I will appreciate some help trying to get rid of a number of stuffs that are making my laptop useless. Yesterday, by mistake I clicked a link to a website, and after that my computer started to act in a weird way.
The first sign was that I got a message from Antivirus System Pro saying that I was infected with a virus (at the same time a box simulating a virus scan was running) and I got a red icon with a cross in the notification area sending me a windows security alert. I did not agree to purchase anything since I know this is a fake antivirus, but I cannot do anything to get rid of this. Now, I have a wallpaper telling me "Your System is Infected" in uppercase and in small case message saying that the system has stopped due to a serious malfunction due to spyware, and that I need to get spyware removal tool to prevent data loss (I just gave a summary of the text and not an exact quote). I am also getting security warnings in the form of windows boxes saying that different applications cannot be executed because XXXX (different files) are infected and asking me if I want to activate my antivirus now. Also I am getting Antivirus System Pro alert boxes saying that I am being attacked from different IP addresses and asking me to block this attack. From time to time, an internet explorer session is started trying to direct me to www.[bleep].org.
I reinitiated my computer in safe mode and got a message telling me that I was infected with worm.win32.netsky, and also I saw a DOS command windows running 41.exe. I was running Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition before the infection and I installed WebRoot Spy Sweeper after the installation. The antivirus scan is not running properly and SpySweeper found a few spy cookies and a trojan and removed it, but the system is still having the same problems. I am writing from another laptop right now, since I have disconnected the infected system from internet. Last, but not least my system seemed to be hijacked since I cannot open task manager, command line, system restore, etc. Could anybody out there help me? Thanks in advance.