I'm completely stumpted. My girlfriend has picked up the slotch bar IVC adware nasty and last week i tried every thing to get rid of it. Symptoms:
1. regedit would not open
2. msconfig would not open
3. the shift/control/delete program manager only flashes up for a millisecond and then disappears
4. Internet is sending and receiving thousands of megabyes for no reason (without even turning internet explorer on)
So - I reformatted the hard drive (format c: not fdisk).
After reloading windows XP and reconnecting to the internet the same problems reappeared without even connecting to an internet site. Megabytes being transferred in and out without reason.
It seems as though someone (or something) has control of the computer. We cannnot connect to websites without very long delays - obviously because the band width is being used for some other purpose and any other program takes an age to load.
The system is relatively new:
pentium 4 - 1,7Mhz