I am having a lot of trouble trying to get rid of the malware which seems to have infected me. It is one of these which inhibits everything which would detect and clean it. The main symptoms are that when I click on google links I get redirected to random sites and also Windows Live comes up with a 'Windows Live Communications Platform has stopped working' error message.
I get error messages trying to run Spybot, HJT, Erunt and McAfee which won't let any of them run scans, or scans start and then the application closes itself down. I have tried to uninstall, reinstall and run them numerous times.
I run Vista Home Premium (32-bit) on a HP Pavillion dv9500 notebook.
Any help would be much appreciated to see if I can avoid a full Vista reinstall.
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Please download exeHelper to your desktop.
Double-click on exeHelper.com to run the fix.
A black window should pop up, press any key to close once the fix is completed.
Post the contents of log.txt (Will be created in the directory where you ran exeHelper.com) Note: If the window shows a message that says "Error deleting file", please re-run the program before posting a log - and post the two logs together (they will both be in the one file).
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Open on your desktop.
Click the tab.
Click the button.
Check just these boxes:
Check the box for your main system drive (Usually C:, and press Ok.
Allow RootRepeal to run a scan of your system. This may take some time.
Once the scan completes, push the button. Save the log to your desktop, using a distinctive name, such as RootRepeal.txt. Include this report in your post.