Virus: "windows is not genuine" takes away desktop wp...
by tiffanydw2 - 8/14/12 11:08 PM
Hi, i'm using win7u 32 but will probably upgrade to 64. i bought the OS, and it's genuine. however, i got a very nasty v a long time ago. it pops up saying that "windows is not genuine" and has a link to click. knowing this is a v, i never have clicked the link. i tried the first easy fix - reformatting the OS drive. unfortunately, the v has infected other hd's. i cannot just wipe them. i did find a possible fix for this, but it's extremely long, complicated, oh and manual. i can do it, but i've no guarantees that it'll even work. i keep getting pop ups that say i'm not genuine. the first thing it does is take the desktop wallpaper away. then it does just little weird things here and there.
i was using avg av when i got it. i will never use them again. i have avast! now, but unfortunately, many of the things it catches do not tell me the NAME of the trojan, etc, so that i can actually look it up for a fix. if i had the NAME of my v, i could do that. the logs are only kept for 30 days on avast! and i cannot seem to access any of them, possibly bc of the v. i have TBs of crap to go thru to make sure it's clean. i will ditch most of it, i dont care. but some things are too important.
does anyone know about this v? why isnt it stopped by the biggest av prgs? i've had it awhile now.
i also had it shutting down the pc, saying the cpu was overheating. i cannot *prove* that the v caused this (misreading the temps), but i have a feeling that it did. when i try to run a gadget to monitor cpu temps, it maxes out ram and says that it's not picking up a temp - hence why i think the v is responsible. if it were a real overheating issue, it would read the temp... and not use up all my ram perhaps...
this thing is making me INSANE. has anyone else dealt w/ this thing before? i'm still working on finding some names of v's i have. i had one last nite, but while asleep, my pc mysteriously rebooted itself, and so the v scan log w/ the v names on it was lost. it cannot be retrieved.
please help if you can!