The folder "Application Data" is also "gone" - probably hidden. No trace of any files I've seen named that are associated with this virus have been found on my computer. If I try to do a search for them, the computer locks up. If I try to access a site like this, the computer locks up. My anti-virus software will not connect to the internet and seems to lock up during the scan process.
It seems I cannot install any programs (I read about changing the extension and will try that). I'm trying to run a system scan again to see if my virus software can pick it up, but somehow I doubt it will find an invisible culprit.
The program also lowers internet security to 0 and turns off "show pictures." You can see the program scanning each screen - probably adding a layer for misdirecting inquiries. I don't know if it is stealing information. While trying to find MBAM, I was misdirected to a bogus site with a similar name which is probably connected with the virus. Luckily, as both my son and I had seen the real site on our other computers, we realized we weren't where we were supposed to be.
I'll let you know if changing the file extension on MBAM allows the program to run, but, if this information indicates a different starting point to resolve this, please let me know...
Edited by Cillasi, 21 December 2008 - 01:47 PM.