|"I'm nearly 100% sure you're being sarcastic"|
100% not, sorry about that fedorafreak.
"as OP mentioned it had not worked"
TDSSserv.sys will stop programs like Malwarebytes running. The links showed the tricks on how to get Malwarebytes or any other infection program working.
Go to Start > Control Panel > System > Hardware > Device Manager > View > Show Hidden Devices.
Scroll down to “Non-plug and Play Drivers” and click the plus icon to open those drivers.
Then search for “TDSSserv.sys”
Right click on it, and select “Disable”
Note: If you select Uninstall, it will install itself again when you reboot the system, so DON’T select Uninstall.
Restart your pc.
Removing this file, removes it out of Device Manager.
"TDSSKiller, by kapersky"
Yep, once you know the problem, that's the perfect tool.
"I also cleaned up my windows hosts file, which had unwanted entries"
The badies are always ahead of the goodies, a lot of badies love the host file.
Now you need to improve your defenses to stop this happening again.