The problems started on Tuesday evening, ads in websites became more malicious (i.e. "You have a virus! Click here to get the latest scanner!" or "Someone has left you a message") and I could no longer search Google or access Facebook. I ran McAfee Security Center 2008 on Wednesday and found nothing. I then installed and ran SpyBot - Search & Destroy on Thursday and it found numerous cases of "Virtumonde". Based on the description given by SpyBot, I believe this is causing the problems.
Trouble is, although SpyBot will recognise and "fix" the problem, it keeps returning. Whenever I do a scan I keep finding the Virtumonde virus. However, I am now able to search Google and access Facebook. But Virtumonde is still there, and understandly, I would like it gone.
Furthermore, my computer is now complaining that Automatic Updates has been switched off (despite the fact when I go to System in Control Panel I can see that it is on). When I click the button to turn Automatic Updates back on in the error window, it tells me that Windows Security Center cannot change these settings for me, and that I'll have to do it manually (despite the fact that Auto Updates are on). Could this be related to the Virtumonde virus?
I'd really appreciate some help on this. I've already backed up my files just in case, but if anyone can help me fix this problem, that'd be great.
Just so I don't waste your time let me tell you the other things I've already tried (other than McAfee and SpyBot): VundoFix (which didn't find anything), Symantic Vundo Removal Tool (didn't find anything) and Ad-Aware Free, which crashes half way through every scan after the 'Infected Files counter quickly accelerates to 447.
So, any help would be greatly appreciated. I've had a search on Google and found topics and blogs where people talk about registry files and deleting particular things etc., but I don't want to cause any more damage.
EDIT: I forgot to add, I'm running Windows XP.
Edited by LoveTechH8Computers, 25 July 2008 - 12:40 PM.