Recently I visited a website and i seem to have some sort of infection. It is almost exactly the same symptoms as described in another post on this site: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/160166/wallpaper-replaced-by-warning-spyware-detected-on-your-computer/
"Blue Wallpaper with yellow/blue box stating "Warning! spyware detected on your computer Install an antivirus or spyware remover to clean your computer"
Fake Blue Screens of Death with lots of text describing system errors etc.
Fake random windows startup screens appearing to restart computer
Website redirects to other sites
Also Task manager is'nt working it says "Task manager has been disabled by your Administrator" when I press Ctrl + Alt + Delete.
And in the Display Properties the only Tags visible are "Themes" "Apperance" and "Settings"
In my case the redirection is always to localhost (127.0.0.1)
Due to the redirection problem I am unable to complete the preparation guide.
I have downloaded Spybot and Ad-Aware2008 (The most recent definition files too) and transferred them to the infected PC.
I have run ad-aware and unfortunately I get so far and it closes with an unhandled exception. It can not send the crash report either because of the redirection. I have tried running ad-aware 3 times now with the same result.
I thought I would try running Spybot first and see if that would fix the problem and then try ad-aware again.
I cannot install spybot though... during the install it tries to connect to the update server? and obviously fails as it cannot connect due to the redirection.
My PC is running Windows XP with SP2 although I have not carried out any updates on it for a while....
Please help, I would like to know how to proceed. Should I just try to install and run HJT and post the results in the correct forum?