In my haste I didnt read the pinned topics.
Ok, I'm working with an emachines model EL1200, running windows vista home basic. When I got the computer, I ran malwarebytes, and it came up with a laundrylist of things that were wrong with it. I will post that log when i have access to it. I asked malwarebytes to clean the computer, and it did so. However, there were still some things that weren't working. Remove Programs, any Internet access, All of the icons on the taskbar, the accessorys file in the start menu had disappeared, All the user data (documents, pictures, and music) had been set to read only-hidden, and it was still very sluggish.
So I moved the user data to a flash drive, and did the only thing that I knew to do. Re-image the computer. I only had a copy of windows xp pro 64bit and so I researched the computer specs and was under the impression that it was compatable with the hardware. I deleted all four partitions, and installed the xp. It surely was not compatable. The LAN drivers proved to be impossible to find.. So I got a Vista disk from my tech friend and restarted the computer, booting to the disk. it didnt ask me if I wanted to format, so I'm thinking that's where i got screwed.
Vista installed beautifully and I was able to connect to the internet immediately. I installed Microsoft Security Essentials, and while it was running it's scan, I downloaded firefox cause I hate internet explorer. Then MSE popped up that there was a severe level threat and that it was called win32\Alureon I tried to remove it but it said that it was unable to do so. Error code 0x80501001 Not gonna lie... I tried to make it remove it like 4 times.
Anyways, I went to microsoft support, they transfered me to advicetech or something like that. the dude that I talked with wanted me to download some stuff and run scans and let him know what came up, then he told me that after 15 minutes, I would have to pay him $100 for help. I happily said 'Or not...' And went on my merry way.
He recommended to me that I should run
MSERT.exe from microsoft.com (Microsoft Anti-Malware Signature package)
then clean what comes up in the scan.
Then he said that I needed to enter safe mode, delete all temp files, delete everything in %temp%, search for protection center and delete all of that, then run the Microsoft Malicious software removal tool, then run kaspersky's root kit.
I want a second opinion. I don't wanna do all of that if I actually have this Alureon rootkit... cause everything that I have read is telling me that there's really no point in doing it cause I'm just going to have to scrub my hard drive.
Edited by Eymber, 22 January 2012 - 03:53 AM.