It sounds as if you are infected by malware. Can you run the "FakeAlertStinger" program as described in this document: http://service.mcafee.com/FAQDocument.aspx?id=TS100893 and please post any results.
The MalwareBytes program can be downloaded from this website: http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php. Download, install and run the free version. Note that is is not an antivirus program. You still need your McAfee software.
Please let us know which McAfee software you have installed, including the version numbers and on which version of Windows. You also have any other security software installed?
I also have the "XP Internet Security" malware, I followed the instructions for "Stinger" and ran it, it failed to detect the malware. Still searching for a solution. You would think that Microsoft would be all over this and McAfee with a solution.
The FakeAlertStinger can be found here: http://service.mcafee.com/FAQDocument.aspx?id=TS100893
Or else, see this site regarding the "Vista Internet Security": http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=298021&hl=vista+inter net+security
Or else, try the Malwarebytes program: http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php
I followed the procedure in Bleepingcomputer.com. Seemed too easy. Vista Internet Security stopped comming up. Ran Spyware Doctor afterward, still found some traces. Removed with Spyware Doctor, so far, so good.
I have the "XP internet security 2010" bug too... (grandson was playing games on the pc). So, do I have to purchase the Spyware Doctor program to get rid of this problem?? Wonder why neither Microsoft nor McAfee have a fix!?!?!
Does Spyware Doctor work?
Does it work in conjunction with McAfee?
Can I use it in the safe mode since that's the only way I can use the computer right now??
Have you tried the steps in this document: http://service.mcafee.com/FAQDocument.aspx?id=TS100893
Did you try this program: http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php
If your grandson is playing on the computer do you have him playing in the "administrator" account or as a "limited user" account in windows? It's always a good idea to have only 1 "administrator" account on the computer and only use it for installing/remove software. And have "user" accounts/limited accounts for all users including yourself. With a "limited account" you cannot install software. This also goes for malware...
Try doing this:
1. Go to Start->Run or press WinKey+R. Type in "command" and press Enter key.
2. In the command prompt window type "notepad". Notepad will come up.
3. Copy all the text in blue color below and paste into Notepad.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
4. Save file as fix.reg to your Desktop. NOTE: (Save as type: All files)
5. Double-click on fix.reg file to run it. Click "Yes" for Registry Editor prompt window. Then click OK.
the virus spreaded and prevented me from opening all .exe files. So I ended up reformating my computer. Thank you for your help.