By now, I'm very frustrated but I'll do my best to explain my situation as clearly and succinctly as possible.
I was doing some work earlier today, and all of a sudden, a red circle with a white X shows up on the bottom right of screen stating, "Your computer is infected". I started typing in "registry cleaners" into google and every single link that I'd click on would be sent to BS websites for stopzilla or generic websites that contain links to download registry cleaners. I typed in ad-aware and spybot and same result. Any link that would help me in getting rid of my "infection" would be deflected to a BS website. So I went back to my AVG and update does not work. Trouble connecting to server. So I DL Spybot and Ad-Aware from downloads.com and install. Spybot had problems installing because I had checked "Download updates immediately" and it would say "Cannot connect to server". So i installed it without updates and tried to run it and nothing happens. No error message, no cmd prompt flashing; nothing. So I install Ad-Aware and this time it can update. Run it and get rid of random things.
Search online on my buddy's comp, since mine won't work. I tried HijackThis but it doesn't start. Tried again in Safe Mode; nothing. DL SDFix and nothing. Also DLed Malwarebyte Anti-Malware and nothing.
Please, if anyone can help, I would greatly appreciate it. I've already reformatted my computer numerous times and cringe at the thought of having to do it again. I thank everyone in advance for any help they can give me.
I'm runing XP with the latest service pack. I will provide any additional info to help with a fix.
Edited by viperkp, 19 November 2008 - 09:31 PM.