i did some searching and found the program file that was causing the icons, and it was in a program titled PCHealthCenter. i deleted all of the files in the folder, including some .exe's named simply 1-7. the .exe's were in my processes so i stopped them and deleted them. i then started to google some of hte processes i had running, some came up as they could go either way, others came up definately negative. they all started with YUR followed by numbers and letters. i researched all of them and they seemed to be attached to some sort of vundo virus. i stopped all of the processes. i also tried using the symantec FixVudno to no avail. i also tried VundoFix from atribune.org as it seemed legit. of course this did not fix the issue either. i did some googling which brought me to a site called exterminate_it.com. i followed some of the advice looking through registry keys and such, but after going through about 40 registry keys and not finding any they listed, i gave up hope. the registry values mentioned to delete shared the same "YUR" beginnings, so i deleted all of the registry values with YUR. this didn't really fix anything that i could notice. i later notice that the "X" in the exterminate-it program was the same on some of hte popups, and the genuises made it so googling theirvirus would bring you right to their scam site which would "fix" the virus they infected you with. i'm a little upset.
i've also tried adaware, and it picked up 22 infected files, but never finished "deleting" the infected files (sat for hours and i ended up just closing the program), but i'm sure it cleaned something up. i've also installed spybot search and destroy as well as spyware doctor, however the next problem came up. i try to update the programs because its required upon installation, however everytime i try this, it fails with the error message of being unable to connect to the server. i also noticed that my AIM has been able to connect to the AOL server since this issue came about. my firefox has also had server connectivity issues. i also noticed that the internet explorer now runs "without add-ons" and it won't let me reactivate add-ons (its greyed out). some of the popups still come up, one comes up (the one that is the most consistant) but is now blank as all of the images and links on the popup were deleted when i deleted the "PCHealthCenter" program files. i do also remember seeing something for TotalSecure2009. i have hijack this, but have no idea how to use it, i assume it just makes log files for you geniuses to look at? i was using mostly firefox until it recently started having connectivity issues, especially after i "updated" it. it never had the problems with popups and such (obviously), but i'm worried the "update" for firefox was maybe part of the virus?
i am using windows XP. i don't know the other specs of the computer as its a DELL that my dad bought maybe 5-8 years ago. still runs decent considering...
How do i resolve the connectivity issues so my antivirus programs can update?
How do i get rid of this nasty bug?
How do i clear the icons?
I assume these all will be solved together. Thank you very much for any and all help. It is greatly appreciated. Normally i would think nothing of an extra popup or two, but i feel really bad that it came about while i was on the internet, after my dad had finally stepped up to the plate and solved some of the issues. furthermore, my own hard-headedness has probably made the problem worse. I greatly appreciate this. Thank you in advance.
Edited by teriyakisaki, 17 September 2008 - 01:59 AM.