Posted 17 August 2010 - 01:53 PM
OK, so early last week I was infected by one of the fake anti-virus spyware nasties out there floating around. Sorry, I don't remember which on in particular. In the course of searching for how to fix it, I ran across this site and the rkill tool. I thought I had cleaned things up. However, that does not seem to be the case. And by cleaned up, I mean getting Malware Antibytes installed and run as well as Ad-aware.
However, here are the problems I am still having and I think that I can only attribute them to either an infection that is still present or something that got changed on my configuration that I cannot figure out. Here is what is happening:
#1. I cannot upload ANY photos to Flickr, Photobucket or ImageShack. They all fail on every photo or image of any type. No details, just a failure. When I upload the same images from a different notebook (also on my wireless LAN), they all work fine.
#2. When I try to run the Java installer, it tells me it cannot continue with my current internet connection. The only thing that I can trace down to that error is a proxy setting and there are no proxy settings configured in Firefox.
#3. My Avira AntiVir Personal software cannot update. It just fails. I can get to their site, I can download the software and I can install it, it just refuses to update. I have this installed on my other computer and it installs fine.
#4. Some of the video streaming sites I go to refuse to work. It appears to be limited to only Windows media based streams as the Flash based streams still work.
#5. I play online poker. One of the sites (FullTilt) fails to download the software update. No errors, just fails. The other works fine.
I think that is it. All of the above has worked for years. Right up until this infection, everything was good. Infection hits and then these problems pop up.
I have run Malwarebytes, Ad-aware, Spyware Doctor and Super Antivirus and they detect nothing. I have turned off my firewall to make sure nothing was screwy there and it does nothing. I have uninstalled and reinstalled Avira and still nothing. So, I am at a loss. I just moved half way across the country and can't afford to take this laptop into someone and pay them, so I am stuck with figuring this out on my own...or with the help of others.
I am running Windows 7.
Any help or suggestions would be more than appreciated.