I just downloaded HijackThis and came up with a log that I was going to post here, but then I started wondering if I might actually have another option. A little background info, first:
I bought a new computer a couple months ago, and (probably) through my own doing managed to infect it with a host of viruses, trojans, and miscellaneous spywares. I've spent the last week or so trying different things and different virus scanners in order to clean it up. Smitfraud and Virtumonde seem to have been the primary culprits, but I think I finally managed to get both of them quarantined and/or deleted. However, the pop-ups are still appearing, and I'm still unable to get my Automatic Updates. I had been running Avast before, but it was TrendMicro's Internet Security that finally nailed the "Vundo" trojan this evening. For a short time, I got my Automatic Updates to turn back on, but they stopped after I restarted the computer (even though subsequent system scans come up clean). So, now I'm realizing the full extent of the damage that appears to have already been done, and I'm thinking my best bet might be to just start fresh. Can I be assured that reformatting my hard drive and reinstalling XP will get rid of everything Virtumonde might use to reappear? Do you know if this particular virus is capable of something as sneaky as preventing certain sectors of the hard drive from being formatted in order to survive? Or is there any other way it could still hide, either in the registry, or in any of my data files, or somewhere I simply wouldn't be able to erase it completely? FYI, I know my one hard drive (there are two) has a partition on it that was intended to be used with a Vista recovery disc (the original OS), but I don't know if that might be a factor or not. If it's a sure thing, I'm desperate enough at this point that starting back at square one is getting more and more appealing to me. What do you think?
I sincerely appreciate whatever assistance or advice you can provide.
Edited by MisterGreen17, 11 December 2008 - 02:15 AM.