A few seconds later I realized that Microsoft does not generally update in this manner and in any case no follow up screens resulted from my checking the box.
Uh oh. At that moment I began received a series of message: “Sonic Activation Module”, software I’ve never used. These messages refused to go away no matter how many times I tried to close them.
Then I noticed the PC slowing down and checked CPU usage; it was nearly 100% with no apparent programs running. I shut it down and looked in my Windows XP for dummies book which recommended a procedure to rectify this mess, as follows:
· Erase all restore points
2. Click Start, right-click on My Computer, and choose properties;
3. Click the System Restore tab and select the Turn Off System Restore check box;
4. Click Apply and the click OK
6. Update antivirus program with the latest definitions, scan and disinfect your entire computer
7. When the computer is disinfected, repeat Steps 1 through 4, except that in Step 2, uncheck Turn Off System Restore.
· Then create a new restore point for future use.
It worked! Wow, I may have a whole new career in IT. Not.