I'm running Windows XP. There's no real error messages, so I'll just try to describe what's happening. Essentially search results in Firefox are being redirected. And I can't get onto sites such as Lavasoft or anything else that might fix an infection. (I'm on my laptop typing this)
Ad-Aware finds nothing, or at least, not what's causing this. My anti-virus is PCTools, and that also finds nothing. Using a USB stick, I tried to install Spybot Search and Destroy and Spyware Terminator. The latter installs and it says it's detected stuff, but when it finishes the scan, nothing. The former simply won't work.
I also tried to install HijackThis and that won't install at all.
The other weird thing is that it won't boot in Safe Mode. It gets stuck at a blank screen and won't load. There's a ctfmon at startup and I disabled that, but it doesn't seem to have any real effect, other than not loading on the first restart. I've disabled my internet connection on that computer too because I just don't know what it's doing.
I'm totally stumped as to what I should do next... Halp?
Edit: oh, and one other thing. An .exe file with a random name like, pjhjjgm, I'm not for sure on that, asked for internet access before this all happened. I denied it, and shortly thereafter, my whole computer froze. And upon restart, the name of the program was no longer in ZoneAlarm's logs. So that's why I am not positive on the name. I only know it started with 'p', had three 'j's and was basically gibberish.
Edited by raito, 03 December 2008 - 08:18 PM.