Posted 14 September 2009 - 12:44 PM
I have a Toshiba Satellite laptop that's a few years old. It's running Windows XP. From the time I've had this thing, I've had little to no virus problems, until recently.
In June I got the AV360 virus and couldn't fix it myself. I had to take it in and a guy repaired it for me and everything was running fine again.
Then in the last few weeks, I've been getting viruses like crazy. I had the Windows Anti-Virus Pro and Windows Police Pro, but I've been able to remove them. I use fixtm.exe, then I end the svchast.exe and windows antivirus pro processes, then I run MalwareBytes, and the problem is gone.
It came back today as Police Pro, and I can't get rid of it. It won't let me run Malwarebytes. In fact, I think it may have somehow deleted my program entirely. I tried to redownload it and it started the scan and then disappeared again. I tried Spybot Search and Destroy but it keeps shutting that down too. I ran my AVG Anti-Virus and it didn't pick anything up (because it's a pile of crap).
Another problem I have been having is that when I do a yahoo or google search, I'll click on a result and it takes me to a fake search engine site. When I try to open certain programs, an error message pops up with the location of the file.
1. How do I get rid of this if I can't get Malwarebytes to work?
2. What is a better free anti-virus than AVG, because AVG doesn't pick up crap.
3. What can I do to better protect myself against these viruses? I don't go on "questionable" websites.
Thank you for the help.