So, my computer got infected by Malware Defense, and I used this link
to help clean it off. A subsequent scan after following these directions found that I was still infected with Vundo, so I followed the directions in this guide
(first VundoFix and then VirtumundoBeGone after vundoFix didn't work).
However, something is still obviously amiss. ANY web browser I open immediately crashes
(IE, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari) - even in safe mode. IE is special in that I get an error message every few minutes. At first I thought it was because Windows has IE so interwoven with the operating system, but then it managed to get the window open before crashing, with NetLinks.com in the browser window. Finally, my computer randomly issues noisy advertisements from the speakers
, which I suspect is related to the IE windows trying to open. All this is evidently weighing on my computer's memory, as it often completely freezes up
- not even CTRL-ALT-DEL will do anything and the only way to reset is with the power button.
Unfortunately, I have run full scans with MBAM, Symantec, and HouseCall by TrendMicro, all with the most recent updates, but no antivirus software detects any problems
I run Windows XP
and am running Windows update to get as many updates as possible, but other than that, I'm confused as to what to do next.