So a few weeks ago, I managed to pick up some nasty trojans/malware, and I have been unable to get rid of them. What makes this completely frustrating is that I am unable to run any kind of antiviral software (expect for McAfee on-access scan which for some reason does start-up and work) or even run HJT - not even in safemode or by changing file names. When I try, I get "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item." I should also mention it was denying me access to my Task Manager but I managed to get around that. Antiviral software (MalwareBytes, Spybot S&D, etc.) that I do manage to install and run will normally be terminated within a few minutes, and then not restart again (I get the message mentioned previously). I have also noticed when starting up in safemode, there is an "Administrator" account that I don't recall being there before (it could've been though, since I couldn't tell you that last time I entered safemode before this month), and is not visible when I boot up my computer normally.
I had/have the AntiVirus Pro 2010 thing going on.. now it's a Advanced Virus Remover (PAVRM.exe), but it gets terminated shortly after start-up. My links in search engines are being hijacked, and I was (until very recently) getting lots of pop-ups. But those have stopped within the last few days. I'm a college student, so I'm very reluctant to drag my pc over to my school's IT department because I wouldn't get it back for at least a week and that's not really an option for me. If anyone has any advice or something else I could try, I would really appreciate it..
I am running Windows XP Professional.
Edited by charlatan, 26 October 2009 - 09:59 PM.