I'm making this in hopes that it can be the one REAL
link on google with some sort of legitimacy as to how to remove this. I'm using Windows XP Media Center edition, it's the default OS my Dell laptop came with, and here is my problem:
I see this every 5-15 seconds.
A series of popups occur, and it prompts me to download an executable and run it. Every time i do not download, or run the .exe. I don't believe the actual Antivirus2009 is installed on my PC, because i have not been able to find any files or registry entries that would say i do, but there's something i have that is giving me this popup continuously.
How did i get myself into this situation? I went to download a web comic on a website similar to Rapidshare. Easyshare or something like that. I've downloaded from that site before on Mozilla with no problems whatsoever. Only this time, the captcha image wasn't loading on Mozilla for some reason, so i opened it in Internet Explorer. The captcha image showed up, but before i could enter it havoc occured. Within 2 minutes of entering the link on the huge joke of a "browser" they call Internet Explorer, the bullcrap had begun. Clicking that IE icon was a terrible mistake.
Things i have tried reasonably:
Scanning with Ad-Aware - zero threats after definition update, go figure. I LOVE Ad-Aware!
Scanning with Spybot S&D - The only notable threat is "Virtumonde" which very well may be the problem, but it doesn't come off. Tried removing it in safe mode, googling how to remove it it etc etc with no avail. It still shows up every time i scan.
I've also tried doing the manual remove here at the link found below... yeahhhhh nothing. There's no folders, no files, i haven't actually installed it i don't think, just repetitively get this popup. Over and over.... and over.http://spyware-removal-guide.net/117/antiv...l-instructions/
Things i have tried out of desperation:
Using all the absolutely ridiculous "spyware removers" i saw posted on a bunch of forums, and yahoo answers, figuring i had nothing to lose, just to find they did nothing at all or did a fake scan and say "Hey sup you have 7,192,938,102 problems on your computer. BUY NOW FOR $99.99 AND REMOVE IT, SWEET DEAL MAN!"
Luckily i haven't acquired any additional spyware with trying these stupid things out, and i uninstalled the software without problem.
And my antivirus is a sitting duck, i have it auto-scan my computer daily with no results. I think our good friend Norton just hates me. ><
I'm just looking for a way to stop this. If anyone can provide me a link that says long and complex instructions that's great. I've dealt with viruses before and am computer savvy but this one is just puzzling me. I'm just incredibly frustrated with all the nonsense i've read online about this and just want something to fix it that i don't have to pay money for. I COULD reformat, but i'm hesitant to do so because i don't have an external hard-drive to back all of my files up on.
Thanks in advance for anyone who can help...!