Three days ago I tried to use my standalone home computer running Windows 7 Pro. It's anti-malware software is MBAM 3.0. I clicked on the Start button and about 20 web browsers began to load. I continued to click the red x's as fast as I could and after about two minutes of battle with them, they were gone. I clicked on the Start button again, the menu came up which could BARELY be seen like a ghost, and the browsers popped up even faster. At the same time, thirty or forty print windows emerged. These were picked off a little easier by closing them on the task bar. The web browsers were a little more difficult, taking about 2 1/2 minutes to defeat. Of course, I figured malware. I suppose I wasn't freaking out, because I have backups and a total reformat wouldn't be that troublesome, although it is work I don't have time to do.
I didn't just do a hard reboot on the computer, because I wanted to somehow get to the A/V. I was successful at that, and a MBAM scan found seven things. The first six said Trojan.generic, while the seventh said Trojan.generic/suspicious. The interesting thing is that the path was to an application that is somewhat known for being flagged; not one you would have ever heard of. Maybe it should be excluded.
But, since these were quarantined, the behavior has been normal. I can try anything, and I can't cause it to hiccup. The strange thing is, after running another MBAM scan, bringing up SAS Pro and scanning and finding nothing, I thought I would turn off MBAM and run a malware program I still had, but it was not on the system tray competing with MBAM. So Hitman Pro.Alert was going to scan, but it was past its expiration data. So, I paid for a license, which I received and typed it into the Activation field. You are then supposed to click on the word Activate below it. I did so, and the field where the key was greyed out and a green line progress indicator started from left to right. Three seconds in everything stopped. I tried many times, and the same thing happened. I uninstalled that version, downloaded a new one. Installed it. It asked for an activation key which I provided, and the same thing happened. Is that just a coincidence?
I am wondering if MBAM did find the actual culprit, why didn't it find it in real time. I can restore from a backup from a month ago, but I can be lazy about these things. My other question is if I RDP into my network at work, is there any risk.