Hello all! I'm hoping someone out there has come across this little bugger and can tell me what to do! I'm at the point of having to reinstall my Windows XP as a last resort here, but hope that there may be another solution. Here's the problem.
2 days ago, I suddenly had a pop up window claiming to be MS AntiSpyware 2009, with the claims of infection, yadda, yadda, yadda. Having run into things like this before, I knew that I had been hit.
That in itself was my fault! My son and I were playing Call Of Duty 5 together, and it does not like the Windows XP firewall, or any of our antispyware / antivirus programs to be running. So we shut them down while playing together on our computers.
He remembered to turn his stuff back on.....I didn't, foolish me! :blush:
As I had a paid copy of SpyHunter, I simply shut things down and told it to run......only it wouldn't! The Task Manager showed that it was running, but the GUI was gone! No mater how many times I tried to run it, I got the same result.
No problem, I also have Malwarebyte's program.
Same result! The program was running according to the Task Manager, but no GUI! No way to interact with it!
So I called up my web browser, Firefox 2.0 and went to searching for a manual way to remove this thing. That's when I found out my browser had been hijacked. Any Google searches, and it changes the links to go.google.com
Okay, we have 4 computers in our house, mine, my wifes, my son's and my son's lap top. Jumped on them and they are good to go. I followed the manual removal instructions for MS AntiSpyware 2009 removal. Got all the files gone and the registery cleaned of it.
But both Firefox and IE are still trying to go to go.google.com. Worse: SpyHunter, Malwarebytes and AVG will NOT run! (or again, they are running, but the GUI won't display).
So I downloaded Hijack This on my wifes computer, burned it on a DVD, carried it over to my computer, and tried to install it.
No go. It won't let the install run. Worse, I tried reinstalling SpyHunter and Malwarebytes and it won't let THEM install either! It shows the install program is in the task manager, but again, the GUI is missing!
I did get AVG 8.0 to install and run. 2 hours later, it reports everything is just fine. Bull!
Testing other things out, all my games and other applications are running just fine. But I can not run ANY antispyware program at all or install one!
Oh, and another thing, both browsers refuse to go to like www.avg.com or other helpful sites when I try manually typing in the url. It just sits there and won't go!
2 other things I tried: I went to the host file in the windows\system32\etc folder, opened it up, and it did have other things besides 127.0.0.1 local hosts. I deleted them and resaved the file. Made no difference. And I checked, the host file still only shows the one local host.
I completely removed Firefox and downloaded their new 3.0 version. Same problem.
So, I can't show any log files from like Hijack This or anything, because it won't let me run them or install them!
And now I'm sitting here with my Windows XP disk inhand ready to completely reinstall it, to see if that works, but I would REALLY like to avoid that or find out it's just a waste of time.
Any heard of this or have any suggestions? Thanks for the time and help.