Running relatively new computer with Win7, all updates installed. Windows Defender/Firewall running, and Malware Bytes installed and run frequently.
Checked Task Manager, CPU usage is about 98%. Computer almost unusable.
Can't seem to find the program/trojan/bot that's causing the issue.
Populating the user/appsdata/local/temp/cache folder with 1000's of folders overnight.
Each "numerically named" folder contains 100's of .txt files. Opened some of the text files. Don't really make any sense, but many contain a .com address (all different) mixed in with other random text (doesn't look like a conventional spam e-mail that would be sent), so assume the bot is sending these out as SPAM e-mails to others and the other characters are some type of "code"???
Anyway, in 2 nights the CACHE folder was populated by over 4000 folders generated by this bot. Took most of the night to delete them from the computer. Had to go into SAFE MODE to even have enough processing power to delete these. Soon as you boot normally, the bot starts running again, populates CACHE directory, and slows computer down and hogs bandwidth so nothing else works well.
Have run Malware Bytes - Full Scan - nothing found
Ran Windows Defender - Full Scan - nothing found
Ran Microsoft Safety Safety Scanner - nothing found
Ran AVG Free - Full Scan - nothing found
Tried installing Avast Free - installation error in Safe Mode, perhaps will install in "normal mode"???
Tried installing Comodo Internet Security - would not allow full installation (only Dragon Browser installed - errors on everything else)
1. Any ideas on how to identify what bot/trojan/root-kit this is?
2. What bot removal tool is suggested for ID and removal?
3. Any other thoughts/suggestions? I'm stuck.
Thanks in advance.