I've been struggling with all the permutations of the PC Antispyware 2010 bug and other fake antivirus program pop ups for a little over a month. Up until about a week ago Antimalwarebytes kept them at bay, but all of a sudden my computer was just overpowered and now all my anti virus/spyware programs do not run/are useless.
I followed many of the steps in this thread:
as my symptoms were almost identical, even down to the "tapi.nfo" upon boot, but nothing i tried worked. I am also having google redirect problems as all search answers send me to random sites when clicked.
Antimalwarebytes will not run, even with renamed .exe (or it will run and then crash shortly after start of scan
Superantispyware will not run, or will run but crash shortly after start of scan
Dr.webcureit brings results with express scan, but then crashes upon full scan
Kapersky will not run
Sopos scan returned nothing but "cannot move" or "may move but do not recommend clean" results
ATF scanner worked but nothing changed upon file deletion
AVG found nothing
Avast claimed to be finding and deleting harmful files, but nothing has changed.
I've tried manually deleting the PC antispyware 2010 files, but they just keep coming back upon start up.
The course of action suggested to me by friends is to just reformat my hard drive, but I'm afraid to do that because my CD Rom drives no longer function, so I will have no way to reinstall windows.
I am on a 7 year old Dell desktop running windows XP--currently in safe mode.
On my last attempt at running SAS, i paused the scan before it could crash to see the results, and had multiple files featuring "Braviax.exe"
Any help would be much much appreciated, as I am out of options and do not know what to do.
Thanks in advance!
Edited by number6, 14 August 2009 - 12:56 PM.