Posted 12 July 2011 - 01:39 PM
I wasn't sure where exactly to post this, however this section of the forum seemed most appropriate.
I work at a local computer repair shop. Two laptops came in last week with the same exact virus in Windows Vista.
The virus was masquerading as the windows security center, saying AV wasn't installed, and to pay for it, and such.
That part of the virus was easy enough to remove. The infection seemed gone, and after watching them for recurrence for the next 24 hours, i shelved the computers for the customers to pick up.
The next day before the customer took his laptop home, we turned it on to be absolutely sure everything was okay. Internet access now appears to be blocked. Pinging anything other than 127.0.0.1 fails.
On a hunch, i took out the other laptop that had the same infection. Interestingly enough, it also is exhibiting the same symptoms.
Now, I'm already in the process of reinstalling windows on both of the machines (I found myself in too deep and decided to get rid of all uncertainty). I just wanted to see if anyone else has experienced something similar, or come up with a vague idea on what could have possibly changed between the time I shut them down, and the time started them up the next day to cause such a thing, and what could make it happen to two laptops at exactly the same time.