Posted 16 April 2009 - 09:41 PM
OK - I got my computer back to myself thanks to malwarebytes - heres what I had to do.
WARNING - I AM NOT AN EXPERT. I ONLY UNDERTOOK THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS BECAUSE I HAVE A COMPLETE BACKUP AND WOULDN'T HAVE MINDING FORMATTING/REINSTALLING WINDOWS. THIS MAY BE RISKY BUT IT WORKED FOR ME.
I simply went to www.cnet.com and searched for Malwarebytes, since this internal site search won't get all f'ed up like google. Then, I downloaded the program, but renamed the setup file tool.exe (the virus blocked the installation otherwise). Then, once installed the program wouldn't run. To solve this, I went to C:/program files/malwarebytes/ and changed the executable name to tool.exe (any name other than mbam.exe should work). I performed a quick scan (after disabling symantec so as to not interfere with the malwarebytes scan) and it found a boatload of trouble on my computer, but had no problem taking care of it. voila!
note - I tried to boot into safe mode, but the virus seems to have blocked me from doing so. I haven't tried to boot into safe mode since, so I can't be %100 sure this is all fixed, but I can get back to windows update, google actually googles stuff, and I generally sleep better at night (or will once I go to bed).