I made the mistake of clicking on a picture hosted by Picfoco, only to realize my computer was having some sort of virus sent to it from there just by me visiting the site. I ended that process as soon as I realized it, then seval pop-ups appeared saying my "computer is infected" and telling me to download their anti-spyware programs, so I then ran Malwarebytes just to take care of it. It found two viruses, both with "xa" at the end of the file names. It then wanted me to restart my computer, so I did...
Once it restarted however, my task bar and icons were non-existent. My background was still there, and I could bring up task manager. So I figured explorer.exe was not running, and sure enough it wasn't in the running processes list, so I tried to manually start that up via "start new task," only to receive the message, "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item."
So I next tried to run Malwarebytes again (via the start new task method) and that gave me the message, "The database you are using is not supported by this version of Malwarebytes' Anty-Malware. Download the latest version of the program." Also, I would like to note that I have two different Malwarebytes saved on my computer (both have been kept up to date), one is saved under a different name "richv.exe" to prevent viruses from blocking it, but that did not save me in this case.
Then I tried to run HiJackThis, and that resulted in the same message that running explorer (or trying to anyway) gave me, "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item."
Interestingly, I can run firefox and internet explorer, and no websites have been blocked (which I've noticed most viruses these days seem to do-block websites, especially tech help forums- but this one has not for some reason).
I have since tried researching this issue on the internet, and I've found many similar issues but there's always variation between them and my own issue here. I have attempted downloading and installing combofix, prevxc, spybot, and avira, all just to find they will being their installation process, but they either disappear or never even show up on screen.
Also note that I have tried all of the above in safe mode and found no differences.
I DID manage to get Avast to work, but the only thing that found was "net.net" as a virus, and it dealt with that, didn't change a thing though.
Finally, I tried running TrendMicro's online scanner, and that found 27 viruses all related to the vundo virus, it said it fixed all but one of them. That one stalled it, and the scanner went idle and couldn't get anywhere. I tried restarting the computer, and nothing had changed with my computer's situation.
I also tried running Microsoft's online scanner through iexplorer, and that got closed somehow in the middle of the scan.
A couple of other points of interest: if I do run iexplore.exe, 2 instances of it appear; and the My Computer and HiJackThis icons (when I browse my files via task manager) have notably changed to white unspecified file type boxes.
Help? Please? aha...I know there's the whole "format and reinstall OS" option, but I would definitely prefer to avoid that route. If that is the only way, then I need help backing up my pictures and my old homework files!
Edited by The weatherman, 17 September 2009 - 04:18 PM.
Moved from XP to a more appropriate forum. Tw