I use Windows Vista as my operating system and have kept it up to date (my internet service provider requires the latest Norton Antivirus and an up to date OS in order to use the internet service).
I tried pressing Ctrl-Alt-Del and nothing comes up. I suspect a piece of (badly coded?) malware may be preventing me from solving the problem.
I already ran SpyBot, AdAware, and SuperAntiSpyware (all installed after the "v" situation started), but they didn't remove the problem ("v"s are still continuing) - i tried safe mode, and the "v"s still continue. I also tried running Malwarebytes in Safe mode, and it found nothing.
This occurred after I tried to install "Super Mario Yoshi Island - The Yoko" from a website, but when running it, it didn't seem to work (the program never started), so as I was trying to uninstall it the "v" thing started to happen. I don't know if it is exactly what caused it, but it's the last thing I remember before the crisis started.
While I ran hijackthis on my own (and Hijackthis was unable to write to the hosts.txt file), I am not posting it here because this isn't the place for those logs. Should I immediately post the related hijackthis log in the correct place, or should I do something first?
I cannot find anything on Google about this, so I am going on here to find out what I should do.
The logs from GMER and DDS are in this post, albiet I removed my name from them. (name redacted) is where my real name is.