Thanks for responding boopme,
Method 1 pertains to ATI third party software that his computer does not have.
Method 2 pertains to incompatible drivers recently installed. Internet worked earlier today before he got the virus, stopped after I removed it. No drivers hav ebeen installed. Which brings us to...
Method 3, which pertains to to the BIT Service is an issue that also arises with updates. And as before, no new updates have been installed. On to...
Method 4, where it asks to go to event viewer and look for EMDMgmt errors. There are none, which is expected since no external media has been connected. So last but not least...
Method 5, faulty RAM. MemTest did not show any errors for the memory.
Basically, the above solutions are for everyday random problems that occur outside of virus attacks, and are solutions to an error message popup. The location I retrieved the info merely told me that the hosts service had stopped working today (along with showing me other unresolved service discontinuations he had, like the spooler service which stopped a few months ago.)
If there are any reports or logs you would like me to paste here, or any scripts you would like me to run to help find the source of this issue, I would be glad to do it.
P.S. The primary virus infection was Malware Doctor, he brought along a lot of his friends though.
Edit: I also still have the MBAM logs from the full removal and can easily generate a services and startup list, as well as cite the procedure I used to remove it if that will aid you.
Edited by girton1965, 27 July 2010 - 12:48 AM.