I'm running XP professional and I have tried the following:
1. I tried to identify the bad processes and kill them with the task manager. That stops the irritating pop-ups, but on reboot, they start again. And who knows what else they're doing? Just offing them manually at every start-up is hardly a solution.
2. Then I tried to identify the bad file. I found a directory called "AntiMalware" and a file within it called amext.dll.
3. Then I tried to delete it. Whether I do so normally or via the command prompt, I get the same message: Access denied. It won't allow me to delete it.
4. Then I tried to enter safe mode. That is denied, too. I get a blue screen with an error message no matter which safe mode I try to enter.
5. Then I tried to target the file with "Pocket KillBox". I enter the path and name of the critical file: c:\programmer\antimalware\amext.dll and click "Remove on reboot". I get the reboot message, reboot, and when the machine starts up, the bad processes are still running.
6. Then I tried to target all the files in the bad directory with "Pocket KillBox" and finally it seems that I did manage to kill the bad amext.dll AND the bad antimalware.exe that didn't allow me to delete them - they no longer show up on my control panel or in the command prompt dir. BUT when I boot up, the bad processes are STILL running. The files must have copied themselves into another directory, or there is a hidden copy somewhere.
I'm running out of tries. Is there any way to get rid of this SOB, or should I just throw the computer in the trash?
Is there any way to locate where these files are hiding?
Edited by Aolsen, 11 December 2009 - 03:31 AM.