Posted 05 September 2011 - 12:12 AM
I have a 64-bit, Windows 7 HP laptop. Late, late last night after running many virus and spyware programs I gave Combofix a try. I did see the warning or requesting a helper first, but I've done so much of this that I thought I could let it run then get help if I needed it. Yes, I was wrong and should have got help first.
I fell asleep waiting for it, but it seems to have completed, rebooted, and lists a log file in Notepad, mentioning at the end of the log that a quarantine file was created.
Every program icon is giving me a Marked for deletion message and not opening, so I don't know what to do. I rely on the laptop to make my living as a web developer, and work has been so slow that downtime like this really hurts.
I don't know if there is a way to reverse what Combofix did and start over, or what should be done? I didn't read about the other programs that should possibly be run first, until today. I'm accessing the internet now with my son's PC.
I can tell you that prior to Combofix I ran Shopzilla, but didn't pay to have it fix the 49 problems it found (just don't have the $40! - times are that tough!) I did run Spy Bot Search and Destroy, then Adaware, then Virusfighter with Spywarefighter. Each found a few things but didn't appear to be a large count like Shopzilla's list of 49 items.
However, the reason I started all this is because a searchdiscovered.com browser redirect was hijacking IE, Firefox, and Chrome, and it was still happening despite running the above. So late, late last night out of desperation at not being able to get to my customer's website to install his shopping cart, I ran combofix on my own and now I'm stuck. I realize I shouldn't do anything else to mess things up further, and after seeing other posts with trouble booting up, I'm leaving the laptop on with hybernate/sleep mode turned off.
Can anyone help me? At this point I would borrow the $40 to use Stopzilla, but would love a free fix if someone out there can figure this out.
I'm really surprised searchdiscovered.com, that lists a mailing address in the USA (Wilmington Delaware) can continue to get away with such malicious behavior without being blacklisted from the internet.