Nor am I.
Yesterday a particularly vicious bug hit my fiancée's laptop. Manifested itself as "Advanced Virus Remover," and made all the usual claims about bugs coming in to kill the machine.
After a several hours of frustration, I found spybot, and it seemed to remove the most obvious manifestations of the bug. I could only install if I ran directly from the download, however. I couldn't install the setup files to desktop, then install, then run. The bug would stop any fix programs from loading, and still does. The two mal programs ('advanced virus remover', and 'advanced antivirus') don't seem to be actively attacking the computer anymore. Also, I can now access Task Manager (it had been disabled), random radio doesn't start playing from the computer anymore (it was doing that upon startup), and porn links don't get automatically shortcut onto the desktop anymore.
A few problems persist however.
The major one, already mentioned:
I can't run combofix, autoruns, ad-aware, hijackthis, or spybot. It seems like there's still part of the bug leftover, and it's attacking whatever 'help' programs I try to run. Ditto in Safe mode. If I start them, they will appear in the processes tab of Task Manager, but they'll never fully launch. They won't appear in Applications, and don't take up more than 4,000k in 'Processes,' although they remain listed there.
Also, Advanced Virus Remover keeps reappearing in the program files menu, under the first list of programs before the general list.
I feel lucky that the bug seems to have been hobbled, but I'm pretty confident it's still around and preventing me from running programs that could remove it completely. Using Process Explorer, it looks to me like an unusual amount of "Service Host" files running, but I'm not a computer guy, and don't really know what to do.
Any assistance would be appreciated.
*Edit* My optimism about the removal of the mystery radio was misguided. It's back. Starts just after I get onto my desktop. Weird.
Edited by chris333, 06 September 2009 - 02:30 PM.