Have just been targetted by spyware program called Medichi.exe.
Started by clicking on an image on the web and my system instantly shut down and rebooted. I did not have the foresite to get it into safe mode when it rebooted either. As soon as the computer was back up and running files started to be copied over the internet connection and I was told that I had spyware on my machine and I needed to download some advertised spyware repair software to sort the problem out. Having realised it had knocked out Norton I did manage to download Spydoctor which detected the Medichi.exe and Medichi2.exe files, but having deleted these they reappeared on the next reboot.
In terms of the effect on the laptop... I could no longer run Norton, The control panel was non-accessable, I couldn't change the time/date and when I did it said there were restrictions in place and I should contact the system administrator!
I did have a go at starting in safe mode to do a system retore, but this to had been affected and I could only do a system restore at dates after the infection!
I am fully prepared to "flatten" the C drive and start again, but I wondered if there is anything else at all I can try before I do this to clean the laptop up as tracking down all the installation disks will take a long while.
Reading previous posts I guess I should download HiJackThis and post the report. Will this help with the fix ort should I just cut my losses and re-format?
Any help will be greatly appreciated.Edit: Moved topic to the more appropriate forum, as mentioned in the post below . ~ Animal