Hello, first time poster. I have 3 PCs all of which have various states of disrepair all caused by same malware ( I don't know if this is virus, TH, hijacking or a combination) I have tried MBAM pro, Norton 360,MSER, CCleaner, Comodo, and Kaspersky 3.0 & Hitman pro-none have detected problem and Kaspersky has been taken over by malware as it is asking for activation code though its been previously activated, All issues seem to come from MSFT admin profiles, ii.e Trusted Installer, CREATOROWNER,and SYSTEM. I try to open programs, folders, even drives and get told that I have insufficient privileges. I have tried changing permissions but the stickler is "Inherited permissions" which is grayed out and allowed for all MSFT admins but not for my created admin profile.
I understand that these MSFT admin users have their functions but I can't figure out the rationale for taking over 3 PCS and making them virtually unusable. I have even triedto get Norton remote support (I won't say anything about their apparent skills but the only option that they suggest is to wipe the drive & re-install. PCeSupport is even worse, they charged me $450 for an annual plan that was supposed to protect all devices in house. All they do is run free software like CCleaner (which I've also tried) and a few other common free programs but they can't fix anything. I finally shelled out $149 each for 2 PCs to belooked at by MSFT techs. 1st level if techs were baffled. It's no escalated to another level and though MSFT has spent about 20 hours working remotely on 1of 3 ratbleeped PCs, no help.
System repair disks don't work. If anyone has ANY suggestions, I'd be extremely grateful for your help. If it comes down to wiping drive, I'd like to know how to keep this from happening again. I've always had PCs protected & have not downloaded any attachments ior files, been to any sleazy sites. I did have 2 versions of that pain in ass Conduit toolbar & search engine get onto my PC but got rid of it in minutes. I can no longer open or access C:\ on 1 PC, the PC this is coming from isn't that bad yet but whatever parasitical program/script is on all PCs won't stop until PC is unusable.
Sorry about length but I wanted to make sure I included all potential "cures" for this issue I've tried aleady. Spent more on trying to remove whatever this is than a new PC would cost. I'm afraid to even buy new PC since I would need to re-install some of the current files and am afraid that new PC will be corrupted as quickly as these were.
Edited by hamluis, 10 August 2013 - 05:08 AM.
Moved from Win 7 to Am I Infected - Hamluis.