After a long on line shopping search, I got a warning popup at the system tray saying -
"Your computer is infected ! Windows has detected spyware infection. It is recommended to use special antispyware tools to prevent data loss. Windows will now download and install the most up-to-date antispyware for you. Click here to protect your computer from spyware."
When I clicked on the balloon I got a site trying to sell me something called "SpyAxe".
I ran AVG scan which picked up and healed a trojan downloader.
Following the restart of the machine, AVG pro, PestPatrol and Microsoft Antispyware Beta 1, all up to date, do not bring up any infections or issues. According to them, machine is clean.
However, my home page is now a scare story telling me that my computer is infected and that I should purchase this "SpyAxe" programme.
Internet Explorer properties still have Google as my home page, and, indeed, Google is on the drop down menu at the top of the screen above the unwanted home-page.
Although the scans etc say all is well, something is obviously still on the machine, to keep diverting my home page.
similar problems to some other threads I have searched on the forum.....I have run the latest versions of adaware and spybot with no joy - also deleted every reference to spyaxxe i can find through normal searching.
in my registry when i search 'spy axe' i find three responses as follows
default reg-5z ..value not set 000 reg 5-z spyaxe 001 reg - 5z hijack
can i delete these safely ??
any other advice please
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