Posted 19 December 2008 - 04:29 AM
First of all, I would like to thank all those who have created the walkthroughs and applications for removing malware. The walkthroughs are very informative and applications are something that I recommend to countless people.
I have been dealing with xp antivirus 2008/09 and vista antivirus since about July when I started to see an increase in infections. Within the past week and a half I have had 3 systems that have had the same problem and I have not found a removal procedure to clean the systems. In the past I would typically follow the following procedures to get a system back up and running.
Boot to safemode
Run combofix allowing it to reboot
Boot back into safemode
Install malwarebytes anti malware and spybot search and destroy
run full updated scans with both and remove all infections
Update the antivirus or install AVG and run a full scan removing any infections
Then run windows updates, disk clean up and defrag.
This has worked great up until the past week or so.
Now, when I boot to safemode and try to start combofix, it will not run.
If I open the task manager I can see that it started, but the program is not running.
Within 5 minutes of booting to safemode the system will lock up with cursor movement, so I know that it is something running in the background.
I created a UBCD disk and can run scans from that, but have not added combofix or malwarebytes to the disk yet.
The only way that I have been able to get around these problems is to run a system restore then follow the above steps, but I would rather not do that.
What is this infection? Why are there no patches for it? How do I remove it?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.