Posted 17 March 2010 - 03:16 AM
Okay, so earlier today, I got what I can only assume to be Vista Guardian on my laptop - it showed up as Vista Defender Pro-Unregistered Version most of the time, but on one reboot it showed as Vista Guardian 2010, and the pop-up design was exactly the same as Vista Guardian, so I can only assume that it is a new name.
I'm fairly sure that after 12 hours of work, I've gotten it mostly off my computer - I first attempted MalwareBytes, then after reading some on here, RKill and MalwareBytes, then I found the Vista Guardian Removal walkthrough on here and followed it (FixExe.reg and MalwareBytes), and the main virus appears to be gone - no more fake antivirus popups, etc.
However, I'm getting notifications that some Windows startup processes are being impaired, and I keep getting error messages saying that "Host Process for Windows Services" has stopped responding (or something similar, I can't recall the exact wording at this time). Additionally, when I went to google the problem, I noticed that I have a google redirect going on - any search result I click on takes me to various websites trying to sell me services/products of sorts (including, ironically enough, one for windows. Not the OS. Actual windows.)
Is this an after affect of the Vista Guardian virus, or something different? Any advice on my next steps?