There's more at the link but it was found with RKILL. There may be a few more clues in the output from RKILL at the link.
I am not sure if this is the same one that I paid Norton to remove a couple of months ago but I think it is ! Can you help please?
Dell Inspiron 1764
Intel Core i5 i5-430M / 2.26 MHz ( 2.53 GHz ) ( Dual-Core ) .
Memory 4.0 GB / 8.0 GB (max) .
Hard Drive 500.0 GB - 5400.0 rpm .
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition .
Display Type 17.3 in TFT active matrix .
Max Resolution 1600 x 900 ( HD+ ) .
Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics .
Optical Drive DVD RW - Integrated .
I have now tried every tool out there and Rkill is the only one that shows that. Could it be leftover from before? I am not sure what else I can do short of a reinstall. UGH !
This computer shows no signs of any problems other than IE8 being very very slow with any page that has graphics etc. All other programs work just fine.
I can still boot in safe mode and IE8 shows absolutely no issues at all...... stumped
And I saw the same symptoms when I last encountered it. Other scanners do pick it up but RKILL is the quick test.
As the PC is 1500 miles away I could not work on it but the few days I was visiting and while we cleaned it up and FireFox was OK, IE was like you reported.
Later he had the OS reinstalled and it's working fine now.
I know of a repair method but it requires a full version of the OS (the retail version) and is not something I can write in this small box. Also, most folk have restore DVDs so again, the repair I know of can't be done with that.
Let's hope that some one has come up with and easier repair for this nasty. This one was the first that I couldn't find a tool to cure it with. We knew that would happen as if you damage the OS enough, you have to consider repairs exceed what tools we have on hand. That is, the repair I know of requires the installed OS be the full retail version. Let's hope someone somewhere has better news.
Did you try McAfee's latest rootkit remover? Link follows.
Read https://community.mcafee.com/thread/46333 about Hitman Pro and a workaround if you don't buy the full version that is needed to fix it.
That tool did not work on my dad's PC. But it's been awhile so maybe the new version is better.
I would like to thank you for your help. I did a full recovery and everything is now fine.
What a pain in the butt! Why oh why do people do this crap !! Just to make people miserable??
I think I have most of my programs reloaded and am still working on little things little by little.
Thank you again and any suggestions on antivirus? Antimalware? etc? I have no faith in Symantec now as they had supposedly removed this but obviously didn't get the whole thing!
Let me share what I install and what I use.
1. I don't use IE. Sorry but MSFT lost me long ago. Use Firefox, Chrome or such.
2. Free AVG is good, but the last version interfered with the Windows 7 Snipping Tool so I now have Avast free.
3. Now for more protection. I use WOT (Web Of Trust) and AdBlock Plus on the browser.
That's it. And in many months I have yet to find more than harmless tracking cookies using the tools that Grif listed.
This one changes system files and to fix it you need to undo the registry entries and restore the OS files that were infected. There was a tool to do this but folk seem to not want to pay for it. So at the time I ran into this, none of the free solutions worked except the one the original poster used.
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