Posted 24 October 2010 - 04:25 PM
Hello and thanks for taking the time to read this.
A few days ago, after trying to see if peerblock and privoxy would work for me, I decided they didn't, and deleted them. At this time, I had no connection issues. Shortly after deleting them, I believe I clicked on a bad link in my browser that brought me to a youtube video and wouldn't let me leave the site. I am running Avast antivirus, and it tried to block the site, warning me about it being a malware site, but I was still unable to leave, so i did a hard boot on my PC. Everything seemed ok, until I started noticing some oddities, like my currency rate gadget on my sidebar not auto updating, and Avast not being able to auto update itself. I then decided to run malware bytes and super antispyware, and found nothing. After that, I tried to run RootRepeal, but it keeps freezing up and not letting me finish it. I kept the error log for that. In the past, I HAVE run ComboFix successfully, and it has fixed problems, but I am unable to get it to work at this time, and as per your suggestions, I will not try it again at this time per your instructions. I have also run Hijack this, tdsskiller, gmer(which freezes and doesn't complete), OTL,
MGTOOLS, win32k diag, and MBRcheck. If you would like to see any of those logs just let me know.
Thanks again for your time, I am not certain if it is malware at this point, or if it is some bizarre internet setting that I cannot fix, but not being able to update ANYTHING (especially windows) is pretty annoying. I am considering doing a clean wipe of my C drive and reinstalling Windows, so I hope you can help!