About a week after you wrote your article on ‘How to clean up a spyware infection’ I downloaded a file which I thought contained a virus but I was willing to risk it anyway. As I figured, I’ve never had a virus in my 15 years of computing, and virii are annoying at best.
How I was wrong! It did contain a virus. It launched IE7 in the background and continued to download virus after virus after virus. I d/c from the net to install antivirus/removal tools, which were all closed on the install screens.
Using your methods from How to clean up a spyware infection, I battled the virus for 4 days. Finally removing it. After doing some reading, I determined the virus was a vundoo infection which has been around for a couple of years constantly updating its form. No anti-virus vendor detects it. That’s insane!
I’ve since removed any monitoring anti-virus software and will instead rely on myself no longer being an idiot. I’ll use spyware scanners at regular intervals, monitor my services and processes, rootkit revealers, and good old fashioned google to deal with any virii that come my way.
For the less technical minded, I pity you if you happen to run into a virus such as this.