Gave you your own thread as this has nothing to do with that fellow's problem.
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Sorry about the mixup. Continued from https://community.mcafee.com/thread/49140
Sounds very much like you have a virus.
Can you boot that machine to Safe Mode by tapping F8 repeatedly while booting up?
If so try to initiate System Restore to before all this happened.
Sorry I thought this was a separate subject, too many distractions at home here.
As a start I'll restore the PC to an image backup made a couple of days ago when all was fine (I think !).
I'll post back with the results - tomorrow I expect.
OK good luck.
Restored the PC to 2 days ago using an image backup, and turned offcAfee's automatic updates. All's well.
Took the latest McAfee update and PC screwed up again - there's nothing special on it in the way of software.
Restored again and all's well again.
Called support (thanks for the number) but was kept on hold for 30 minutes before I gave up.
Ran the Virtual Technician which found 39 errors, but after it had fixed them I cannot open various applications including Outlook.
Restored the PC again, and all's well again.
Have decided to dump McAfee - its not the first time that I've had problems like this - on several computers - and have installed an alternative.
Lovely side-effect - my PC is running like a greyhound.
Thanks for your help though.
That certainly is abnormal and indicates to me that either your system is sadly in need of updating or you have infections. Often people think their machine is up to date but they forget to update parts of it they aren't using, for instance, Internet Explorer gets neglected when people use other browsers, but it and its add-ons are extremely important because various processes, including McAfee by the way, do use it anyway so it should always be kept up to date and IE8 for XP is the latest (IE9 for Vista/7 with IE10 for 7 in the coming soon).
I suggest running Stinger and Malwarebytes Free from the link in my signature below (last one) and if that fails to find anything run Hijackthis and post its log as instructed further down that document.
Regardless of the fact you've dumped McAfee it might be a good idea to do those suggestion anyway for your own peace of mind because I assure you the software shouldn't cause those issues.
I regularly run Malwarebytes and Superantispyware.
I ran a McAfee full virus scan before taking it out - found nothing - and nothing shown up by Stinger or the Kaspersky root kit remover.
The PC is fully updated, including IE although I browse with Chrome.
I'll take a Hijackthis log to my favourite malware forum and post back.
Well I certainly hope some, somewhere finds a cause for all this. All the best. ;-)