I was infected with Spysheriff this past Sunday. Not having been the best at maintaining the latest spyware technology, I only had Norton Anti-virus 2001 on my Dell PC (running with Windows ME). And I wasn't running it as often as I should.
Whenever I signed on, the wallpaper changed to the WARNING: YOUR COMPUTER HAS BEEN INFECTED, and I cannot seem to change it to another wallpaper no matter how hard I try. Also, several shortcuts are added to my desktop for things I didn't download (selling Viagra, Gambling, Real Estate, Pharmaceuticals).
I booted last night in safe mode, downloaded AdAware and SpyBot (after reading the postings here).
Ran both of them in safe mode, and ran a full system Norton virus scan (which turned up no viruses).
When I rebooted in regular mode, the SpySheriff was back, as well as the unwanted pop ups and shortcuts (many seemed to be sponsored by Verizon).
I rebooted again and reran SpyBot after getting it updated, and it seems to be better.
However, I can only change the wallpaper when I don't sign into Microsoft Networking. When I don't enter a password and just click out of it, I can change the wallpaper.
Also, I am concerned I deleted something I shouldn't have, because when I reboot I get the following error message:
"WINDOWS CANNOT FIND C:/Windows/SYSTEM/KERNELS32.EXE"
What does this mean? Am I in trouble???
Also, do you recommed getting a firewall as well attached to my computer?