I've spent the night meticulously getting rid of the Malware Defense virus to the greatest extent I know how to. The pop-ups are no longer coming up, none of the related files seem present, and malwarebytes is no longer detecting it.
However, malwarebytes IS repeatedly picking up Trojan.FakeAlert files that I cannot seem to get rid of with the program, and to my understanding from reading this forum this means that I need to head on over the HJT.
Which is where my first problem lies. I am unable to start Security Center or McAfee. As far as fixing Security Center, I've been unable to find it in services to change its start-up to automatic (one suggested fix I saw) and I have not been able to find the strange applet that some users report they need to change in order to launch with tweakui Security Center. I haven't tried messing with McAfee at all, generally don't trust it for no good reason at all.
For last night's session I had avast installed but I uninstalled it after Malware Defense was gone. I find that, in general, we don't get viruses unless somebody clicks on something stupid or visits a porn site (my little brother's five-minute escapade to smut led to this Malware Defense problem). As far as I remember, avast never picked up this Trojan.FakeAlert.
In addition, if it means anything, while I read that Trojan.FakeAlert is supposed to spam you with fake anti-virus ads like Malware Defense did, it doesn't seem to be doing so at all and seems to be leaving me alone. But malwarebytes is detecting it, which I don't like. So I'm not sure of what's going on there.
So, before I head over to HJT to start that process and hopefully find a way to get rid of Trojan.FakeAlert, does anybody have advice as far as starting Security Center or McAfee? Is there a way to fix them? Or should I delete them and use another program? Or something else?
Thanks a bundle, let me know if you need me to post any additional information.
EDIT: Hokay, I'm dumb. Figured out that I could launch windows firewall without launching security center, so I'm going to go ahead and proceed to HJT. However, Security Center still won't start along with McAfee, and I'd appreciate any advice on that.
Edited by HooblaDan, 23 December 2009 - 09:48 AM.