I got the TDL3 rootkit virus on the 14th of this month, and was terrified beyond belief. I'll give a history of events as far as I can remember....
-Got the virus
-Got notices about the fake "Security Center 2010" telling me I had an infected computer and all
-Couldn't open any programs
-Rebooted my computer to try and run some programs right when I started it, but couldn't
-Not being the most knowledgeable about this kind of stuff, I used the mobile internet on my phone to look up what to do, and was brought to some threads here
-The second I logged back on my computer, I CTRL+ALT+DEL'd to try and stop the malware programs, which worked
-I ran scans with AVG Free, MBAM, and Hitman Pro.
-AVG and MBAM both eventually found some files, and successfully deleted them. The "Security Center 2010" program no long comes up.
-Hitman Pro found some as well, and those were deleted. But, the program said I had traces of the TDL3 Rootkit virus, which it could not delete
-I found out from here to get TDSSKiller, which found some things and successfully deleted them, as well.
- (If I remember correctly >_< ) After that, Hitman Pro no longer said about the traces of the TDL3 rootkit virus
-The whole time, whenever I tried to search in the Google search bar in Firefox, I would be redirected to a site "http://search.search-tab.com/index.php?cx=!partner-pub-8451664467457009%3Ajglzz2os78e&cof=FORID%3A10&ie=utf-8&q=google&siteurl=search.search-tab.com%2F%3Fs%3Dgoogle%26sid%3D10101057100"
(that was after searching "google" in the toolbar)
-Nothing I have done has gotten rid of this, as the problem still persists
-After reading about this rootkit virus, and how it hides itself as another drive and in system files and all, I'm afraid that I am still infected, and none of the programs can detect it.
-I looked elsewhere online for others with those problem, one person said to go to the "hosts" file, open in with Wordpad/Notepad, and delete everything besides "127.0.0.1 localhost", which I did, and saved the file. After reopening it, I saw that the rest came back. :/ Granted, before them it had said "# Start of entries inserted by Spybot - Search & Destroy", so maybe I shouldn't worry about this??
-And here I am, now. Worried I still have some kind of infection deep down. :'[
I'm sorry about my lack of knowledge for these things, and my faulty memory. :/
Any help would be highly, highly appreciated, though. Thanks in advance, guys.