I have been having problems with my computer for weeks now and I finally figured out what was causing it was a piece of malware known as xp antivirus. It is an extremely smart little bugger! For me, it kept popping up saying that my computer was infected with loads of spyware to start with. I found the program and deleted it...I thought. Then I kept having problems with my home page changing and when I would search for something online, it would come up like it normally does, but when I clicked the website I wanted to see, I got redirected to something totally unrelated! That was all annoying enough, but then it shut down my computer without warning and I could only get it to start back up in safe mode! I did some research and found that a simple "uninstall" will not get rid of this and everything I was reading recommended different pieces of information. I tried several methods of manual removal and still had problems. Then I found a site that recommended MalwareBytes' malware removal tool, but I couldn't get to the website to download it because the xp antivirus is way to smart! So I finally found download.com. I was able to download the program from there and it seemingly removed the rest of the program but my computer still wasn't working right! So I downloaded ccleaner also from download.com and ran it. It also caught lots of trojans and things and fixed several registry errors and my computer was running faster, but still only in safe mode. I was beginning to think I was going to have to take my computer to someone who knew what they were doing when I came across Computer Hope.com and stumbled on to this post which suggested downloading yet another program called SDFix which you can download here. I followed the instructions and finally my computer is fixed! I am so glad that I didn't have to take it somewhere and pay loads of money to get it done! Best of all, all of the things I needed to download were free!
Now I can finally get back to listing some beads! :)