As many, I am here because I have issues with my PC that go beyond normal anti-virus apps ability to solve.
MY PC is a Dell XPS 400/9150 and is about 4 years old. I use it all the time to mainly participate in a few forums dedicated to Currency and coin collecting. My wife and kids use it for shopping and young kids games. Up until recently the only thing running on the PC to protect it was the free app Comcast provides. With all of the things we do on the PC over time things have become a little slow and some apps unstable. Outlook takes for ever to open and my software for Audigy 2 ZS does not run most parts and I am down to 2 speakers even though I have 5.1 selected.
All of that I could live with as long as the PC worked. Well last Monday things started to come unraveled. I loaded Spy-bots and it found a ton of add ware that it removed. Our IT manager recommended Ad-Awear SE so I loaded and ran that too although it didn't seem to find anything. I have seen Malewarebytes all over the net when searching so I loaded and ran that too. It seemed to find a number of things and remove them too. Next I loaded Norton 2010 fresh from a store bought package and that has not helped much.
I have not been able to run a full scan without the PC hanging-up... It does tell me that I have Backdoor.tidserv.I!inf but it will not remove it.
Unfortunately I did not get a recovery disk with this dell and I am not sure how I can recover - so here I am... I work in technology and use to work for a company that provided computer support back in the days of Dos, Win95 and early 98. I have long since forgotten most of it as I do little when it come to OS level stuff.
I am into collecting currency/coins and really enjoy Photography, No Limit Hold-em, Darts, good books, good wine.
I really need help so that I can get back to my hobbies and wife and kids more importantly! While I am sure I don't need it I feel like I would be better off buying a new PC. Really cannot afford it at the moment so I hope I can get the help I need here instead.
Thank you and look forward to learning more about protecting my PC!!!
Best Regards ~ Darryl