My joining happen by ironic coincedence.
This is a long story but I am sure other identify with the anger and frustration I may express here.
First of all, I have been out of country for over 22 years and recently retired. During this time my internet "life" existed behind a companny firewall and therefore exposure to viruses where minimal.
Being a fan of FPS games, I recently purchased HALF LIFE-2 ($55) which as many of you may know, requires onlineregistration of the ( insert explitive here) of the "Steam" engine otherwise the game is unplayable! Has my gaming box has not a NIC I had to go and purchase a cheap modem ($25) at COMPUSA just so that I could accomplish this task. Well no sooner than I had connected, did I receive these "Messenger Service" "notification" describing ALL sorts of problems my system would encounter unless I visited BLAH..BLAH.com or .net. Although I consistently refused these they kept coming. Needles to say, thereafter I have purchased McAfee ($40), Panda'S Titanium antiviurs product three year license@$109, Ghostsurfer. I had McAfee installed, but after reviewing the MERITS ofthe "truePrevent" engine of Pandas' software, I uninstalled McAFFE, concurrently with the installation of Panda's product. This must have been the BIGGEST mistake I made. Not was I left unprotected, BUT the (Enter Explitive here) virus or trojan or whatever I was inflicted with, prevented me from installing said software. HENCE this how I found your site. Lots of insightful information,but as of yet, still enough to DEFEAT this intrusion. During my numerous attempts to diagnose, scan, delete etc, I have managed to re-install Mcaffe and Panda along with MS Antispyware Beta. PROBLEM!!! This insideous (moreexplitive here) will NOT allow the antivirus nor the firewall 'module' to load!!!! Anti-spam and others are OK. I have gone as far a purchasing a retail copy of XP pro 2 ($320) , installed it ONLY to discover that it had resolved NOTHING!!!
CURSES to VALVE !!!!!!!!!!
Countless hours attempting to USe "autoruns", as suggested, does not reveal any obviuos start up programs so that they could be deleted in REGEDIT!
BTW- this started on June 2 and this virus cause RPC errors message to appear and shuts the machine down any time it senses installation or insertion of possible antivirus apps. EVEN IN SAFE MODE!!! I will attempt to run HIJACKTHIS, as suggested on many other posts and post results later meanwhile.. I guess I have rambled on long enough any further help would be appreciated short of REFORMATTING, unless absolutely necessary.
Mod Edit - Moved to appropriate forum - Leurgy
Edited by Leurgy, 06 June 2005 - 04:15 PM.