Hello again - I hope you all had a wonderful and safe season.
HP Pavillion laptop running Vista 64.
Had massive pop ups flooding screen. They were web browser windows all connecting to a site for a musical celeberty (not porn). Was able to run the usual scans (MBAM, SAS, SPYBOT and AD AWARE SE). Found and deleted a Trojan. I did not note which one - sorry, but it was a 'gen' type.
No more pop ups and everything working EXCEPT I am left with 2 issues (of course).
1 - SCARY. Something is consistently sending packets to the internet. I had a NetworkMeter on the Sidebar and it would show about 5 spikes 1 second apart and then stop for 5 seconds and then repeat the spikes. This would go on for 20 seconds and then stop for about a minute or 2 and then repeat.
2 - ANNOYING. The Menu Bar (File, Edit, View) keeps stealing focus. It will highlite the File menu and any keystroke will select the appropriate menu command. This happens in ALL windows (IE, WORD, and any EXPLORER windows) and also happens with no windows open at all - the desktop, or icons on the desktop will randomly flash or blink. In a Window, the focus does not stay on the Menu Bar, but goes back and forth randomly from what you were doing - trying to enter text into a search field, or type a web adress or fill out an online form.
Tried to get rid of this through the usual scans - ESET, RogueKiller, ComboFix (ooops sorry!) HJT... and a few others mentioned in your Forums. Trouble is that I tried to do it myself when I knew you guys could do it in a few replies - SORRY!!!
Obviously, that did not work and I finally resorted to our trusty old friend FORMAT C:. HOWEVER (lol) I do not have the Windows, or the Recovery disks for the laptop and therefore could not do the Destructive Recovery. Could only reinstall and restore to factory original. The focus-stealing issue was still happening DURING the recovery...
So, there you go. I have a freshly restored laptop with some sort of Trojan/Virus. Help please
And thanks in advance!!