Greetings to all who read this.
Day three following an infection by the system tool Malware.
Running Vista, IE7. Mostly use Google Chrome these days, but was in IE7 when I got infected. I clicked on an image of the Wisconsin protests and everything turned to doo doo.
I use AVG antivirus Free edition, but have not updated for a few months. Bad, bad boy.
So, this version of System Tool 2011 will not allow me to do anything on the computer, unless I'm in safe mode. Of course, in safe mode System Tool does not load so....no problem.
I use PDAnet for my networking. (I'm in a rural area with a cell tower close by, so using my droid is the best internet connection)
PDAnet uses my Verizon Android phone as an internet connection, via a USB connection.
I've followed these instructions:
The problem I have is that Safe Mode with Networking will not work with PDAnet. Ergo...
I can install Malwarebytes, but can't update it because there is no internet connection.
Malwarebytes I downloaded is Dec 2010 version. I can download software on my laptop, then move it to the infected desktop machine. I don't know how to update on the desktop without an internet connection.
After loading it and running Malwarebytes with full scan, per the "System Tool" instructions in the forum, I get a clean scan. No problems. So, I shut down and reboot into normal mode and...voila! System Tool 2011 is still there.
To summarize, I can't do anything with the machine in normal boot mode. System Tool is there and thwarts my every move. In Safe Mode I don't have the system tool problem, but can't get an internet connection to update Malwarebytes in Safe mode because I'm using PDAnet.
After this post I will look into a way to use PDAnet in Safe Mode.
Thanks for your help.