I hope someone can help.
I have an HP desktop running Windows XP Home (with the SP2). Until recently I have NEVER had any problems at all with this machine.
A few days ago I admit I tried to download a *dubious* file, and unfortunately all hell seemingly broke loose! My Norton AntiVirus 2007 made no attempt to block or acknowledge any virus or attack. Internet Explorer was producing pop-ups constantly and everything was running at such an incredibly slow speed that it was practically impossible to perform a basic task like open Google. One website recommended I try Spyware Doctor. This found 126 infections of various type. It seemed to be saying one of the worst was Virtumonde. After 'deleting' these viruses I was immediately inundated with Norton and Spyware Doctor pop-ups saying various terrible things were being blocked and trying to attack my system. If anything, my PC was slower AFTER using 'Doctor!
I did a Google search on Virtumonde and found this site. Someone else's post recommended VundoFix which seemed to work (found about 7 files I believe) and said it got rid of them on reboot.
I was STILL having major issues. I ran Norton scans and Spyware Doctor scans and even Windows Defender scans, sometimes finding the odd spyware or tracking cookie, which it deleted.
I've since tried SpyBot and Ad-Aware 7.0 (as recommended by BC) - these found a few more 'infections' and seem to have dealt with them.
I no longer have any pop-up issues, but my PC is still running far slower than it was 1 week ago before any of this happened. Today for example it took about 10 minutes from button push to being able to open IE. It seems to be constantly 'loading' (making noises) and things keep not opening which always used to (like my Wireless account, or Norton sometimes).
Is there anything I can do?
Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated (sorry for the long post but I wanted to be thorough!)