Posted 04 January 2006 - 04:47 PM
At the core of the eradication techiques is "preliminary" use of updated specific anti-spyware and anti-virus applications, generally followed with targeted and carefully selected use of HJT's ability to modify files and the registry.
Some malware does indeed prevent the use of these tools, by design, since that's "their game".
winXP in your case has probably been crippled to some degree.
I'll ask some questions that will help determine the sequence of what to do now in defense.
1. what type of PC do you run, exactly? (techniques vary by PC manufacturers/OS loads)
2. can you download/install applications? (usually some can be when others might not)
3. you need to try online anti-virus sites. Have you yet?
4. what is on your hard drive that IS anti-virus protection now? Updated?
5. besides Microsoft Anti-Spyware beta, what is on your hard drive for anti-spyware protection?
6. is windows firewall on? any other firewall involved?
HJT will run, it might need some special attention to do so first.
When it does, we want to guide you, so after these questions are answered
we'll have more info for you that should enable you to post a log and get
the help you need in the way you need it.
Roll your sleeves up, it's gettin' serious.
patiently patrolling, plenty of persisant pests n' problems ...