I could really use some help. I have Windows XP on a Dell Dimension 8250. For months I have had a bogus windows error message that reads as follows: "Windows error service. Windows detected spyware on your computer. Download free spyware scanner and remover." It comes up constantly, online or offline. If I hit OK (as sometimes happens when typing fast) it takes me to a web page called msi2.optima.host, and sometimes a porn page. I have tried everything to get rid of it: adaware (including tweaked settings), spybot, mcaffee virus and firewall. nothing works. any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
also, lately I have been getting a message when I try to install some CDs (such as my son's IRiver MP-3 software). It says: "16 bit windows subsystem C:\windows\system 32\autoexec.nt. The system file is not suitable for running MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows applications. Choose close and terminate." And the software will not load. I did some research, and thought the problem might be with the VDD in the registry. But the changes I tried did not help.
I'm counting on you experts! Thanks very much.