Firstly I'd like to say Hello to all here on Bleeping Computer. Great website with a great attitude, nice to see.
Next, to business. About two weeks ago I had to wipe and re-install due to wininit.exe virus/corrupted files, also explorer had become corrupted too. It was a nightmare as no matter what I seemed to do the virus seemed to monitor what I did and then remove access to options/tools built in to Windows or deny me access to any other tools that I had to try to fight back. I ended up with just the ability to open task manager by using CTRL + ALT + DEL and selecting Task Manager, just then the virus decided it would stop my mouse too ! Two options, throw a hand-grenade at the computer (after two weeks trying this is exactly how I felt !) or wipe the drive and re-install. Luckily, for the computer, I'd used up my hand-grenades whilst fishing so I had to wipe and re-install. On the plus side I installed freshly onto my SSD, previously I had used the HDD - every cloud has a silver lining.
Over the last week, or so, I have been re-populating the system drive and one piece of software that I installed was WPS Office, which I fairly promptly removed. Since this brief affair I have had a few problems, chief of which was that my system drive appeared as a 'cloned' A: drive that was 'disconnected from the network' when My Computer was opened - I seem to have sorted this problem as it does not now appear in my computer (having said that - has it been hidden ??). Also I have had some problems opening various files and programs and often get the message ' unable to open due to internet/network settings' and, both on my system/boot drive and the spare HDD I get re-appearing randomnly named folders that always contain ten randomnly named files....most run along the US Church and College Campus grain and no matter if I delete them , shred them 35 times even after taking ownership they just keep on re-appearing !
After the last infection I have now become a paranoid wreck and to be sure I am not going totally crazy I have, this time, decided to come onto this site and ask for help. Last time I referred to some of the help you offered to others and also downloaded some cool tools from yourselves but, as you know, I failed. Could someone help. please ??
P.S. Also, having read about ZeroAccess last night, I think that that is the previous infection that I had. Reading other peoples experiences sounded exactly like the previous injfection. BUT, one person mentioned how they discovered that "desktop.ini" was where the ZeroAccess file was hiding. So I went and checked, remembering I had found qquite a lot of desktop.ini files previously (after choosing to show hidden system files) and I have found around 200 desktop.ini files. I managesd to shred about 130 of them but the rest remain, also I am unsure as to whether maybe just one of these desktop.ini files may need to be kept ?
Edited by Gareth26, 02 August 2017 - 10:21 AM.