Posted 17 March 2012 - 03:58 AM
Posted in malware logs forum but haven't received any help....
Picked up a trojan - a fake Microsoft program that started with a warning of "Delayed Write Failed" and starting a "scan" which I stopped. Was able to get here to obtain directions to remove. Could not start the process in safe mode - only got a black screen, all programs removed from start menu. (It has not hijacked my proxy so that's good, I guess. No emails have gone out.)
To repair, I ried to start with running msconfig and that also went to a black screen. So I chose the option of resetting the computer to Thursday. Lo and behold I get my desktop and programs back.
Ran malwarebytes which detected nothing (full scan). Can I continue like this - assuming the trojan was just to get me to buy their 'software' and not stealing my files, etc. This is just a home computer - XP OS, 7-year-old Gateway desktop, mostly used for email, writing projects, photos, Zune play lists and Facebook. The raciest site I visit is dlisted.com for stupid celebrity gossip so I have no idea where this came from.
Had been backing up with an external hard drive but it's been a couple months. Can I back up onto an online backup system now? Would the Trojan piggy-back on that? Any online backup programs to recommend?
All suggestions, info, assistance is greatly appreciated.