A friend's laptop has a bad problem.
Originally, when he noticed, it was running very slow, and parts of McAfee were disabled, and unable to be restarted. So he ran Malware Bytes, just a quick scan, and it found 36 Trojans and the like that he told it to remove.
Rebooted, and things seemed okay, but IE won't start, and McAfee still has much disabled. So removed McAfee, and installed AVG Free. Ran Malware Bytes again, and it found 30 or so Trojans and the like, that he told it to remove.
He tried re-installing IE, but it stuck on the 'scanning system for malicious software' section.
So he stopped, and ran Malware Bytes again, a deep scan, overnight. But what keeps happening is that if you walk away from the laptop for more than a few minutes, the 'screen saver', I guess it is, kicks in, and all the icons on the desktop go away, and you can't get them back by moving the mouse or touching a key.
Any ideas? Is it time for ComboFix? I was talked through removing a root kit last year using ComboFix, and it worked great!
Edited by Orange Blossom, 03 February 2010 - 04:49 PM.
Move to AII. ~ OB