Posted 22 December 2011 - 10:37 AM
I want to thank you for the help and to report what I consider a Christmas Miracle! After posting yesterday I started to fool around with some of the anti virus programs and especially Kaspersky TDSSKiller. I had run Kaspersky a number of times in the past and could never manage to remove the offending virus. Well, after deleting a bunch of minor threats, requesting cures and quarantines and multiple restarts Kaspersky quit reporting any threats. Frankly, I'm know it is not good practice to randomly delete stuff and click on things unless you know exactly what you're doing, but given my level of frustration, I think you can understand my state of mind.
Anyhow, I no longer have that little pop-up in the lower right of my screen telling me "Threat requiring manual removal detected: System Infected: Tidserv Activity 2", Kaspersky and Norton scans report no problems and that pesky ping.exe process no longer appears in my Task Manager to suck up processing power.
I'm going to thank you for your quick response and keep my fingers crossed while I hope I won't be needing your assistance for a long, long time.