When I turned it back on things seemed normal, but I quickly started to notice signs of trouble. Pages started getting redirected, pop-ups advertising anti-virus software, pop-ups from the taskbar telling me my virus was infected, and so on. What really frightened me was, within one day of having turned on my computer and not having visited any websites that I would consider potentially dangerous (wikipedia, my gmail account, and some websites on teaching english as a second language), firefox slowed down to a crawl (everything else was fine) and all of a sudden the computer BSOD'd, shut off, and refused to restart. I ended up loading an old System Restore point and being able to reboot, but of course my laptop was in bad shape. After running scans on all the anti-virus/anti-spyware software I had installed, I had a fun time trying to keep my computer on long enough to update any of the programs. Anyway, I think I've gotten it at least somewhat "stable", as in my computer doesn't appear to be on the verge of crashing anymore.
Right now I have up-to-date versions of (and done scans, one at a time, from all of them within the last 24 hours):
I also have HiJackThis and ComboFix installed (but haven't run them).
My current symptoms are:
-Firefox sometimes will slow down, but usually after running some scans and restarting it is fixed.
-Clicking on the links to many of my searches in Google will send me to a different site, sometimes it just sends me back to google.com with a URL like this:
[url=http://www.google.com/webhp?sa=t&ct=res&cd=2&ved=undefined&url=http://www.mexonline.com/revolution.htm&ei=2TBmSrSPJ4isswO-sdHoDg&usg=AFQjCNHOJo-nFkfn3gpPFC7cPLRZvkMsrw]http://www.google.com/webhp?sa=t&ct=re...PFC7cPLRZvkMsrw[/url]The original link:
Sometimes if I hit back and click on the link again it will load the correct page, sometimes not. Same thing with clicking on Google's cache of the page, sometimes it redirects sometimes not. It doesn't seem to be an issue in Internet Explorer though, but I'm not 100% positive of this.
Oh! And I had downloaded Pareto AV not realizing that it would only scan and not fix the computer, but it popped up with several things that none of the free programs saw (not cookies, they appeared to be legitimate viruses). I don't really know what to do from here, this computer has been continually infected for 7 months, maybe more and I'm ready for it to finally be clean!
Any help anyone can offer would be amazing, thank you all!
Also: please forgive me if I have misused any terms (virus, trojan, etc.)
EDIT: One last thing, I have CCleaner installed if it would help to clear my temporary files, cookies, and stuff before moving on.
Edited by Orange Blossom, 28 July 2009 - 09:43 PM.
Deactivate links. ~ OB