Today whilst trying to talk to my friends on a voicechat server suddenly all of my windows closed, and my computer went into restart. I have never seen this before, and its almost as if i had just hit start > shutdown > restart. Everything closed neatly. Upon restart, everything seemed sort of normal but after opening firefox i get a page that looks awefully like a firefox page saying something about how im at risk and i should click this line of text to proceed safely. Being the patent idiot that i am, i click the line of text and i get forwarded to system-defender or something similar, red flags are going up at this point. So i get on msn messenger to whinge about the possible malware problem to a friend, but when i open the messenger gui it closes itself, along with all the other messengering programs and my security software (avg free and lavasoft adaware)
Of course at this point its obvious i have some kind of problem going on, so i try all my usual tricks, adaware scan (comes up with nothing but tracking cookies), avg scan (comes up clean, updated last night) and system restore as a last hope. Distressingly, system restore doesnt work! I get to the screen that wants me to hit next to continue, and the button does nothing. I downloaded himan pro, it errors out on scan. I googled around a bit, and found that Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware seems to be standard issue for serious malware problems. I downloaded the installer on another machine, burned it to a cd, and brought it to the sick computer. It wouldnt install, not in normal mode and not in safe mode. So i copied it to the harddrive and renamed it, then ran it. It seemed to install fine then, but it hung pretty hard on the 'finishing' procedure. I let it cook for 20 minutes and it finally 'finished' so i try to run it, and no dice. I renamed the exe file and still no dice.
I've just tried to start the computer into normal mode and it's wholly unsresponsive, i dont know if this is due to whatever problem im having or the run of the mill weird hangups i have occasionally. Normally at this point i would just format the harddrive and reinstall windows but i REALLY dont want to do this, i have ALOT of important stuff on there, largely music i've produced thats linked to very specific and unique files that i would be unable to replace.
I am 99.9 percent im infected, but what with and how to remove it i'm out of options at this point, thats why i'm here. Can i have help resolving these issues? I'm in over my head here, thanks
Update: Holy crap i actually got malwarebytes to work. I'll update again on the status of it working or not working.
Edited by Inane Cathode, 30 November 2008 - 08:39 PM.