Welcome to the wonderful world of spyware! Users of Internet Explorer should just buckle up and brace themselves for a VERY bumpy ride. This is quite probably just the tip of the iceberg. Users of other browsers will, for the most part, be immune and can kick back with a beer and some popcorn and watch the festivities.
Download a copy of AdAware and Spybot and run them both twice. Once before, and once after, rebooting. You might be amazed at how much other crap is on your system that you weren't even aware of. And how much crap will continue to get on your system so long as you use IE.
You've got a choice... You can either continually run around cleaning up after IE like a little puppy that hasn't been house trained, or you can move onto the sidelines with a browser such as Mozilla/Mozilla Firefox or Opera.
For the past several weeks, every time I check my hotmail messages or explorer a plugin interrupts it and loads a dial up porn site! This program also loads several application files into my harddrive (one hidden) and a shortcut. I have deleted this crap more times than I can remember now but it keeps showing up. It even downloaded again when I tried to get on this help site. I'm desperate and a little more than fustrated at this. Can anyone help me?