Well, my aunt's computer has yet another virus, so I ran over to her home, plundered around a bit, digging where my instinct told me to go, according to her testimony of frequent crashes, very slow performance, and deleted files... And I came up with this conclusion:
It's infected with WareZov. (http://www.f-secure.com/v-descs/warezov.shtml)
The first thing I checked was her system files, to see if there had been any corruption... Lo and Behold, unshowable hidden files... Or they had been redirected/deleted... But to operate w/ no system files w/ an OS running from the HD...? Unlikely... But anyway!
According to her testimony, it would not allow her to perform a system restore, which was the next thing I attempted... Lo and Behold... Well, it worked.
Files were still invisible, so I figured I would salvage what I could and attempt to repair what I could. I downloaded Ad-Aware SE, Spy-Bot, changed her browser to FireFox2, and as she's using dial up I hooked her up w/ FasterFox and FireTune. I then showed her how to use the browser, and some of the features. I also added a tutorial to how to use it... Okay, I added tutorial to her favorites, same difference.
I defragmented the computer w/ PerfectDisk8, scanned w/ AVG, Ad-Aware, Panda, Spy-Bot, a-Squared Free, and CC Cleaner. (Thanks, MaximumPC Magazine! )
After all this I had her comp running quite smoothly... And as I go to check the system files... Still gone.
Okay, I've scanned this thing with tons of anti-virus/spyware gear and I still get traces. I can't manually track the ****er down due to... well... Not being able to see the files... Any help provided would be greatly appreciated.
Oh, and she doesn't want me to run Linux off a boot disk to try and find it, either. I'm not sure why she doesn't want me to, but... Well... She's the owner, not me.
Edited by Shining_Yrael, 13 November 2006 - 09:08 PM.