I had an old netbook running windows xp. I lent it to a friend and now it has a bizzare virus.
Here are the symptoms. Everytime I boot up the computer, it says I have 0 harddrive space left, no matter how many files I delete.
When I go into Documents and Settings, then look at the list of users I see over 40 user accounts each with very bizzare names.
for instance, I saw Avi, Avi.CRICKET.000, Avi.CRICKET.001 etc until Avi.CRICKET.020 and the same on another account. I also saw a TEMP folder that looked like a user account.
When I log into the computer, I don't see my normal desktop image and icons. When I tried to delete Avi.CRICKET.020 it said the file was in use.
This makes me believe that the virus is creating these extra accounts which doesn't allow me proper access to delete files or install an anti-virus but does allow it to use IE to do it's bot attacks or whatever.
I've tried deleting all those .CRICKET accounts and loggin in normally again, but when I do, I find another CRICKET folder created.
What files can I edit to get rid of this? Thanks.
I should add, That this computer does not have a CD drive, and I've searched all over google and couldn't find anything.
The answer I'm looking for, would be something which tells me which files I should look for, or a reg edit I should do, to remove these duplicate accounts so I can boot from my main account and run the proper tools. Other possible answers would be the identity of this virus so I know what it is doing or can find details about what its doing so I can fix it. Thanks.