I am asking for help with the machine that has started all of my recent troubles; an HP Mini notebook (Intel Atom, Windows 7 Starter, no CD drive). It appears to have been the cause of infection of my desktop computer by the ZeroAccess Rootkit. User experience symptoms are continuous hard drive access (even while CPU usage is low), very poor responsiveness, and spontaneous disabling of Windows Update.
The desktop has been running MSE; tragically, the notebook has been running no security software of any kind (except probably Windows Firewall). The computer has not been left unattended with internet access (it is often connected by WiFi while on, but is often disconnected after use), and almost always shut off when a session is finished. Understanding this, and how insidious rootkits are, and that the machine may be seriously infected, I am asking for 'ground-zero' assistance.
Edited by Hunting.Targ, 06 July 2013 - 09:01 PM.