Posted 04 August 2009 - 09:46 AM
Thanks for the responses. I'm not worried about my computer---my brother's is so messed up I'm going to wipe the disk and reinstall. He has avg and runs spybot sporadically, but there's something there. It takes a couple of minutes to open a file (eg. windows explorer), and when outlook finally opens, you can't open e-mails. A message comes up stating that the file may not have been completely downloaded, click ok on that and another message comes up saying there is insufficient memory. I finally got task manager to open, and the cpu is running at 100% when I tried to run spybot, occasionally plummeting to 47% for a couple of seconds, and the page file is over what it's set at. It still says there is some free memory though. It's easier for me to just wipe the drive and reinstall, since it would take forever to run anything on it. I gave up on spybot after an hoir, since it had hardly gotten to 20%. I figure it must be some kind of virus, but since he has scheduled scans with avg, I'm guessing a rootkit---that and the cpu usage. Since I discovered info about rootkits, I figured I'd run it on mine to see how it worked. My computer is fine, as I do clean installs about every 6 months. Is there a program I should install on his computer (I guess Mine as well) that will protect it from rootkits? Thanks.