Sunday evening I turned on my computer and found there was a Windows "Alert" on the right lower corner (click on the balloon) and it was listed as "Spyware Protect 2009 Alert" (looked original for a second), and when I clicked the ballon it started scanning my system. I noticed it wasn't from AVG, and after a few seconds I cancelled it a quick as I could. However, the pop-up screen could not be removed from the middle of my screen, and after several attemps, I just decided to reboot the PC. It rebooted, but this time it had the error box stating:
"Windows has encountered a problem with this program (WMI) and has closed it" (or something close to that). I noticed my PC was running very slow, but I could pull up an internet speed checking site (through my DSL provider), and the speed was actually showing good. The Spyware Protect 2009 Alert "windows" were still loaded in the middle of my screen.
I decided to run a virus scan, and it did find 4 trojans, and moved them to the vault (i guess). I then rebooted into safe mode, and ran another scan which didn't really seem to be working correctly. So, I rebooted back to normal Windows XP, and the Spyware protect alert was still there, along with the "WMI" problem.
I have since re-scanned the PC several times, and the last 2 were clean of any viruses (none listed anyway), but still get the "Windows has encountered a problem with the program WMI and has closed it" box. The normal click here to send Microsft the info, and it takes about 3-4 times of clicking these send info boxes to finally clear the box, every time I start up my PC. The Spyware alert 2009 seems to be gone now, but the computer is still running very slow, and I can't pull up BC site, or Windows update, or alot of other pages. Some small pages will pull up. I can do a google search, but can't go to any of the links from the search page.
My email seems to be working if anyone can advise me on what is going on with my computer. I can do a HighJack this scan, but i'm not sure how to post the information on this computer from mine.
Also my MalwareBytes program stopped working after this attack happened as well. It won't even start up from the icon on the desktop, or from the start/programs/run
Any help for this puter idiot would be greatly appreciated
Edited by KoanYorel, 03 March 2009 - 11:21 AM.
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