My problem is very insidious, and also very weird. As soon as I connect to the internet, my CPU is flooded by multiple instances of ctfmon.exe, about 17 to 20 instances in the Task Manager. They appear only for a moment before disappearing again, but then multiples instances of explorer.exe (the Windows Explorer, not Internet Explorer) pop up, using anywhere from 25% to 60% of my CPU. Sometimes, even multiple instances of dllhost.exe pop into the Task Manager as well. At this point, my malware removal and prevention steps have taken me through running in Safe Mode and running Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Spybot - Search and Destroy, and even Windows Malware Removal Tool. These programs find no infected files, and say the computer is clean. Doing research has been hell. I have to continually disable and enable my network adaptor to keep from being overrun, but I have succeeded somewhat. A lot of the forums I have looked at say this is a rootkit issue; one person even started deleting registry keys (I have absolutely no intention of playing that type of Russian Roulette). I saw an entry here, linked at http://forums.malwarebytes.org/index.php?/topic/140963-multiple-instances-of-explorerexe-in-task-manager/, and the solution went very far, but the user stopped responding near the end, and thus the topic was closed. Instead of just blindly following that topic, I have decided to post here myself to find out what should be done in my case. Any assistance would be appreciated. My smartphone is currently unaffected, so I will be receiving e-mail updates by following my thread on here, and I will turn my adaptor back on to receive instructions and continue to debug this issue. Thank you very much for your time.