Thank you, Wensksie! I suspected that the warnings I kept receiving that my version of Antivirus 2009 was not registered was some form of malware. I downloaded the trial version of Trend Micro's antivirus software suite, updated definitions and run full scans, but the problem still kept happening. I went to Symantec's web site and searched on iemonster or Antivirus 2009 and came up empty. Windows would keep shutting down and the problem got progressively worse. The message I got said that Antivirus 2009 detected spyware and had to do a memory physical dump. The filename is spyware.monster.fx_wild_0x00000000. I went to control panel, add/delete programs, but could not find Antivirus 2009 there. I even tried deleting the file: c://windows/system32/iesetup.dll, but it was like a monster that kept coming back! I knew then I had malware. So, I came here to see what I could find and tried the steps you suggested by going to task manager, ending the task, then totally deleted the AV9 folder. Everything disappeared, including icons and annoying pop ups and Windows is not longer shutting down and doing memory dumps. Thank you!Friday, August 22, 2008 12:43 AM
If you are using Windows Live OneCare and you have been infected, but OneCare did not detect or cannot remove the malware, please contact support to report this and for help with removal.
How to reach support (FAQ) - http://forums.microsoft.com/WindowsOneCare/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=2421771&SiteID=2
If you are not using Windows Live OneCare, you are off topic for this forum. This is not a general forum for viruses, spyware, or Windows Help. For help with spyware issues, you may want to try the forums here:
http://aumha.net/ For help with virus removal, contact the maker of your Antivirus program.
If you are in North America, you can call 866-727-2338 for help with virus and spyware infections. See http://www.microsoft.com/protect/support/default.mspx for details. For international information, see your local subsidiary Support site.Friday, August 22, 2008 12:38 PMModerator