My system has recently been infected by 2 malevolent IEXPLORE.exe processes. I have tried many things ton get rid of them but to no avail. Posting in this forum is my final hope..
A brief history of what I have tried to get rid of the and what I have learned so far:
-Two Iexplore.exe (system) processes at startup that use memory, cause pop-ups and infect the drivers of my sound card, ceasing its function. The pop-ups cannot be stopped with zone-alarm or windows firewall. Processes immediately restart when terminated in task manager. In process-explorer they are listed and said to belong to the E:\program files\internet explorer path as normal but are listed as a system process.
-The processes persist in windows safe mode with internet connection enabled but not in windows debug mode and normal safe mode.
-Ran superantispyware, spybot S&D and malwarebytes in safe mode (without internet), with system recovery disabled and all temporary files and documents on my hard disks removed: None of the detections solved my problem.
-i did a complete system scan with avira and avast both in normal mode and safe mode: no detections.
-In desperation i deleted the entire internet explorer folder at one time yesterday (when I was getting really fed up ) but this caused failure to boot and I had to go back to safe mode and do a system restore. Remarkably this did seem to prevent the malevolent processes to start in safe mode with network options.
-I deleted suspicious startup entries with hijackthis but this did not solve the problem. Nor does manually disabling any programs that are set to autostart with windows.
Im at loss now how to proceed, any help from experts on this board is GREATLY appreciated.
As requested i added the dds file. The rootkit list I will try to add later, because the program provided on these boards crashed my computer somewhere during the scan, when I used it a moment ago. Also added hijackthis file just in case.
My system is an oldie btw but I use it because it has some useful programs for my current work/ internship still installed and I would like to prevent reinstalling windows, if possible:
AMD athlon XP 2500+
windows xp home edition, service pack 3.
Again, many thanks in advance for any provided help
Edited by Crius, 15 July 2010 - 04:13 PM.