Posted 13 April 2011 - 10:54 AM
I have a Windows 7 machine. A couple days ago one of my kids was on the computer and must have done something while using Firefox and put something malicious on the computer. My daughter told me she was getting error messages. I looked and they were messages saying my hard drive was crashing. But nothing really ever happened with it. A few minutes later, the audio ads started. At random times I will get ads coming through my speakers. Sometimes it sounds like a radio talk show. Just now I got an Advidia or something facial commercial. Now some eyelash product called Almay.
My Libraries disappeared right after I got the error messages regarding the hard drive. Like, if I go to Computer, there is nothing there in Libraries anymore. I can right click and try to restore default libraries but nothing happens. I have run the hardware test from Windows 7 on my HDD and it reports nothing. Other effects of this are that some programs no longer work when I try to run then. For example I take an online class and it requires a virtual lab program that I launch from Firefox and when I try the program just crashes every time. Also, when I search for something on Google, if I click the search result, I am redirected to other pages. I have to right click, copy link location, and then past and go. I tried uninstalling Firefox and installing the newest version, no changes.
I already had Malwarebytes on my PC. I ran it multiple times and it found something the first 3 times but removing the problems it found did nothing. I uninstalled it and installed Ad-Aware, it found nothing but browser tracking cookies or something. I uninstalled it and installed something called RegRun, but it seems you have to pay to see any results from that, idk.
Does anyone know of any other good and free programs to try and narrow this issue down? Anyone seen something similar? Thanks.