A friend of mine got infected with antispiware 2009 (I believe that is the name) .. I walked her through downloading some anti-spyware tools, the one that eventually did remove it was malwarebytes ..
After a reboot, the malicious software was gone, but now she has a very unusual problem ..if she tries to use any site that is non-secure, the browser displays a message saying that the page could not be displayed .. if using https, the page loads just fine.. she's running IE7 and I've walked her through resetting it back to defaults, which disables any third party addons .. I also had her check her hosts file and we did find some rogue entries from her infection that I walked her through removing ..
When she pings google the IP address is valid ..
I'm now at a loss, and unfortunately it's remote so I'm helping via text message :) which isn't easy to do .. I have the ie8 installation file setup on a secured link for her, but I wanted to run this by the group first to see if anyone has any knowledge on this ..
Another strange thing, sometimes when she enters an address, the address bar displays nothing but "http:///
" .. three slashes, and the site name is gone..