When I found that not only several of the computers on our network were infected with Sality/Tanatos.M - but our server was as well, I was in a great deal of distress. But your 'must read before posting Hijackthis' thread and the thread above saved my butt.
Because of those postings I was able to free up the Task Manager and Regedit (either with Sys restore or a script), then carefully remove the malware from all of the machines. Unfortunately there is no System Restore on our server that's running MS Server 2003 Small Business svc pack 2 - so I'm left with a rather big mess even though the malware is gone.
I am unable to operate the following programs - they will not open, I suspect registry tomfoolery:
AVG Network Edition 8.0
and I can not uninstall the programs above (Because I'd just reinstall) as well as some others that were installed during my attempt at cleansing the system:
If anyone would be so kind as to give me some direction as to how to repair the registry file, I would be ever grateful. Or if it's not the Registry then a hint as to what might be the problem. I had considered just looking for Ccleaner's reg entry to try and fix that, but I doubt that I'll be able to uninstall even with Ccleaner if the registry of the other programs is mucked up.
And as an aside: this circus was caused by a careless thumbdrive user.
Again thank you for the help from the previous postings above. I look forward to participating in these forums in the future!!!!