Lately I've come up against a hearty new breed of malware that acts by terminating apps of a certain window title. If it gets a wiff of words like "Task", "Manager", "Hijack", "Combo"... and many more... the app terminates instantly. I can load these apps for only a split second.
I can't use any task manager or task manager alternative. The machines that I've seen this one seem to be loaded with the fake Personal Antivirus, but none of the Personal Antivirus removal instructions work because all of my apps have been crippled.
What's more, I believe this malware is evolving. Yesterday I found a variation that does not terminate the app but somehow just hides it using the windows API. Combofix and MBAM run but are completely hidden. Task manager works. No obvious rogue processes or anything. A little stumped by this one-- if I have to I can format.