I'm running Windows Vista 32bit with all recent updates EXCEPT Service pack 2 (leery of installing it), along with Malware Bytes - again all recent updates, and AVG 2010 with all recent updates.
Last night AVG reported a Cryptiq trojan stopped. I googled it and found a thread on here of someone reporting similar symptoms to what I've been experiencing for a while, namely, browser re-directs from Google searches. Neither Malwarebytes nore AVG report anything after a scan, though I haven't run them in Safe Mode yet.
This morning, after thinking everything was fine because AVG said it stopped the trojan, I got a message on start-up that read:
The specified module could not be found."
I restarted, not sure if it was just an odd error, but the same message appeared. (my username is Reston, there are no other users on this computer)
Another symptom I should mention (though I've always felt it was hardware-related) is that every once in a while, my screen with turn into what you might call a "swatch patter" - diagonal lines consisting of the main colours that were on the screen before it happened. It will stay there, and only shutting down via the power button ever does anything. I'm on an Acer Aspire laptop, which I've heard are infamous for over heating, and since after this "swatch pattern" appears, it usually takes a few minutes before my computer will start again (it will normally begin start-up, then shut off) I've always thought it was some kind of over heating problem, or a video card over heating problem. But I'm well aware I know very little about computers, so may be totally misinterpreting this.
If any of these symptoms sound like a virus, malware, trojan, or anything that's slipped through, can anyone please help me? I'm sorry if this is in the wrong place or if I've left out any important information, please let me know.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Edit: I've read through some similar posts to mine on this site, and I apologize for posting such a common problem, but I don't want to assume I know what to do just from reading other fixes.
Edited by Rez13, 20 April 2011 - 01:00 PM.