Here is the story on what has happened. I was (stupidly) trying to download a TV show from LimeWire. It downloaded really quickly, which should have been my tip off. Doh! I don’t know why, but I opened it. AVG 7.0 caught that it was a Trojan and isolated it. But, it said it could not heal it. I scanned with a couple of other programs and nothing.
Here are the problems
1. No task manager
2. I noticed during the virus scan that there was a weird folder on the hard drive. It is called C:\Documents and Settings\Aaron and Kimberly\! . The file is full of AVI files that are exactly 38.6 KB that are named after TV shows and they were created at the date and time I downloaded the supposed TV show . Obviously these are not videos. This file was hidden in documents and settings. I had to uncheck hide protected operating system files in folder options, which is scary.
I tried to delete the file and it said it was in use by another program. Then I moved on to trying to delete the files that were in the folder. When I tried to do a mass shift delete, it froze (this is the only time it freezes is when I am trying to work with these files or LimeWire). So, I started doing single deletes. The deleted for a while, but then an adaptation occurred and they became read-only. I changed them back and then they froze as I tried to remove them individually.
3. I moved on to try to delete LimeWire. I followed the instructions from this site in a thread about deleting LimeWire on this thread:
I got through the uninstall, but was still left with LimeWire.exe. I tried to delete it and failed. So I decided to move onto the step in the thread about typing regedit in the run box. It says that another program is using this file.
4. Next, I came to this forum and did what the instructions in the file that say please run this before posting. I go to download the newest AVG and it gets almost through the install and gives me a message:
Local machine: installation failed
Error: Action failed for file avgssie.dll: file registration....
Here is the error message:
LimeWire version 4.16.6
Java version 1.6.0_05 from Sun Microsystems Inc.
Windows XP v. 5.1 on x86
Free/total memory: 31411032/33357824
com.limegroup.gnutella.gui.GUILoader$StartupFailedException: .\lib\hashes (The system cannot find the file specified)
at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke0(Native Method)
at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(Unknown Source)
at sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(Unknown Source)
at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Unknown Source)
I have tried installing three times to no avail. I tried to rerun a scan on another program so I could post any info I get on here, but guess what? None of the work now.
I am getting so frustrated. This is freaking my out. I'm afraid my computer is being used to spread evil. I have always been able to get rid of the few buggies we have gotten. I am feeling like I will ultimately have to back-up our docs and photos to our back-up drive and just wipe the main hard drive clean to do a reinstall. I don’t want the Trojan horse to win though so I thought I would ask for any ideas.
I will be back to check the thread. I have it book marked.