I spent a couple of days searching the internet trying to find a method to remove this beast. I finally found a method that worked (or so I thought). I even book marked it.
I painstakingly removed this crap (or so I thought). It had many registry entrys to maunaly remove. Spybot catches it but cannot remove it (it writes crap all over your registry). So I go through the process and remove it and no problems for a few days. Then, all of a sudden, spybot asks about a registry change (got tea timer running). The change is surfsidekick. I deny it. Other changes are brought up (one I recognise manually removing) and I deny them and check remember this decision. When I finish with the last one, spybot goes completlly insane!!! Denial of chage windows (kind of small windows) start scrolling across the entire screen!!! My cpu usage gets pegged as spybot denial of change windows start to scroll across the screen. It gets so bad, my videocard cannot keep up and the windows are blank (the screen cannot redraw as fast as spybot is refusing the thousands of registry change requests). I say thousands because this happened for several minutes while I couldn’t access the computer (anything I tried to click got poped to the back instantlly including start/run). After several minutes, I manage to get a task manager window open. As anoying as it has been in the past, thank god the task manager window is always on top!!! The computer was so locked up that it still took a couple of minutes, but I was able to forcably uninstall its main program (in fact that is what came up as default in the run window as that was the last thing I did). I dont know where I’m getting this from but the worst of virus’s or trojans have not been so dedicated. I was surfing here when it happened this time, and here, cnn, yahoo, bestbuy (major sites) are all that have been visited. This is the most agressive and intrusive spyware I have ran across. Fyi I did use hijack this as part of the process to kill this program but have not submitted a log to anyone.
If anyone knows anything about this virus like spyware, any help would be appreciated. I guess I’m spending the next few days with virus scans, registry edits, spyware scans etc till I completlly go insane!!!