Hi guys and gals.
I caught some sort of nasty malware that was redirecting most (not all) of my clicks to odd and seemingly random websites, or occasionally just giving me the "cannot display this webpage" treatment. browsing was extremely slow, startup took almost 10 mins, shutdown took forever. This behavior appeared shortly after a nasty altercation (not my fault, long story tho) with my next-door neighbor, whose son runs a computer repair shop across the street. Maybe a coincidence, but I thought it worth mentioning because my netgear router's password also "disappeared" at about the same time as I noticed the crazy behavior. So I did what usually works when my wife or kids get something infected: Downloaded r kill, combofix, and malwarebytes to the desktop, renaming combofix. Booted into safe mode, ran r kill, then combofix. combofix saved a huge log, a log of "reg loading points" that to me normally seems to indicate the degree of infection. Malwarebytes, however, runs for a few minutes and suddenly displays the message " scan in progress, are you sure you want to abort?" when I click "no" it just sits there, and does not continue. I am writing this on the computer now, (after reboot and normal start) and, although it seems much better, I'd like to know if you guys can shed some like on what just happened, and is it "fixed". I'll post the combofix log, if needed, and intend to change my router once I know my computer is clean.
Anyone shed light on this subject would be GREATLY appreciated, and will help an old man sleep at night.
Forgot to add that this is a very old hp desktop running xp home edition, 2gb memory, sp3 installed, set to update daily automatically, hard drive only 1/3 used.
Edited by Batmandame, 09 March 2013 - 03:59 PM.