Thanks for all the info, because of your comments, I have decided to reformat my OS. Just a couple questions so I am informed and can avoid rootkits again...
Where did I most likely get the rootkits from?
I usually stay to the same websites and don't click on ads or unknown emails. I do use Azureus to download programs (such as Nero, Alcohol) and movies as well as I use Limewire for music. Is it likely I am getting it from these sources? I also have used unsecured wireless numerous times, can this be a cause as well?What is the best combo of virus, spyware, malware programs I should use?
I currently use Trend Mirco Internet Security and Windows Defender but Windows Defender has never picked up anything and Trend Micro picked up a couple viruses a long time ago but it seems neither of these helped. Once a couple months ago, every time I restarted my computer it would come up with a bunch of guest accounts and one admin accounts. Each time I would delete all the guest accounts but once I restarted, they would reappear. I ran Trend Micro, and nothing was detected. So, what brands do you recommend?What else can I do to prevent this from happening again?
It is going to be such a pain to reformat that I want to make sure I don't get this again. After reading your article I will for sure not run on my Admin account unless needed and I will use your recommended software for virus, etc. What else can I do or avoid?Is standard reformatting going to solve my problem?
I was just going to put in my restore CDs I originally created when I got my laptop and dump everything and reinstall Windows. Will this be sufficient as I read in your article about removing batteries, etc. and I have never done that before and am not confident in doing so myself (and do not want to have someone else do it as I cannot afford it). I have reformmated before on an old system so do not mind this option but do you thin it will solve the problem? If not, what do you suggest or is there a tutorial you can direct me to?Thank you again, so much appreciated!!!
Edited by reneechristine2, 27 July 2008 - 10:52 AM.