I got Malwarebytes to open without any trouble so the reg edit did what it was supposed to. Here's hoping the rest of this process goes smoothly.
"Here’s what worked for me – I pasted this text onto the notepad application:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
Then I saved it to my desktop naming it fix.reg
I then opened up the newly made .reg file and clicked yes when prompted whether or not I wanted to update my registry with the newly modified information.
I then restarted my computer and installed Malwarebytes anti-malware and did the update as well. Once installed, I ran a quick scan which found 11 viruses which I then subsequently removed.
What the above .reg file did was neutralize the virus’ crippling effect of preventing me from installing or even using Malewarebytes or any other anti-virus program which I had running at the time (Avira).
Once restarted and sufficiently neutralized, the virus was powerless against Malwarebytes.
Problem solved. Done and done."
" I've never ran into that, but it reminds me of Internet Security 2010. God forbid you have it in your system for longer than a week without realizing. Best of luck. "I had an anti virus 2009 problem, it was a nightmare to remove.
You don't have to format and reinstall unless you are very lazy. If the virus were to delete a bunch of registry entries resulting in critical services having invalid paths and such, then I would suggest a reinstall. But this is just a virus, and not all that bad of a virus.
" Safe Mode + Some good anti-virus software Nah just kidding, FORMAT AND REINSTALL THE OS NOW. But really, that virus should be pretty easy to get rid of if you have no problems booting up safe mode, if that doesn't work though, you really are in deep shit. xD "
" @lilburtonboy7489: The ''FORMAT NOW blah blah blah'' part was sarcasm. I guess I sarcasm failed xD "Hope is doesnt come to that point.