Where did I most likely get the rootkits from?
The rootkit in itself is not the malware,but it's abilities to allow the programmer (hacker) access to thePC and then run the programs desired is the evil.
A rootkit is a program that is designed to hide itself and other programs, data, and/or activity including viruses, backdoors, keyloggers and spyware on a computer system.
They originally came in CD's like sony,I belive but now come with email attachments and the like.What is the best combo of virus, spyware, malware programs I should use?
Usually what works best for you. I know not a great answer. In use it is best to have one AV,One firewall and several layrs of Antispyware protection. What you have should be OK and I would add MalwareBytes ,BoClean or SuperAntispyware and SpywareBlaster. I have Avira, Comodo and those I mentioned. They can be found here at our link (all free)... Freeware Replacements
except MalwareBytes ..here.. http://www.besttechie.net/tools/mbam-setup.exeWhat else can I do to prevent this from happening again?
Please read the brief articles here,Post 10
,very informativehttp://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/top...tml#entry829374Is standard reformatting going to solve my problem?
As mentioned earlier. Many experts in the security community believe that once infected with this type of malware, the best course of action is to reformat and reinstall the OS. A full format and install not a repair.