I have been looking for days and can't find a solution to my problem. I guess thats the problem with forum sites sometimes.
Anyway, on December 12 I was shopping online. I typed "www.bedbathbeyond.com" in my Firefox browser, which is apparently not bed bath and beyond's correct web address. A pop-up came on the screen that said something about being the millionth visitor to the site that day and "Click here" to claim your prize. I knew this was a farce, so I tried to exit the software but couldnt do anything until the popup was gone, so I control-alt-deleted and closed firefox from the task manager. I logged back in and continued my shopping with no issues, and was quite pleased with my progress. The next day, my wife restarted the computer in the morning and tried to log in, but it took forever to boot into windows and to the log in screen for our user profiles. She left and went to work. Later in the day ( I had no idea she'd experienced a problem) I attempted to log in to my profile and the computer took over 20 minutes to do anything. Just kept saying "loading user preferences" or something to that effect. I did a hard shut down and tried to reboot. Took almost a half hour to even boot to the windows log in screen.
I then booted into safe mode and when mcafee total security opened up, it said that the computer was at risk because real time scanning was turned off. I repeatedly tried turning it on, but it keeps turning itself off. I managed to get it to run a full scan but mcafee found no infected files. I downloaded and ran Stinger twice and it also found no infected files.
I tried to log in normally again after a reboot, but after the 20 minutes it took to get to the log in screen again and after I entered my login info (fingerprint scanner says it is disconnected?), it seemed as if my user profile did not even exist as the wallpaper was toshiba satellite background and it was trying to load user setting for internet explorer 6??? I turned the computer off and scratched my head.
I have a toshiba satellite running windows xp. I have no idea what is going on or where to start. I'm frustrated because I feel like McAfee let something through that infected my system. So far, I've been unable to use my laptop for a week and I am in desperate need for some help!!!!!!
Thanks in advance for any assistance anyone can provide!