I believe that this may be a relatively NEW bug/problem after checking several tech support forums and finding nothing related.
After surfing I picked up some sort of problem. This first started out by replacing my desktop screen with a warning that I may have been infected with spyware. After clicking on the link provided it brought me to a webpage that advertised "Smart Security Privacy Protection Tool" and provided additional info to attempt to frighten someone into purchasing the software to remove spyware. The web address was 18.104.22.168/?affid=NAT-5.
Desktop icons, browser and other software all function normally.
New desktop icon/shortcut was "! Smart Security"-I have since deleted
After deleting this and a couple associated files my desktop background changed from the warning to an alternating gray and white.
I have used Ad-aware, spybot, and norton (latest versions) with no additional success. However, abnormal files in c:\program files\internet explorer were dchxuqbd.exe, gcdmkhfu.exe, and gkwfryiw.exe which I could not delete or uninstall but are no longer found (after ad aware).
Hijack log does not appear abnormal.
Right clicking on my desktop background and selecting view source provides the following notepad document:
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">
***** This file is automatically generated by Microsoft Windows *****
<META http-equiv=Content-Type content="text/html; charset=windows-1252"></HEAD>
style="BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none"
bottomMargin=0 bgColor=#000000 leftMargin=0 background="" topMargin=0
style="LEFT: 0px; WIDTH: 1280px; POSITION: absolute; TOP: 0px; HEIGHT: 1024px"><IMG
style="LEFT: 0px; WIDTH: 100%; POSITION: absolute; TOP: 0px; HEIGHT: 100%" cache
src="file:///C:/WINDOWS/9600_1024.bmp"> </DIV><IFRAME id=0
style="BACKGROUND: none transparent scroll repeat 0% 0%; LEFT: 0px; WIDTH: 1280px; POSITION: absolute; TOP: 1px; HEIGHT: 993px"
name=DeskMovrW marginWidth=0 marginHeight=0
src="file:///C:/WINDOWS/desktop.html" frameBorder=0 scrolling=no
subscribed_url="C:\WINDOWS\desktop.html" resizeable=""> </IFRAME>
style="LEFT: 0px; VISIBILITY: hidden; WIDTH: 0px; POSITION: absolute; TOP: 0px; HEIGHT: 0px; container: positioned; zIndex: 5"
style="Z-INDEX: -1; LEFT: -1px; VISIBILITY: hidden; WIDTH: 1282px; POSITION: absolute; TOP: 0px; HEIGHT: 995px; container: positioned"
Right clicking on the desktop background and clicking properties provides
Type: HTML Document
Connection: Not Encrypted
Still the background of my desktop is alternating gray and white and may send me into a seizure before long.
I would appreciate any help.
Thanks in advance.