Posted 04 August 2010 - 02:29 AM
Yesterday evening, I left my computer on as I went over to a friend's place. I was backing up files to a wiped, formatted external hard drive and wanted to use this down time as an opportunity to do some heavy-duty pasting.
When I returned around 1 this morning, I found that my computer somehow got a virus, it would seem. The symptoms are as follows:
-I am getting the recurring message "Application cannot be executed. The file hpzipm12.exe is infected." I'm not trying to do anything, but I am getting this message on a recurring basis. It's happened once or twice with other exes, but I can't recall what.
-Avast! has blocked svchost.exe from going to several different malware URLs, probably about 3-5 I'd say. It hasn't happened in the last hour or so, but I'm guessing it may be related.
-I cannot run almost any new apps. I can't run Malwarebytes, Spybot, or (most importantly) HijackThis. Normally I'd include that log here, but I can't even get it to run.
-I *was* able to perform a virus scan with Avast! but it turned up nothing, showing 0 uninfected files.
I've had this laptop since 2008 and had little to no issues with it, and no viruses. I'm running Windows XP Service Pack 3, with 2 GB of RAM. I don't know what else to include, I've never had anything like this happen before and I'm pretty scared. Any help would be greatly appreciated.