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I was trying to find a Windows 98 bootable ISO online and when I downloaded what was supposed to be that, well, what I got was not a Windows 98 iso.  What I did get was oodles of Trojans, sypware etc.  I ran MSE on my computer and it found 10 Trojans, yes ten.  After deleting I ran Hitman Pro and, believe it or not, it found over 300 traces, about 80 of which were Trojans, yes Trojans.  The other about 320 traces were a mixture of risk ware, spy ware with some tracking cookies.  After deleting the traces I tried to reboot my computer and it would not boot.  Something had messed up the MBR.  I finally got the computer to boot from the Windows 7 disk and did a repair install and the computer would boot but all the "stuff" installed on the computer would open my browser and either try to install something, or direct me to a site.  I spent over an hour yesterday going through system files finding the .dat, inf, installation, etc files installed and removing them.  Then on reboot the computer still would not run right so I did a System Restore.  Couldn't do a System Restore until whatever file[or whatever it was]had been removed.  I don't know how long I spent with Revco Uninstaller getting things off the computer.

 

But here is my question.  When I booted today I had a browser open and try to install a program.  I went into Revco and found a couple of programs I had uninstalled yesterday reinstalled.  So if this continues is there a way to find what is reinstallilng the programs or am I now going to have to do a fresh install and go through the laborious task of reinstalling everything.  I won't try to backup anything because I found files that I had to delete in a program I have had on my computer for a long time.  

 

I know I said I was through posting, but, when you get your butt kicked and don't know what to do about it you have to ask those that do.  Thanks. 

1 hour ago, kemperhills said:

I was trying to find a Windows 98 bootable ISO online and when I downloaded what was supposed to be that, well, what I got was not a Windows 98 iso.  What I did get was oodles of Trojans, sypware etc.  I ran MSE on my computer and it found 10 Trojans, yes ten.  After deleting I ran Hitman Pro and, believe it or not, it found over 300 traces, about 80 of which were Trojans, yes Trojans.  The other about 320 traces were a mixture of risk ware, spy ware with some tracking cookies.  After deleting the traces I tried to reboot my computer and it would not boot.  Something had messed up the MBR.  I finally got the computer to boot from the Windows 7 disk and did a repair install and the computer would boot but all the "stuff" installed on the computer would open my browser and either try to install something, or direct me to a site.  I spent over an hour yesterday going through system files finding the .dat, inf, installation, etc files installed and removing them.  Then on reboot the computer still would not run right so I did a System Restore.  Couldn't do a System Restore until whatever file[or whatever it was]had been removed.  I don't know how long I spent with Revco Uninstaller getting things off the computer.

 

But here is my question.  When I booted today I had a browser open and try to install a program.  I went into Revco and found a couple of programs I had uninstalled yesterday reinstalled.  So if this continues is there a way to find what is reinstallilng the programs or am I now going to have to do a fresh install and go through the laborious task of reinstalling everything.  I won't try to backup anything because I found files that I had to delete in a program I have had on my computer for a long time.  

 

I know I said I was through posting, but, when you get your butt kicked and don't know what to do about it you have to ask those that do.  Thanks. 

Later:  I have found some files that won't delete because it says they are open in System, open in another program, and to close the program and try again.  But how am I to know what program they are open in and how to delete the file.

 

Still later:  Well, trying to fix the computer, and now the same thing happened to my second computer, I have found out that System Restore won't work, sfc /scannow won't work, and chkdsk won't work.  When I try to run sfc /scannow I get a message that sfc can not run because of a recent software installation.  On boot sfc tries to run and gets the same message.  When I tried to run chkdsk when the computer boots chkdsk tries to run, quits and the computer boots.  Now I have had virus', Trojans, etc, but I have never had anything do the number on my computer that this thing has done.  Unless someone has a suggestion, I guess I am left with a clean install of both computers.  Which I don't want to do because of the work of reinstalling everything I would have to install.  Thanks. 

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I would definitely do a clean install. In a world of rootkits, you will never be 100 percent sure you are virus free unless you nuke it (and I would even flash the BIOS to be safe, but that is up to you). 

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Clean install is the best method to be 100% sure as Dave says.  You can try running the programs in my sig in that order to get most of the baddies.  Do you still need a W98 disc/ISO?

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Dave, Bob, thanks, I was afraid of that.  Oh well!!!!!!:wink:

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