This is my first post on this forum and I hope it turns out well.
A Windows XP box had the 'Security Center' malware. I still haven't determined how it got onto the box. I tried installing MalwareBytes, but the setup window closed after I had chosen the language to install it in.
So, I tried installing AVG... same thing.
I search online for Hijack This, get to the site and then IE closes.
I ended up finding articles on the 'Security Center' malware and deleted the registry keys and files associated with this malware. It did not popup at all, even after a few reboots. So after that, I tried installing MalwareBytes and AVG, but the same thing kept happening.
I started wondering why these specific programs kept closing? Later I came to the conclusion that certain words found in a window's caption will cause whatever program to close the window. I tested it by making an HTML page with 'AVG', 'malwarebytes', and 'norton'... all closed.
I restarted the computer in Safe Mode w/ Networking and a few times Safe Mode w/ Command Prompt. I checked the processes (saw service.exe, svchost, and a couple of other windows programs... the list was very small though). I was making sure there wasn't any other processes running that could be causing this. I even ended a few of the system programs (had to do: shutdown /a - when it started saying the system was going to shutdown after ending certain programs).
So I opened Malwarebytes again to install it and the same thing kept happening! So I thought something had infected a system file and I would never be able to get rid of this without replacing the system file.
Then I do the Windows Installation repair. After it was all done, rebooted the computer, and bam! Still closes the windows w/ specific keywords in the title bar.
I don't want to re-install the whole operating system just yet. I have to back up the billing files and user profiles for a specific program this computer uses.
But I was wondering if anyone has experienced this Nazi-like virus/malware/spyware/annoying-the-hell-out-of-me-ware?
If so, how do I get rid of it without a 12-gauge shotgun?