My computer seems to have recently come down with a nasty virus. At first, it seemed to be the same one that my room mate had in which there was some virus affecting .exe files. As in, whenever I tried opening anything really, it told me I could not. My roommate downloaded and ran Malwarebytes' Antimalware and that seemed to do the trick. SO I did the same thing
I ran Malwarebytes Antimalware and removed the files it found to be infected. After restarting my computer, it took a REALLY long time to load. And when it did, it appeared as though my version of windows had digressed or something. I normally have Windows XP in which the toolbar has the green start button and the rest of the toolbar is blue. Now however, the entire toolbar has the beige color that is reminiscent of older versions of Windows. Additionally, while I used to have to wireless internet, I could no longer connect. My wireless said it was not configured properly.
I performed a System Restore and upon restarting, my computer appeared to back in the Windows XP version and I could connect to internet. In this mode, I ran my Norton Security Scan and found infected files, which I promptly removed.
Then when I restarted my computer, it reverted back to that "older Windows version mode." This has happened several times, I've done a system restore and when I restart my computer it's as if the restore does not work. This leads me to believe there is a virus severely affecting these capabilities.
Do you know anything about a virus that could have caused this? And how I can get rid of it? Additionally, if push comes to shove, if I choose to completely reinstall my computer to its factory settings, as if it were new, would this get rid of any viruses and troubles?
EDIT: Moved from XP to Am I Infected forum ~ Hamluis.
Edited by hamluis, 09 June 2010 - 07:16 PM.