What I have done above has been of no help.
I cannot run the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal tool--nothing happens.
I had uninstalled Microsoft Security Essentials before running RKILL (see above), even though I knew it was not working. When I went to reinstall MSE, I was redirected to this website:
On subsequent attempts to google to the MSE website, I got Error 404 and other errors. Finally, I was able to get to Microsoft's Security Essentials download page by clicking on the google cache.
Even that was not helpful. Despite the fact that I kept indicating that I wanted to use English, I kept getting the instructions in Bulgarian.
Finally, I was able to download and install Security Essentials. It's definitely on my computer. But, it won't open or run. This is the same problem I've had for two days now.
Nothing shows up on any of the antivirus scans I've tried, yet I know that my computer is badly infected, probably with a bootkit (which I just learned about). I frequently get redirected on google. As I've pointed out, I cannot run Security Essentials or the Malicious Software Removal Tool. I cannot run Gregory Braun's WEBTIME. My computer clock changed format. I don't know what else the virus has done to my computer.
Last night I ran Malwarebytes in safe mode. I also ran Microsoft's safety scanner. That program ran, but found nothing. Yesterday I also ran Spybot, Ad-Aware, SuperAntiSpyware, and Sophos Anti-Rootkit. They found no problems.
What can I try next?
Edited by Orange Blossom, 26 January 2011 - 11:04 PM.
Deactivate link. ~ OB