I somehow got a virus/worm/thing related to my Windows Live account. Whenever I would log in, I would send a message with a link to all online contacts (the message being "HOT! HOT! www.isexsexsex.com" or something close to that). I would also spam any contacts of mine that came online while I was. I personally couldn't see the message going out, and I was not logged out of my account. I spent half a day trying to get rid of this dang thing before finally giving up. I first changed my password and security question, but that didn't work. Then I went and downloaded and updated every antivirus/antispyware program I could think of (Malwarebytes, Spybot S&D, Crap Cleaner, Glary Utilities, AVG). After everything was fully updated, I disconnected my computer from the internet and ran scans from all of the above mentioned programs. While the scans were going on, I went on to a completely different computer and changed my passwords to all my important web accounts, then changed my Windows Live account password and security question to a completely different password from the rest. After all the scans on the infected computer were completed and everything they found cleaned up, I uninstalled Windows Live completely, then installed it again fresh. I then reconnected to the internet, and tried signing into Windows Live. Same thing happened, I was still spamming people. I then proceeded to go and manually check all my running processes, and they were all legit and clean. At that point I just got fed up and uninstalled Windows Live again, and I haven't installed it since then. I'm told that the only thing left now to get rid of it is a reformat, but I really
don't want to have to do that. Is there anything else I can do that I missed? Also, am I freaking out over nothing? I'm afraid that whatever this is that has infected my account can also collect passwords and other personal information from my computer.
Forgot to mention, I'm running Windows XP Professional, and was using the latest version of Windows Live Messenger.
Edited by Legile Blade, 13 June 2009 - 01:24 AM.