Not sure where I got it from but it seems like my computer got infected with something. It might have come from a file hosting site? A pop up would keep coming up with an alert saying that my computer has been affected, and that I should buy some kind of software to remove the spyware. Here’s how one of the pop up looks like:
My wallpaper got replaced with a “Warning! Spyware detected on your computer” blue wallpaper. My screen saver also got changed to be that of bugs crawling around. Here’s how the blue wallpaper looks like:
I ran AVG, TrendMicro HouseCall (IE dies on me every time it’s ready to scan for spyware), Mcafee, Spybot S&D but nothing showed up!
I did a search, and I found the bitmap background that was showing up as my wallpaper in C:\WINDOWS\system32. I also found an .exe application with the same name (lphc3r4j0e78r.exe) in the same folder. However, I can’t delete it, and I don’t see any suspicious process running. I also did a search for *.scr to find the bugs screen saver (blphc3r4j0e78r.scr) to try to get it to stop but it just came back even after I deleted it.
That’s about all I know to do
. I can’t do system restore since all my restore points before the infection got wiped out. I’m on Windows XP.
Thanks in advance for your help!