I have a Toshiba laptop, running Windows 7. Suddenly today, a "Security Warning" appeared saying "Application cannot be executed. The file ____.exe (I can't remember which file it was first) is infected. Do you want to activate your antivirus software now?" A "Windows Secuirty Alert" box then came up in the taskbar, saying "Windows reports that computer is infected. Antivirus software helps to protect your computer against viruses and other security threats. Click here for the scan your computer. Your system might be at risk now." "Security Suite" then opened, and appeared to be performing a scan, detecting hundreds of threats and asking me to purchase the removal software.
Microsoft Security Essentials then reported detecting 12 or so threats, which I removed. I can only access MSE in safe mode. The history shows that the following threats were removed:
However, when I restart my computer in normal mode every application is said to be infected, the taskbar alert comes up and the Security Suite opens.
I tried to do a System Restore in safe mode, it failed. Scans in safe mode report no threats.
I cannot access the internet as all the browser applications are "infected".
I think this is a case of rogue anti spyware software, as seen here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic275479.html. However, I cannot do the first step because I cannot download anything. I have no way to transfer software from this (my desktop computer) to my laptop.
Thank you in advance for any help.
Edit: Now I get an "Antivirus Software Alert" which pops up, like an alert from a real antivirus program would, and says "INFILTRATION ALERT - Your computer is being attacked by an internet virus. DETAILS - attacked from 188.8.131.52 port 7946, attacked port@ 50533, threat: win32/nuquel.E
Edited by florals, 02 September 2010 - 05:09 PM.