Spyware, viruses, & security forum: Another fake warning screen

by: N.T.Gray October 4, 2010 5:14 AM PDT

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Another fake warning screen

by N.T.Gray - 10/4/10 5:14 AM

I've got a Dell Dimension 4600 desktop (Pentium 4 chip) running WinXP.

This time the warning said "Microsoft Security Essentials" and after considering for while, decided it was legitimately coming from my own computer. It identified the infection only as "Unknown Win32/trojan"

Stupid decision.

Now I've got another virus that doesn't want to let me do anything until I buy the "removal" software. Malwarebytes running from the SAFE screen didn't catch anything. AVG said it caught something, but nothing changed when I booted up to normal screen again. From the safe screen I can run my existing anti-virus programs, but I can't seem get online. I tried to run Hitman (which worked last time), but the free trial period expired and I can't get online to attempt to purchase it. (I don't even know if this is a good idea).

So I have a virus that's got my computer locked up and it isn't letting me do anything. Even in SAFE mode, I can't get at the task manager. If I hit ctrl/alt/del the fake warning message pops up and I have to shut down and start over. Can't go online, either.

Any thoughts?

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