Three days ago I started getting the fake Microsoft Security Essentials alert (i think caused by hotfix.exe). While trying to troubleshoot that issue I noticed that my explorer.exe was now missing from C:\Windows. When i tried to load it from the TASK MANAGER or the command prompt it said it couldnt be found.
When I finally got rid of the fake security alert, my task bar and desktop icons did not return. Probably because I'm still missing explorer.exe.
Interestingly enough, through the NEW TASK -> Browse capability in TASK MANAGER I was able to access everything on my computer and get onto the internet. So, I downloaded and ran Malwarebytes and the Microsoft Online Scanner. The Microsoft online scanner said I had Win32/Alureon.h in C:\Windows\System32\drives\dmio.sys.
I downloaded and ran TDSSKiller and said it got rid of the problem.
NOW though my internet explorer has gotten hijakced and goes to random sites.
At this point (with the hijacked IE and missing explorer.exe) should I just reinstall Windows XP... or, do you think you could help walk me through cleansing my computer. If you think we have a fighting shot I will create the requested logs and we can go from there.
Thanks so much for your time!
Edited by Budapest, 13 October 2010 - 05:21 PM.
Moved from Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs ~BP