I have what appears to be a spyware/malware issue that I just cant solve on my W7 64-bit machine. Got a pop-up message from out of nowhere the other day that my HD was going bad...immediately I thought virus. Turned my computer off, did a systemt restore > 1 week ago, and now everything appears fine, save for the fact that clicking on a valid link in IE more often than not brings me to a shopping site, or something similiar - behaviour that is indicative of spyware/malware. Plus, most (but not all) of my desktop icons are dimmed, and my Admin Tools folder is empty. Also, even though my Favs do reside in my Favs folder, they do not appear in my list in IE. I ran two scans each of: AVG (full and complete scan utilizing all options available) CCleaner SUPER AntiSpyware Spybot Malwarebytes Ad-Aware I even physically removed the HD, popped it in an enclosure, hooked it up to another computer, and scanned it with NAV. Though no viruses were found, there were some cookies and related items that were found, and deleted. However, my problem still remains. I did a sfc /scannow, but got a "Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations." I am ready to format and start over, but was hoping that someone had an idea that I may have overlooked. Thank you for any ideas!