Sure enough the message that c:windows/system32/protector.exe" is trying to access the internet was there. Selecting any of the options presented (ie. block all access) did nothing and the message pops up every 20-30 seconds.
I have updated and run McAfee virus scan and updated the firewall. No good, same message. I have also updated and run zoftspy, no good. Those two aps show the computer as being clean, but this problem persists.
I can find no process by this name in task manager and can locate no program by this name anywhere on the box.
I can find no useful information on this problem via Google and haven't come across a similar problem on this board (I will admit my search hasn't been exhaustive).
Has anyone heard of this in the past, and have you any idea where I should go from here?
Great board by the way. Nice to see y'all helping out folks like me.