My computer was hit by a piece of malware presenting itself as Microsoft Antivirus Software. It tells me that my computer is infected and immediately starts a search that identifies a bunch of problems. Then, it directs me to a screen that allows me to buy the software to get rid of the problems. Everytime I tried to open a program, I would receive a message informing me that this program was infected, and it stopped the program from opening. Everytime I tried to go on the Internet, this malware re-directed me to their ordering webpage. I could not start anything on my computer!
I called a friend who suggested downloading the ComboFix program, so I accessed another computer and downloaded the program onto a USB drive. Then, I ran it on my computer from the USB drive using the "Run" utility. It actually took several tries to run the program, because the malware would intervene and shut the program down before it got a chance to start. I did run ComboFix to conclusion. Then I noticed that my computer started locking up after 2-3 hours of use. It didn't seem to be program specific. My computer froze up on a variety of programs ranging from Outlook to Word to Internet Explorer.
Since that time, I have downloaded Ad-Aware and EMSISoft programs to try and scan my computer for problems. Both programs found a lot of problems, but my computer still locks up after a few hours of operation. It seems that whatever was loaded on my system is still there somewhere. It may be indentified in your existing list of viruses, but I did not recognize any of those names.
Any help would be appreciated.
Edited by Orange Blossom, 07 March 2010 - 04:18 PM.
Move to AII. ~ OB