The past few days I've been battling to remove a series of viruses, rootkits and malware (Sirefef, SMART HDD, among others) that infected my computer during a lapse of antivirus coverage, and possibly a Java vulnerability.
The fact that all of these slipped past and remained undetected by my Ad-Aware Pro (PAID version) infuriates me. Equally infuriated by their unintelligible customer service, I uninstalled the entire program and downloaded Avast Free Antivirus. Using a combination of Avast, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Spybot S/D, TDSSKiller, CCleaner, Unhide, EZ Sirefix, and a couple basic Windows tools, I was able to get the infected files quarantined/obliterated and now I'm in the process of cleaning up the mess left behind.
One of the biggest problems I have is the state of my Windows firewall. Whenever I try to activate it, I receive "Error code: 0x80070424".
I downloaded and ran the Microsoft Fixit tool and was told that (in so many words) I could not set the Windows firewall because I was using the Lavasoft Ad-Aware firewall program, or because of an existing group policy. Right now I'm willing to bet there's some remnant of Ad-Aware screwing up my Windows firewall. After three solid days of dealing with this mess, I'm about to turn into a rage rocket.
If anyone could offer advice or help, it'd be very much appreciated!
Running: Windows 7 Ultimate (32-bit) SP1
Edited by eejay, 15 August 2012 - 08:24 AM.