I got hammered by a bad spy-adware virus. Two browser hijackers and two other things, it was ugly. I swore a LOT, in two languages. After downloading helpful programs to get rid of it all, 4 days deleting files, having it all pop up again and again, hand culling the registry, getting advice from a very samrt friend who then went on vacation, swearing more and whatnot, I finally got rid of the damn things. First time in 10 years I got hit with a thing, I'm really careful. :(
What's left of this mess is: when I boot the comp up the icons appear on the desk top, Weatherbug will pull up like it's supposed to. AIM won't, Zonealarm won't. I can click the icons and do what ever I need to do from there, but if I put my cursor in the START box or icon area, it turns into that "I'm working" cursor. I assume because it's not done loading things from booting up yet. So, I can't get to my Programs and stuff. It will sit like that for 3 minutes or 3 hours, not a thing I can do about it. All of a sudden it'll let go and BAM, just finish pulling things up like it was supposed to. Meanwhile if I minimize anything I had going like a web page or Weatherbug that pulled up, it disappears. Since the whole Start Bar is a "working cursor" it's lost.
I read your boards and did a sfc /scannow check as suggested, went to the MS site and was told there's some file missing to run Explorer right, and put my service pack CD in. I don't have it, of course, I have the CAB files only. Meanwhile the Windows File Protection box won't close, so I have 4 of those sitting down below now and can't get rid of them unless I reboot, which I can only do by holding the comp's on/off button in for 4 seconds since I can't use my START button to shut down, since the "Thing" has the comp in it's grip. If I do a Ctrl-Alt-Del the processes are all listed. I have TWO cidaemon.exe (is that normal?). There is nothing at all listed in the Application list, not even Zonealarm which seems to have decided to join me and is working. I'm not sure where I as nosing around but the files that were missing in some list I stumbled on were those iecont.dll and iecontlc.dll
Any help is greatly appreciated before I take an ax to this thing. I fondly remember going "outside" before I got a comp, and if I didn't sit here till 6 am messing around all the time, maybe Outside is still there and I ought to go look? Maybe this is a sign from the gods?
thank you lots! Wren :cheesy: