My PC was hit by the 'System Check' virus this weekend.
This site proved extremely helpful and after browsing through various topics and posts, with the instructions and advice given I have been able to get back some functionality on my PC.
However I still have a few issues and I wondered if anyone could please point me in the right direction? Thanks in advance for any assistance given.
BROWSER ISSUES - Whenever I run IE or Chrome, when attempting to visit a web address via a search engine, I am redirected to a random site such as eBay, Groupon, etc.
MISSING FAVOURITES - All my bookmarks and favourites have disappeared.
MISSING PROGRAMS - When clicking the Start button, all programs have disappeared except for a handful such as solitaire. I can search for programs and they appear allowing me then to click on them and run.
LOCKED FOLDERS - When using Windows explorer, some of my folders have a padlock on them and if I try to access them I get an "Access Denied" message
SPEED - I think it's safe to say something is going on with my machine. Every task is running a lot slower than normal, as though the virus is running underneath and up to no good!
In line with the instructions on this site for removing System Check, over the last 48 hours I have ran various programs such as Malwarebytes and I've played around with various settings such as changing the permissions of folders (those that are locked). No doubt I have tweaked one or two things that perhaps I shouldn't have but it was in desperation.
Ideally I'd like to resolve the issues listed above but also give my PC some kind of 'deep clean' process in an attempt to rid all traces of System Check and any other viruses that may be present.
My e mail client (Outlook) seems to be working ok so I can receive any messages sent to me, I can also manually type in web addresses so can visit this site for any updates.
I'm extremely grateful for any assistance or advice. If you need any more system information please do not hesitate to ask but please bear in mind I am very much a novice on these things.
I followed the really helpful instructions given on other various threads and with the assistance of a more knowledgeable friend, we have got my box back to something like its normal state.
However, there are a couple of issues that we can't seem to crack.
Browser Redirect - When clicking on the results of a web search, I am constantly redirected to random web sites instead of the one I choose.
Rogue Folders - I seem to have acquired a large number of strange looking rogue folders within my drives, an example name is - 5f6bb6d04959c7db459999f3fa04d2f6, there are numerous others.
I'm certainly no expert but my gut feeling is that despite our best efforts, there are traces of the System Check virus remaining on my box.
I would be extremely grateful if anyone could please advise how I can rid myself of these issues and how I would go about a thorough 'deep clean' of my PC to ensure nothing nasty remains.
Thank you in advance for any assistance you can offer and if you need any further information, please do not hesitate to ask. Please bear in mind I am a novice in these issues.
Edited by hamluis, 24 January 2012 - 11:39 AM.
Moved from Win 7 to Am I Infected.