Multiple copies of Internet Explorer popping up
Posted on 2007-11-17
A friend was given an old computer. It has Windows 2000. I cleaned it up and installed 500 MB of RAM.
When she initiates Yahoo Messenger, a LARGE number of Internet Explorer instances start up, as evidenced by the task bar. Like, 20 or 30 or more. At that point, the machine slows to a crawl. It gets so slow that it actually appears to stop dead. But the IE's keep coming and coming.
It occurred to me that the machine is possibly infected with a virus. There is an older version of Symantec installed, but when it gets around to it, it pops up a yellow message box stating "Virus protection is disabled", or something like that.
I can't seem to get to the Symantec "Main" window, to turn it on, or do a Scan.
I'm thinking to just purchase an up-to-date Symantec Virus package. But before I spend any money on this, I thought I would check here.
Question: Is this strange I.E. behavior possibly some kind of system malfunction? Or am I right in thinking it may be infected? If so, I would like an opinion on what virus protection to get. I'm not particularly in love with Symantec.
- - Norma Posy