Posted 21 December 2008 - 02:42 PM
This my first post here, so I'll start off by apologising if I've put this in the incorrect place. I stumbled across this forum and have found it to be very informative. As a result, I was wondering whether anyone could help me with a query I have.
Recently, my laptop became infected with Spyware Guard 2008 (hereinafter 'SG2008') and this effectively prevented my laptop from connecting to the internet (everytime I clicked on Internet Explorer 7, it suffered an error and closed). Having browsed a few websites on another computer, I was given the impression that SG2008 could be removed by running Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. I transferred Malwarebytes onto my infected laptop using a USB storage device, but not before backing up some files onto another USB storage device and some music files onto my MP3 player.
Running Malwarebytes (3 times) revealed that my laptop had been infected by a backdoor trojan/rootkit infection (Malwarebytes picked up numerous TDSS.??? files). Following the advice given on a number of websites (and on this forum), I changed my internet passwords, reformated my hard disk, and re-installed MS XP. The laptop now appears to be fine, but I was wondering whether my two storage devices and my MP3 player could have been compromised by the infection? Are they safe to use? (I have not used them since).
Thanks in advance for any help - it would be very much appreciated!