Yesterday, my dad seems to have picked up a virus of some sort that has quickly rendered our Norton Antivirus useless, blocks access to websites such as www.norton.com, the support page for Microsoft and multiple other useful links. Also, when clicking on a search result in Google, he gets redirected to other, lesser known search engines of some sort. The last symptom that was have noticed is the computer running very slowly. It takes ten or more seconds to right click.
The computer is currently running on Windows XP Professional. Also, something to note is that the same morning, we encountered a virus called prunnet.exe. We promptly removed it and everything associated with it by following the steps on the third post titled "removal of prunnet.exe" at http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6122_102-0.htm...ssageID=2916950
. I believe that doing those actions has removed that particular malicious file, but we think that this more recent virus is another all together as it seems to have some different symptoms than prunnet.exe. We currently have the computer off and unplugged from the internet.
Does anybody here have any idea what this could be? Do you think it is associated with prunnet.exe? Thank you for your help.
Also, the not being able to access certain pages and Google links being redirected happens on both IE and Firefox.