I RAN MALWAREBYTES as suggested in another post. I had to use the "go around" to get it installed, but then had a successful install. It scanned overnight and found 92 viruses. I then installed a new "correct" version of Malwarebytes and AdAware. I think this has cured the issues. I am now trying to cleanup the startup files.
This has been impossible to remove.
Running Windows XP home edition.
- virus changes desktop background to say am infected with a virus
- icon pops up in quick tray to say am infected with a virus
- task manager is disabled
- clicking on various items opens internet explorer to try to get me to download some scam antivirus software (something like buy-internet-security-2010)
- cant restart in safe mode
tried running rkill. it seems to kill the quicktray icon and perhaps other parts of the virus. I can also open task manager after running rkill, but not restart in safe mode.
tried installing and running malwarebytes a few times (including turning off antivirus software briefly when installing). Sometimes install werent at all successful (gave error mbam.exe not found). Once, mbam.exe started up for a second, and then quit immediately (then the file mbam.exe was no longer found).
Edited by hweiss, 29 December 2009 - 09:45 AM.