Posted 23 October 2008 - 10:22 PM
This is a Dell Optiplex GX520 running Windows XP build 2600.xpsp.080143-2111: Service Pack 3.
I'm using Avast! resident protection and anti virus along with zone Labs Zone Alarm.
I followed a link to a .torrent file to update my Registry Mechanic software. It was about 12 MB, which I thought rather large but d'loaded it anyway. The Setup file passed right through Avast!. After running the setup, problems started occuring. During the "setup", Zone Alarm noticed and flagged programs attempting to establish contact w/ the internet. I allowed the first 2, but became suspicious after more came along. I denied these. Then random progams and explorer windows started popping up then disappearing.
Now... I can boot the computer. After booting, it "loops". Like, I can see apps trying to load on the taskbar, but 10 seconds later the taskbar disappears and the computer tries to load them again. In order to get internet explorer up, I have to ctrl alt del and run "iexplore.exe" (that's how I'm typing this right now). I have no desktop, no icons.
OK, I booted to safe mode and selected "Last known working configuration". That didn't work. Booted to safe mode again in "Safe" mode only so I could scan the computer w/ Avast!. Same thing.
I was able to scan w/ Avast! and also scan w/ Spybot S&D in safe mode eventually and out of tenacity. Avast! found 5 infections and Spybot found 1... I deleted all of them thinking that my troubles were over. Rebooted in safe mode and got the same result... desktop for 10 seconds and it disappears.
On one restart, I got a message that said something like "hehipyfa.exe is failing to respond. End now?" That's NOT a program I recognize, so I jotted it down, hit "end now" and continued working. I then Googled it... nothing came up. So, in safe mode, I pulled up a cmd prompt and did a "find" search... it was loted in D&S\All\App Data\fghwtyhm\hehipyfa.exe. Still using the cmd prompt, I deleted it.
Same thing. Desktop for 10 seconds and it goes away. On a normal start up, I also noticed a warning pop up... it said that windows cannot find e./idlist" and then some numbers... (I can't find them now). So I did regedit and looked for the string... nothing showed up. I went to my Wife's computer (running XP) and searched for all instances of "e,/idlist". I copies all the locations of the registry locations and printed them out. Then went to my (screwed up) computer and located each of these locations and they matched exactly.
Can anyone lend a hand?