I think I have been infected in a major way, it is awful and I have made even more awful mistakes trying to figure this out. I have noticed three major problems so far. This happened last week. I watched a film online last Thursday night and right after the end my computer shut down on its own, which it never had done before. So then I started it up again to make sure nothing was wrong and it started fine, so I thought it was ok and I shut it down. Then on Friday morning is when I noticed there was something wrong, details which I am listing below.
I must also confess I tried to figure this out on my own by looking up online for some of the words that were coming up as errors in my system. So this is how I got to a link on bleepingcomputer.com, where someone was posting about something similar and I thought it was close enough to follow the same instructions. I know, it was a major dumb mistake, I know now and hope I have not ruined my computer.
The initial link that I followed is this: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic440596.html
But what I ended up doing on my own is this:
1. I did System Restore
2. I downloaded TDSSkiller, launched it, clicked on change parameters-Select TDLFS file system and ran a scan, then I did this on it: I Rootkit.boot.pihar - CURED it and TDSSfilesystem - DELETED it
3. I downloaded Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, launched it and ran a scan and then I did this on it: selected all infections and DELETED them. I must also mention that the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software I downloaded is gone, I don't know how this happened but neither the link is on the desktop nor the program itself is in my installed/uninstalled programs in the system
Nonetheless, this is how I found about you guys in the end and am now trying to figure things out by starting from scratch, hopefully it's not too late. I had actually started a topic on Friday on the 'Operating Systems' forum for Vista and this is the link I started: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic456452.html But after reading what the moderator was advicing me to do, I thought it is best to start this as a new topic in this forum. Pardon me if this is another unethical thing to do, but I am a new user and am getting just now acquainted with Bleeping Computer.
Okay, and now to the relevant details:
I have a:
Pentium ® Dual-Core CPU T4200 @ 2.00 GHz 2.00 GHz
64-bit Operating System
I am getting this small window when I start my computer and it does not allow anything to start. I have gotten various window messages, this time around I wrote down which ones:
"Div X Update Has Stopped Working"
"Adobe Acrobat Speed Launcher Has Stopped Working"
"Google Installer Has Stopped Working"
"Skype Has Stopped Working"
"Microsoft Word Has Stopped Working"
"Power Point Has Stopped Working"
Then, for each one it tells me it is going to close the program and that Microsot Windows will let me know if a solution is found.
Problem # 2
Every time I am researching for something on Google now and if I try to follow a link, it is always re-directing me to what seems to be another search engine. Here is an example of something I just tried looking up on Google, I typed in the word 'etnogastronomy' and upon following the first link, here is what I got: http://18.104.22.168/search/web/etnogastronomy/C10/ecn/46938-97510/v5
So, this is somewhat obstructive since I now cannot research anything. If I do have a URL address is fine, it takes me to that site, but if I am looking for a site to which I do not have their URL and I try linking up to it from Google, this is when it re-directs me to something else.
Finally, with all of this, my computer seems to be running a bit slower now.
So I know I am reporting a bundle here, but can you please, please, please help me?
Thank you kindly in advance. I am a Chef, and I wish I could help you with something in exchange, so if you have any culinary questions, please feel free to ask.
Edited by Souschefie, 13 June 2012 - 08:42 AM.