After seeing [for only a split second] "Spybot" uncommanded on my taskbar while reading email online,
I updated and ran Spybot (August 18,2008) ... And it claims to have found virtumonde.sci.
I have not attempted to remove it, but will after completing this post. I also downloaded/installed the latest updates of Spyware Blaster and Terminator who found nothing wrong, nor did/does Avast. (I can no longer use AVG: their version 8 destroyed my RAMdrive setup, and when I got the RAMdrive working again, AVG version 7.x now refuses to install at all, claiming a "faulty download", on every 7.x version I try to install. Presumably Registry damage, unrecoverable because version 8 also deleted all my System Recovery Backups without notice).
I have recently noticed multiple browser windows (Seamonkey) sometimes opening uncommanded, (6-8 at once), and several sites refusing to service me, claiming I have no Java (which I do) but then allowing me in on a second attempt.
From what I've just read, Spybot won't be able to remove virtumonde.sci, or it will just reinstall itself.
Under the circumstances I'm unsure if I should try to update my java version... I seem to recall that my previous recent attempts bombed. I do not have a Windows disk (XP-Home on a Sony Vaio 400 series), except the one that completely overwrites my drive:0 (which I cannot do - no current backups, and last dozen attempts to create via Nero bombed).
I am somewhat familiar with manipulating stuff in Safe Mode.
thanks in advance for any suggestions,
P.S. Spybot reports success in removing it(?), and Teatimer reported: Browser Helper Object / Value Deleted
PPS. I have "HijackThis" (and "Belarc Data") but have never really attempted to use.
Edited by Orange Blossom, 19 August 2008 - 06:00 PM.
Move to more appropriate forum. ~ OB