Ok guys and gals, here is a chance to show your stuff. Problem is as follows:
My computer running Windows ME has recently started to just lock for maybe 20-30 seconds when on the internet and then it is ok for a while until it does the same thing again.
I ran a scan using XoftSpySE. It reports a severe risk trojan with a file in the Windows\system folder called INTERNAT.EXE. Now I can usually delete any spyware, malware, etc. without to much trouble, but not this one. When this one is deleted, it reappears after about 4 seconds.
And yes, I know there is an article on this website about deleting this trojan. And yes, I know there is a valid Microsoft file called the same thing -- This is not a valid file.
Problem is it seems all the normal tools used to kill these things are blocked. Here is a list --
When I go to Safe Mode, the mouse no longer works.
When I try to open control panel, it will not open.
When I check the registry to find the offending files, none are found. So, I check for hidden files.
When I try to show the hidden files ( thinking the trojan files are hidden), there is a gray rectangle over the selection of hidden/not hidden files .... and I am unable to see the hidden files.
When I run the Autoruns program to show what is started and running, nothing unusual shows up -- I think the malware file(s) may be hidden.
I ran the SpyBot - Search and Destroy -- but it does not even recognize the trojan.
Anyone got any idea of how to get rid of this thing ?? or even how to get the mouse to work in safe mode ?? I think if I can get into the safe mode and stop this thing from starting ... then I can handle the rest.
I'll be gone Friday and return on Friday night.