On Wednesday I acquired a lovely computer virus that would, on some timer I could not determine, say "Congratulations, you've won!" through my speakers. Originally, my firewall/virus scanner (Norton 360) blocked one attempt but it obviously missed a few more. After realizing I was infected, I closed all my windows and ran a full system check. Despite still having the audio coming through my speakers (and when I Ctrl+Alt+Delete'd, I could see about 10,000 windows of Internet Explorer [I know, it's a bleep browswer but it's what I've used for ages] that were not visible from my desktop), Norton said my computer was clean.
I then google'd the issue, read from various websites to try running different scanners, and ultimately went for Spybot. Spybot 'caught' the virus and got rid of it (yay!). However, now, I have a different delima. After ridding the computer of the virus, -every- -single- button has the little picture of the red X (does this have a name?). While I can click on the button as if it were there and have it redirect me to wherever it goes, I cannot see anything.
I feel I am doing a poor job of explaining this but I am not sure I can do any better. If I were more tech savvy, I'd take a screen shot and upload it to imgur to show you guys what I have going on. However, I can barely navigate the web as it is now, not having visible buttons and such.
I've ran both AVG & Norton a few times each since with no avail. Reboot didn't work. Going into Tools -> Advanced and fooling around in there with various things that other websites said to try didn't work. Hell, for funzies, I even tried to do a system restore to see if that would fix it. Interestingly enough, whatever 'this' is, seems to be preventing my system from doing a clean restore.
So, do I still have a virus that neither scan is picking up? Do I just need to check some little box somewhere to have my pictures restored? Thank you for your time
*Edit* It's Spybot, not AVG
Edited by Orange Blossom, 14 October 2011 - 11:38 PM.
Moved to AII from XP ~ OB