It all started when I caught a rogue anti-spyware virus, "Antimalware Doctor" that seized control of my PC. I also caught a second similar virus, "XP Defender Pro" aka ave.exe.
It took me about a day but I managed to get rid of both, using Malwarebytes and AVG. I thought it was over. Then I noticed that my google searches were affected - clicking on links would sometimes redirect me to other pages. I soon figured out that other people were having the same problem, and that this was due to a rootkit affecting atapi.sys. (I am in the process of trying to replace atapi.sys with another copy, but I'm pretty new at this and I don't know if I'm doing it right.)
Windowsupdate on microsoft.com is blocked too, another common symptom?
So far, I have failed to fix this last virus. Then tonight was the last straw - after my google search was redirected, I think it reactivated or downloaded ave.exe all over again. My PC has been completely hijacked again!!!
Update: I ran MBAM again and managed to remove ave.exe, but I think the rootkit is still there - I'm wary of clicking on Google search links again. I might try scanning with Gmer?
Thanks in advance.
EDIT: Moved from Introductions to Am I Infected, more appropriate forum ~ Hamluis.
Edited by Cybergoth, 26 April 2010 - 05:05 PM.