In Task Manager, IEXPLORE.EXE is running and can't be stopped. When I try to kill the process I get the "Access denied" error message. Also, Task Manager shows that another instance of IEXPLORE.EXE is attempting to run. So, I have two versions of IEXPLORE.EXE running, one with a constant PID, the other version has a constantly changing PID. Which leads me to believe that something like my pop-up blocker is constantly stopping the second version. That's just a guess.
I've run SpyBot, AdAware SE, Spy Sweeper, McAfee and Housecall to name a few. No luck. I've run RegClean and Ace Utilities to clean the registry. No luck. I've run HijackThis and killed a few items, but everything looks pretty clean now. I've run Disk Cleaner and have deleted a bunch of temp files. No luck. I've tried booting in Safe Mode, but the problem still occurs in Safe Mode.
It's not really slowing down my machine, but it's a major annoyance. Anyone have any ideas on this? I'm at a total loss right now. I can post my HijackThis log if you like. I'm running Win2K SP4. Thanks.
Also, my browser hasn't been hijacked. I still have the same home page and bogus URL's are directed to Google (which is desired).
Edited by phikappa, 10 July 2006 - 05:14 PM.