After downloading a file I immediatley knew something was wrong. Programs that I did not want were on my computer. Namely "Facetheme" and "Rigntonejunkiez." Immediatley I went to the control panel to see everything that was on my computer that I didn't expect to install from this file. There were the two previously mentioned programs and "Start Now Toolbar" as well. I tried uninstalling these immediatley and restarting my computer. Upon restart I noticed that my Virus Protection software didn't seem to be running properly. I opened my browser to start doing some research. This is where the first big red flag appeared. Upon opening Mozilla I had a new start page (that I had never set as my start page nor heard of) called "Start Now." Supposedly this page was apart of Bing. I knew this was crap because I didn't set it and I couldn't click the "Bing" link. So I went to google and searched "Start Now." I read a few mixed articles one of which stated it was spyware. I figured that already so I believed it. A message also popped up on my screen that I had never seen it said something like "thank you for registering with Win Money every $5 spent today could make you win $1000." Ok so now this sounds like key logging and identity scams. I know this is something big so I keep searching and I keep finding weird things going on with the websites that are resulting from my search queries. I'm starting to think that the virus is affecting the search queries. Finally, I find a youtube video where this issue is discussed in depth. However, I don't understand a lot of it because I don't understand much about how computers work. I do know that threatexpert.com says this virus has acces to ALOT on my computer. Such as messing with my firewall and virus protection. Sending information, recievig information, messing with websites and allowing remote access to my computer. I ran a virus scan and found nothing. I also ran a virus scan from a virus scanner on threatexpert.com and found nothing. I didn't understand everything that was said on the youtube video but I did understand the part about trying to restore my computer to a previous day. I did that. It doesnt seem to have worked though even though it looks like my virus protection is working more normally.
There are two reasons why I don't believe the restore has worked.
1. When I search something in google a "$" appears next to a lot of websites and when I mouse over it it says "Every $5 spent today will give you a chance to win $1000."
2. Mcaffees website was one of the websites where this money sign appeared. I started to worry if the website was even real. When I went to the website it looked IDENTICAL to the mcafee website but my url bar said it was unverified.
Is there anything else I can do short of a complete wipe and reinstall of windows. I really really don't want to do that.