From: Computerpilot on 07/25/2002|
Was the file you downloaded legitimate? It sounds like a fun Trojan. In case you are unfamiliar with a Trojan, it is a small program that is disguised as something a computer use would want to download. It is usually disquised as freeware or shareware that the user wants to add to their system. It can also be in the form of a JPG image (newly discovered) or even embedded in a Office document! If you are not sure that the file you downloaded is by a big name (HP, Compaq, Microsoft, Intel, a hardware manufacturer, Corel, etc.), then you may have a trojan running on your computer.
The best way to avoid these is to have a current version of an Antivirus software. Do you have one? If so, make sure that the virus definitions are up to date. The method to do this varies from program to program. Then right-click on the file in question and run a virus scan on that file.
If you do not have a virus software installed, go buy one! I recommend Norton 2002 Antivirus (red label for $40, do not buy any premium editions or system utility programs). DELETE THE DOWNLOADED FILE! Then take a look at the startup items. The simple way of checking for unusual startup items is to go to start, programs, then startup items. See if there is a program in there that is not familiar to you. A more advanced way to check your startup programs is to go to the system information. To get there, you go to Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, System Information. When you get there, choose the 'Tools' menu at the top. Then select the system configuration tool. From there, you can select the programs you do not want to load at startup by 'un-checking' the box.
This is a start. Please post back with more information after you get a virus software and I might be of more help.