I've tried everything I know, but the System Security virus (not System Security 2009) has completely taken over my machine. I first noticed the problem when my web browser slowed to a complete crawl. Shortly after I ran an AVG Free Edition scan and it found a Trojan Agent which it supposedly quarantined and removed. The next day it all went to hell. As others with this infection have posted, my desktop was changed to the binary background with poorly written English in large red font stating my system was infected.
Here's what I've attempted thus far:
1. Kill the application/process from Task Manager.
The virus has locked me out from being able to start Task Manager. I can momentarily load it at the very beginning of Windows startup, but as soon as System Security loads the Task Manager is killed and I am locked out from starting it again.
2. Run Anti-Spyware Software.
I am completely unable to run ANY executable. Each and every executable I've attempted to run fails, and the balloon from System Security in the system tray states that xxx.exe could not run because it has been corrupted.
3. Boot into Safe Mode.
Because I am unable to execute any applications in normal boot with the virus I figured I would try to boot into safe mode. Now this is weird, because I cannot even get my machine to boot in Safe Mode. Pressing F8 (or any function key for that matter) in boot does not present me with the boot options screen. The only way I've been able to get to the boot options screen is by manually powering my machine down when it's in the middle of loading Windows at boot so that the next time it boots it defaults to the boot options screen due to a failed prior boot. PROBLEM IS that when I'm in the Safe Mode option boot menu MY KEYBOARD ARROW KEYS WILL NOT TOGGLE THE BOOT OPTIONS! I figured it might be an error in loading my USB, so I tried a PS2 keyboard - same results. I just sit there and watch the timer count down until it defaults to booting in normal mode. Since the F8 boot option wasn't working, I've attempted every method I know of to try to modify the boot.ini file: Run bootcfg; My Computer advanced properties; Run msconfig > Boot.ini. None of these methods will work because I am literally blocked from running ANY executable. For example, if I type "msconfig" from the "Run" option, I can see the program initially load - the window pops for a split second but then it disappears.
Please help! I am so close to wiping my machine and starting over, but I would just hate to do that. Please know that any suggestions to download, install & run an Anti-Spyware application will not work as I've stated above. At this point I feel that the only way to prevent this virus from hijacking my PC is by getting into Safe Mode so that I may then be able to run some scans and remove this thing. Any suggestions on how to achieve this??