It erased all my system restore points also.
After I closed all those, a little window popped up telling me my PC was infected and needed to have a scan from some bogus anti-virus program they were advertising (once again, my ignorance caught me and I didn't get the name of the program). Afraid if I clicked no, it would infect me father than it already has, I shutdown the process it was running under. So, my first instinct was to scan in safe mode with the anti-virus programs I have.
I did full scans with the following: Avira Anti-vir, Spybot: Search and Destroy, Spyware doctor, Ad-Aware, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
I unplugged my internet, turned off system restore (incase some files hid in those), restarted into safe mode, scanned with one, deleted whatever it found, restarted, and did the same thing again until I scanned with all of them.
I had assumed that whatever they found, was probably all of my problem, since there appeared to be a lot. I scanned once again with all of them to assure it doesn't re-occur when I restart. They all found nothing afterwards. So I plugged my internet back in, started into normal mode, and It seemed to be fine again, until about 5 minutes later when the 5 internet explorer windows popped up again. I've been in this situation ever since.
Every 30 or so minutes, the 5 windows will pop up, on occasion a window will pop up that tells me to "install antivirus 2009", so I looked up removal instructions for "antivirus 2009". All of the instructions were to use a program i've already used to scan, or to manually remove the program. So I decided to take the manual route. I read all the instructions in detail, only to find the registry keys and files that it says to delete aren't actually there.
On occasion I will also get a blank window pop-up labeled "Microsoft Internet Explorer", the icon for the window will be whatever browser i'm using at the time. If i'm using safari, I'll get a safari icon, if i'm using firefox, i'll get a firefox icon.
I've scanned with these programs multiple times. Every time I scan, they find more and more infected files or issues, even after I just cleaned my system with the programs.
It feels like i've tried everything and I can't stand having my computer infected because it's affecting my performance. I've looked up many different solutions for manual removal of this antivirus2009 and they never really work.
I'll post my hijackthis log here for someone to help out and maybe shed some light on exactly what's going on with my PC.
I hope this story has been detailed enough for one of you guys to be able to diagnose me with something, and help with a solution, because at this point i'm pretty desperate.
Edited by waxbeetle3, 02 January 2009 - 06:48 PM.