I've picked up a piece of malware and I can't get rid of it. Just to amuse everybody, I'll relate the whole sad tale. I've recently registered penetratingoil ,co,uk, penetrating-oil ,co,uk and penetrating-oil ,com, so I was trying to research for material to put on the sites. You can imagine, that sort of research is going to dredge up some interesting material. I did find an attack site by accident, but Firefox blocked it - or so I thought. Somehow I've acquired one of those nasty programs used by attack sites - the kind that says you need a virus scan, and installs a large selection to make sure it has something to find. Now, strange things happen during searches (both Google and Bing, with both Firefox and Safari). Mostly, they function normally. Then, once in a while I will click on a link and be taken to a completely different (and apparently normal) corporate site - not a porn site. So I close the tab, search again, and I'm back to normal. But soon after, I will click on a link and get the malware link appearing - " you have a virus, go to this site for a scan". Well, I'm still working. If I drop the line and click on OK, it can't take me to the site and I can get rid of it until next time. Or I can alt-ctrl-del and close the browser. Depending on how long it is active when it pops up, I get a variety of viruses and trojans installed if I don't lose the line quickly. I've also had windows pop up spontaneously a few times, taking me to legit gaming sites. I'm using a patched OEM version of XP because I'm not giving Microsoggy the smell of a fart. Unfortunately, if I try to use Norton, it takes out the patch during installation (is that a dirty trick or what?), so I'm using Avast! - it is removing the viruses, but it can't find the malware, and neither can I. Help! PS: as I clicked to make this post, I got a pop-up taking me to one of those sites. Avast detected the incoming virus, and dropped the connection. LOL where is this hiding?