About a week ago, just as I was about to go on vacation, my computer suddenly started acting up (I first noticed it on July 3rd). About half the time, Google would take me to a website completely different from the one I clicked on, I could not get to certain websites at all, I could not attempt to update from IE7 to IE8 as the Windows Update page kept coming up not found no matter how I tried to get to it, and I could not do a System Restore. I ran my anti-virus (provided by my ISP, Telus). It runs once a week automatically and finds nothing. This time, it found multiple viruses and told me I needed to restart.
When I restarted, the anti-virus and anti-spyware modules could no longer run. I ended up re-installing the whole Telus Security package and running the anti-virus module again. This time it said it had found a virus, Trojan.Win32.FraudPack.pgt, in the file C:\WINDOWS\Temp\tempo-274469046.tmp and deleted it. Apparently all it did was delete that one file which started all the trouble because my computer was still exhibiting all the same symptoms. Google clicks were still redirected, etc.
I called Telus and they had me reset everything in Explorer (clear history and cookies, go to Advanced, click on Restore Advanced Settings and Reset...
This has (as far as I can tell) helped with the redirected searches and other web issues, but I still cannot do a System Restore which makes me believe that the underlying problem is still there.
I cannot find anything on Google that seems to relate to exactly this virus. Is anyone familiar with it? If anyone can help me, I'd greatly appreciate it. Please let me know what you information you would need to help and I will gladly post it. At this point, I'd be just as happy to kill it via a System Restore (if there was a way to get it to work) although any method of killing it would be welcome. I just want it dead.
Thank you for taking the time to read through all that and for any help you can offer.
My O/S is Windows XP Home 2002, SP 3 and my browser is IE7.