I have been wrestling for two days now with extremely irritating malware that is blocking my attempts to download any defense. It has blocked Spybot, Adaware, etc from downloading by covering critical message boxes with bogus error messages. It has also disabled Task Manager. I have made some crude attempts to go in and find the file culprits and delete them but no luck and I don't really know what I'm doing anyway. I know this problem is way beyond my expertise and I have a feeling it won't be easy to get rid of.
-In addition to the above, a text bubble with the grammatically correct "Warning! Security report Your computer is infected! It is recommended to start spyware cleaner tool."
-I've also been gravely advised to have my computer scanned by "special program" to prevent my personal information from falling into "the third hands".
-Random porn thumbnails have popped on my desktop.
-"My Documents" pops up repeatedly. I closed my laptop, came back a few hours later to find that window neatly tiled over 90 times.
I've seen descriptions of similar malware in several other places, but I have not seen anyone else have the problem with the dratted thing blocking downloads.
Short of wishing a slow painful death on the parties responsible for creating this lovely monster, buying a new computer and keeping my security software up to date from now on, what can I do to get rid of this #@$%?
BTW my OS is Windows XP.
Edited by indigo2aqua, 07 January 2009 - 01:40 AM.