Hi, I am posting this on behalf of Derek who cannot access LPA right now due to serious issues with his computer but is able to access AIM: Hey guys, about an hour or so ago I was going through the internet when suddenly I was hit with a porn pop-up (while not even being on a porn site mind you) and I thought "..stupid popups" and clicked out of it. Well out of my control, suddenly it kept re-opening itself over and over again and me, getting mad...end tasked the sucker, thinking it would stop it. That's when all hell broke loose. Suddenly I couldn't control my computer and I sat there helplessly as it instantly downloaded tons of harmful programs such as a "Free XXX" desktop icon, a 'anti-spyware' program and a "Desktop Search" application (I am quoting all of these apps in the idea that you could possibly look this up or write symantec about it) onto my desktop. Well before I knew it, it changed my desktop to a 'blue screen' (I didnt actually get a blue screen, it was more like a blue screen wallpaper) and I found I was unable to open System Restore, and it doesn't allow me to open my computer so I can backup my files (I was able to open the folders on a non-adminstrator account..but before long it tried to launch the programs associated with the files and the PC crashed), so I'm not sure what to do here. In all my life I've never experienced a virus quite this bad and I'm trying my best to stay calm even though I'm not sure I can fix this. Luckily for me my AIM still happens to work (however you have to IM me on panoway as zshadowofadoubt isnt working) and if you want to send me help through there you are more than welcome to. Furthermore, I was able to get onto LPA forums' main page but when I went to go to a thread it redirected me to one of those top related searches pages. If there's anything you guys can do to help me, please tell me now. I honestly am not looking forward to formatting my hard drive and if I can possibly run a tool to eradicate this virus I'd be more than happy. Also, the last time I ran safe mode it locked up..so I'm not quite sure about that. Any suggestions guys? I'm so upset right now that this happened.