Overnight something must have snagged my computer. When I noticed the internet was not working, I started doing my rounds to solve to problem. I discovered that all of my anti-virus tools were not working. Not just not working, they could not be opened.
I tried to open Malwarebytes and Xoftspy, and both were met with a pop up that exclaims:
Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item.
So I booted up into safe mode and tried the same thing, only to be greeted with the same pop up.
So I downloaded Malwarebytes on a different computer and installed it again on the infected computer in safe mode. It opened, and got 10 seconds in to a scan before mysteriously shutting off. Now when I click on it, I am once again greeted with the pop up.
One last thing to note: In both safe mode and normal mode, there is a mysterious process running when I open task manager. It is called "2460529860:994793325.exe" I've never seen a process with a name like that before, but it doesn't look very good.
Can you guys help me fix this thing, or find out what is wrong?
This is on Windows XP, I should mention.