"I thought I'd get your theories, mock them, then embrace my own. The usual." -- House
"You guys are still thinking like doctors when you should be thinking like plumbers. Come on, I wanna see some butt crack." -- House
Thanks to everyone's help, I was able to identify some of infected files running the antivirus that Johnny Footstool suggested prior to Windows booting (so my skepticism was thankfully wrong ). I'm definitely not 100% confident everything is 100% back to the way it was prior to getting this, but at least I can launch programs like Hijack This and Search and Destroy Now. Thanks so much to everyone again...I'll keep you posted.
Thanks so much once again, everyone. I appear to be good to go again *knock on wood*.
The Virus is likely in your system's memory so that you can only remove it upon booting up - as mentioned above do a boot-time scan with Avast and it should find it - keep Avast running and these malware programs will not bother you again - I've been using it for years now.
Avast rocks! Glad it worked for you, Boss!
"I prefer books and movies where the conflict isn't of the extreme cannibal apocalypse variety I guess." Redsfaithful
I've picked up that evil little bug at least three times now - took three different way to zap it. Once was a total system wipe (It had been three years since I had last done it, anyhow). Another time, I used a peer to peer to pick up Spybot (I couldn't download anything), and a third time I used a peer to peer to pick up a program called "VundoFix" (I think that is the one). All three worked - and I still have no idea how I picked that junk up.
CCleaner is great, as is Glary Utilities. I run Glary about 3-4 times a week.
I had a redirect when my daughter started using peer to peer to get music. took a day to clean off the crap.
My suggestions are to do the following:
- From another computer get a copy of malware bytes
- install malwarebytes and reboot into safemode without networking
- run malwarebytes. go out to dinner.
- reboot into safe mode with networking, allow malwarebytes to update. If it updates, run it again.
- Open your hosts file, and clear it.
- Run Spybot and re-immunize.
If that doesn't do the trick, Hijack This is likely your only option
“I’ll just take my walk,” he said, to laughter. One reporter followed up that Hamilton might be able to score from first on a single. “If he does, that’s great. Isn’t that crazy? Think about that: I hit a single and got an RBI. Like I said, crude stat, right?”
I had a similar situation recently which a really nasty hijacker that I couldn't get rid of. I ran those spyware programs I had...Ad-Aware and SpySweeper - but they didn't remove it.
I ended up buying XoftSpySE, which is highly rated, and it did the trick. I use it quite regularly now
"panic" only comes from having real expectations