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It's one of those viruses that pretends to be a fake anti-virus and your parents click block attack and get sucker punched.

Well, it closes everything I open, for example, task manager, command prompt, any application, etc.

Well I loaded up a USB drive with TDSSkiller and malwarebytes for now and I plugged it into the infected computer. Turns out that was a bad idea? Symptoms on the infected computer were no detection, I figured the virus blocked removable drives....

Well it appears the USB drive is now bricked. Is that even possible? It's not detected on any computer now.

Can a virus brick a USB drive simply by plugging it in?
 

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No, that's a complete matter of coincidence.

EDIT: If you did a hard shutdown at any point, you have a low percent chance that you shorted out the USB drive (but still possible).
 

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This happened to my mom's laptop. In the end, I couldn't even boot into safe mode. Luckily it was a Vaio from 2003, and we just salvaged what we could into a usb, and then threw that laptop away.
 

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Hardware malfunction .....but is your computer still able to start up and boot into windows side ? and your not able to open any kind of programs at all..
 

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My mom's laptop appears to have the same virus. When I boot into the OS normally it prompts me to buy some antivirus software in broken English. I was unable to launch anything, when I tried I got an error message saying the file was broken or something.

So I booted into Safe Mode and downloaded MSE and did a full scan. Nothing. I don't know what to do =S
 

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No, that's a complete matter of coincidence.

EDIT: If you did a hard shutdown at any point, you have a low percent chance that you shorted out the USB drive (but still possible).
No shut down or power up on either system.

I JUST bought this jump drive...

Nothing shows up in device manager.
 

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time to reformat dude.. Only way to be sure. I advise all of my family that if they ever are prompted by antivirus other than what I have installed and trained them to use to not attempt to click anything but power it off and mail me their computer immediately.

So far two laptops have shown up since JAN 1st lol.
 

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No shut down or power up on either system.

I JUST bought this jump drive...

Nothing shows up in device manager.
Defective drive. If you still have the receipt, return it. If not, contact the business and submit an RA.
 

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Linux livecd > copy over information you want to save (docs, pics, ect) to an external hard drive > format disk > reinstall windows
 

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Hardware malfunction .....but is your computer still able to start up and boot into windows side ? and your not able to open any kind of programs at all..
Yes, infected computer boots into windows fine. No internet, and you can't open any program except my virus scans ironically. However despite finding 15 infected traces and moving them to chest the virus still exists.

Leads me to believe it's a root kit which is why I tried to run TDSSkiller.
 

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My mom's laptop appears to have the same virus. When I boot into the OS normally it prompts me to buy some antivirus software in broken English. I was unable to launch anything, when I tried I got an error message saying the file was broken or something.

So I booted into Safe Mode and downloaded MSE and did a full scan. Nothing. I don't know what to do =S
Have you tried a rootkit detector?

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How do I go about doing that?
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Set your BIOS to allow you to boot from CD at startup. Once set, add your Windows DVD to the drive tray, and press any key when prompted. Run through the setup to wipe your system clean; it will start you from scratch. You will lose all data in the process.
 

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Okay, download superantispyware portable and rename to scan.

Move the file to the root of C: and reboot computer. Startup Safe Mode with Command Prompt, and then navigate to C:/. Then type in scan and press enter. Do A COMPLETE SCAN. It SHOULD find the viruses, since it doesn't need to be installed.

After its done, reboot and restart Safe Mode with Command Prompt. Type in SFC /scannow to check for problems.
 

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Yes, infected computer boots into windows fine. No internet, and you can't open any program except my virus scans ironically. However despite finding 15 infected traces and moving them to chest the virus still exists.

Leads me to believe it's a root kit which is why I tried to run TDSSkiller.
Hmm mine doesn't turn up anything when I scanned it, and I was able to access internet in Safe Mode with Networking.
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Set your BIOS to allow you to boot from CD at startup. Once set, add your Windows DVD to the drive tray, and press any key when prompted. Run through the setup to wipe your system clean; it will start you from scratch. You will lose all data in the process.
Oh, and is that the only means of solving this? Then again it might be best to reinstall the OS, I have never seen so many toolbars.

Is there a program that automatically declines to install toolbars/other junkware when installing stuff? Similar to how ninite.com does with certain programs? That seems to be a big issue my not-so-computer literate family is having
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Follow what I said in my post above, it SHOULD remove the viruses. Here is the link to the Virus guide I made (works EVERYTIME) link.
 
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