Posted 17 July 2010 - 10:25 PM
I'm in a house of three computers here (soon to be 4 next week, I'm buying a macbook pro yay), and the oldest one which has always given me the most trouble has picked up another major virus I'm having huge issues figuring out what it is / how to kill it. It's a windows XP that my very un-tech savvy dad uses that typically picks up viruses every month or so, even though it's protected by the same antivirus (Avast) and firewall (Comodo) that keeps the other computers safe. I think he clicks bad links or something.. but who knows.
So this virus has random popups.. I got a couple on facebook for consumer reviews and one on google search for monster marketplace within 20 mins of each other. I ran Malwarebytes and nothing came up. I then booted into safemode and ran the ATF cleaner and then a sweep from Super Anti Spyware. It came up with 18 hits, all of which were flash detections from Macromedia found in the Local service folders with some weird usernames attached (e.g. J8RRYJXX was one). I quarantined, deleted, and rebooted. Still getting popups.
That's not the weird part though. The weird part is that when I am on the internet, IE explorer (I think version 7, but I'm not sure) my desktop appearances randomly get changed. I have it set to XP appearance with the blue bottom bar, but it will randomly switch over to classic and there will be this black bar across the top blocking out the file tab bar. I have no idea why this is happening and can't seem to find any information on the net.
And finally I went to install Google Chrome, which I use religiously on my computer (one of the three in my home network) and I think it's a lot safer than IE (since it's my dad's computer I figured he could benefit from some of the safety feature add-ons). I install the thing and it crashes everytime you try to open it. I think it's a flash problem. So I don't know if I have some kind of flash virus since that's all the crap that showed up earlier.
No ideas what to do. Any help would be much appreciated!