Hi all, I've come to this board to figure out how to fix this problem of mine that for the past 4 days I've struggled with. To start off, I'm not computer illiterate and I generally have a good idea about how to fix these problems but I've given up all hope and I'm at a roadblock, once again.
A few days ago, I started receiving messages about Worm.W32.Netsky being on my laptop, along with a "Windows Security Alert" and a System alert message:
"Worm.Win32.NetSky detected on your machine. This virus is distributed via the Internt through e-mail and Active-X objects. The worm has its own SMTP engin which means it gathers e-mails from your local computer and re-distributes itself. In worst case this worm can allow attackers to access your computer, stealing passwords and personal data.
This process should be removed from your system."
"Windows has detected an Internet attack attempt...
Somebody's trying to infect your PC with spyware or harmful viruses. Run full system scan now to protect your PC from Internet attacts, hijacking attempts and spyware! Click to download spyware remover for total protection"
System detected virus activities. These may impact the performance of your computer. Please, use recomended (their spelling, not mine) antispyware to protect your system from parasite programs." It pops up in the bottom right bar with a symbol of a Stop Sign with a white X in the middle. I don't have Stop Sign, at least not to my knowledge, so I imagine this is something else.
At first, I thought it was Window being nice and telling me to fix this, although I was skeptical, and I went ahead with one of their downloads, TrustedAntivirus (foolish me). 2 days later, I managed to remove apparently several viruses using AVG, and over 100 things of spyware with AdAware SE Personal. I've ran my laptop in Safe Mode and scanned it with AVG (for a second time, first time was not in Safe mode and it removed all that) and about 30 tracking cookies came up (What was odd was that I looked at my laptop one second and saw the scan running, I looked back less than a minute later and it was gone, POOF. Literally) I figured that AVG went ahead and removed them, that was this morning. When I got home earlier I ran a MRT, Malware Removal Tool scan, also while the laptop was in safe mode, and 3 hours and over a million files scanned later, it came up completely empty. Nothing. Nada. That was about 20 minutes ago. I put the laptop off of safe mode and restored System Restore (which was off when AVG and MRT did the scans by the way) and I'm still receiving these messages.
I'm completely fed up with this and I'm at a loss of what to do now. Currently I'm running Symantec W32.Netsky FixTool 1.12.0 and babysitting it to stop these pop up from slowing it down anymore.
If there is absolutely anything someone can tell me to do, that hopefully doesn't involve having to buy anything, please tell me. I have a feeling that the problem might lie with the System Restore, that all seemed confusing to me so yeah.
PS - Oh yeah, I looked up 1 thing and it happened to be on THIS site and someone posted to delete all temp. files and cookies and all that good mess but none of that worked for me. I tried to find out where the topic was moved to but I couldn't so I thought it was best to make another one. ;)