I have just spent more than a month trying to clean my pc of a " remote " exploit. I realize now that it was on my system for more than 7-9 months. It affected two desktops and three laptops, ( apparently due to a weak password )
The reason I am here posting is that most or all scanner engines I was refferred to didn't find anything.
I finally think that it is resolved as I am not seeing the activity on the network or hard drive. What really supprised me was that it repeatedly returned on a system that was a new install.
I bought a new hard drive, flashed the bios (new mem stick - program downloaded from library ) took out the wireless card, isolated from the internet, formated the drive using the install disk, installed the OS and then the antivirus (avast-free) and then connected to the internet.
I believe that there are many people that have or still have the same malware that I had. I have posted many times as violated and violated 5/2011 at microsofts "answers.microsoft.com" and was given several helpfull suggestions, all not curing the issue.
I watched in real time the changes that occurred to my system (printer driver
missing or corrupt, usb hub disabled while using, monitor going blank, several user accounts being made with special privledges (viewed using event viewer and using resource monitor) and had my password changed while I was using antimalware software to try and remove or find. I was never able to identify the source of the malware, only hopefully remove.
I am now wondering if there is a way to verify that my system is clean. Is a program " OTL " ok to look for items of suspect on a 64 bit OS or can someone list what they would do at this point in time.
Thank-You for your time
PS I have taken pictures of some of the items I identified but me being only a novice ( not knowing what to look for ) some are more than likely normal processes. I know some are not!