Posted 01 September 2010 - 11:37 AM
I am running Win XP SP3 and can't access Windows Updates. In IE8, the specific error message is:
"Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage"
If I try to access windowsupdate.microsoft.com using Firefox 3.6.8, the error is:
"The connection was reset"
"The connection to the server was reset while the page was loading."
I got these same errors in Firefox when I tried to post this topic to BleepingComputer, though I was able to access the site, login, and start this post using the affected computer. Most other websites seem accessible.
I ran MalwareBytes with no infections found. I ran SuperAntiSpyware and it found 2 trojans and killed them, but this did not solve the problem. I am using AVG 9.0, and a command line scan in Safe Mode found "Trojan horse Adload_r.AKC" in several files (Explorer, svchost, and Firefox. I ran Spybot S&D and it found some adware and killed it. None of this cured the problem.
I found some other threads here that seemed similar to my problem, and in preparation, did the following, all in Safe Mode:
- Ran DeFogger
- Ran DDS.scr and saved the logs
- Tried scanning with RKUnhookerLE.exe but received the following error messages, whether or not I ignored the error stating that "Rootkit Unhooker has detected a parasite inside itself!":
-- If I ignored it: "Program integrity damaged!", then "Error loading/opening driver"
-- If I clicked OK, "Parasite removed, continue loading", then "Error loading/opening driver"
I ran GMER and saved the log, nothing looked out of the ordinary.
- Ran MBRCheck.exe, and it says "Unknown MBR code" on PhysicalDrive0, and "Found non-standard or infected MBR".
I have not attempted any fixes other than SAS and MWB.
Any assistance would be appreciated!