I ran spybot and adaware in safe mode - no luck.
I ran AVG free - no luck
I downloaded and ran Malwarebytes - whalla! - 10 problems removed - and I think it got ave.exe since it's fake security icon dissapeared from my taskbar and the fake security warning popups have stopped...but something is still hidden in my CPU and causing major issues.
I am now getting forcefully redirected to spam sites non-stop - in Firefox the problem is so bad that I cannot even use the browser as literally every single link I click or (url) I enter will direct me to some ad soaked spam site
Plus - I am being blocked from going to windows update - uh oh
So this morning I downloaded Rkill - and intended to run it (an then run Malwarebytes again). My understanding was that anything (done) by Rkill could be (undone) with a restart
After I ran Rkill the only process the log file said it terminated (other than Rkill itself) was C:\program files\internet explorer\iexplore.exe
However, immediatly after Rkill finished, the thumbnails for the majority of the icons on my desktop changed to this little square default image that kind of looks like a mini screenshot - and suddenly none of the programs/files associated with those icons will work at all - Malwarebytes is included among the programs with this (thumbnail change issue), along with Firefox - clicking on any of these altered
icons now generates the following message:
"this file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action - create an assocation in the folder options control panel"
Making matters worse, restarting my computer, or even turning it off altogether (and then back on) has not changed this.
So now not only do I still have a rouge virus lurking, but some sort of Rkill related issue had made the majority of my cpu totally unusable (thank god explorer is still working) and I am able to post this plea for help.
I run Windows XP - Many thanks for any advice
Edited by dochallenbeck, 12 April 2010 - 01:52 PM.