, which then apparently placed several dozen instances of spyware, or something, according to a free scan from Spyware Doctor. The free scan did not clean anything at all. All the others (Spybot, Ad-Aware, etc.) were of little use. The main culprits are of the Cool Web Search variety, with others scattered in. (I will note that I have no $$$ to pay for the 'fixes,' so any freeware leads would be much appreciated.) Please help this old newbie if you can. Thanks. ffej10