I'm new to this site and this is my first post, so I hope I'm using it the way you all intended !! I seem to have a virus that's called worm.win32.netbooster. I've googled it and according to what I've read, it's trying to get me to download a "fix" that's really a worse virus.
I have an old VAIO laptop (PCG-K17), I'm running Windows XP with Service Pack 2. My Internet Explorer is version 7.0.5730.13IS. I've had no new applications installed and no other changes to my pc, but apparently a random web surfing session and a mistaken download has left me with this virus.
Some of the symptons include:
1) A message that says "VIRUS ALERT!" in the lower right side of my screen by the clock
2) I cannot access my control panel, as the only option now listed under START > SETTINGS is "Taskbar and Start Menu"
3) Several consistent popups that tell me that my computer is infected with a virus. Some are vague but one in particular names worm.win32.netbooster as the culprit
4) Internet Explorer randomly opens itself and takes me to various places to download "fixes"
5) There are lots of new buttons in my Internet Explorer that I cannot delete including "Remove Popups" "Scan Spyware" "Security Test" and "Spam Protection"
6) The virus has changed my IE homepage to: http://softwarereferral.com/jump.php?wmid=...6Ojg5&lid=2
6) My pc is running VERY slowly, as it appears the virus is consuming most of my pc resources
I found this post on bleepingcomputer.com about worm.win32.netbooster: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/140864/wormwin32netbooster/
I followed some of the instructions, but I realized I should probably re-post since my problem could be slightly dfferent.
So far what I have done is run Lavasoft's Ad-Adware, which found several crtical objects and removed them, but that did nothing to resolve my issue. I also ran CCleaner, which removed some things (as it always does) but again that did nothing to really help. I generally use Ad-Aware, Spybot, and CCleaner every month or so to keep my pc clean, and I defrag every so often. In the past I used Norton Anti-virus, but I found it did next to nothing but consume PC resources, so I got rid of it about a year ago. I keep my installed applications to a minimum so this rather old laptop can run more smoothly (only 512 mb of RAM!!!)
Following the above post, I downloaded SmitFraudFix to my desktop, though I haven't used it yet. I then downloaded AVG and ran it while in safe mode, and I watched it pick up about a dozen files and quarantine them. When I rebooted, I was able to access my Control Panel, and the "VIRUS ALERT!" message by my clock had disappeared. But slowly all the symptoms returned, I can only assume that parts of the virus are still on my pc and they just re-downloaded whatever AVG removed.
Before I do anything else figured I should ask for help. The AVG I downloaded seems to be a newer version than the one mentioned above (I got version 8.0) so some of the instructions I could not follow exactly.
Any help would be greatly appreciated, and I apologize if I overlooked a previous post that has covered this. If I have, a link to that post would be most helpful.
Edited by Robttt, 02 August 2008 - 04:31 AM.