Just reformatted my system and re-installed XP. Once the install was complete, I thought it would be a good idea to update XP (windows update) before I installed any other programs.
So before having any other program installed (no fire wall, no antivirus, nothing) I went online to the Windows Update site and I instantly got hit with adware, "PopUpBlocker6.exe" to be exact and other viruses. I also got several pop up dialogue boxes telling me that the registry was "damaged" and directing me to a website to have it "fixed for free".
I went off line, installed Norton IS, NAV and Adaware. NAV found nothing after a scan, neither did Adware (which was updated). However, NIS was continuously capturing attempts of spyware and dialers trying to log on and send me to websites.
I deleted all the offending programs, once off line.
My question is, how did I get infected with so many so fast. I was online for less than an hour with a dial up connection.