Here I sit, laptop in my lap, watching my antivirus run. Somehow this machine has had a Trojan virus installed.
Unless my PC is down, or I'm on the road, the laptop is mostly used by others: Cliff, the Grandson, and the granddaughters.
I'm inclined to think Cliff accidentally clicked on something to install it. He's not computer savvy, and if you've ever gone mouseless on a laptop, you know it's easy to click something without intending to.
Here's what would happen. Someone would turn on the computer and a program would popup on the screen and begin scanning, listing all sorts of evil things it was finding on the hard drive. If I wanted rid of them, I'd have to buy their upgrade and they'd clean things up. The only way we found to stop this unwanted visitor was to use ctrl/alt/del. After that, I'd go to start, programs, and there would be spyshredder. When I clicked on it, there was an uninstall option, and I'd click that. There'd be a message that the program had been removed, and I'd rejoice.
Next time somebody would turn on the laptop, there it was again.
For some reason, my AVG antivirus was having problems with finding it, but today it's done its job. It's still scanning, but is informing me that it has Spyshredder by the nose.
Ah, it's done, and says the problem is "healed". I'll run Spybot Search and Destroy now, and hopefully be done with this mess.
Wish me luck. I won't know for sure if everything's fixed until I reboot.