I was at University yesterday working on a paper and trying to find a PDF of a resource I needed for said paper. I had attempted to download a copy (was not very cautious, in my search) and I was notified early this morning that they disabled my access to their network due to a rootkit infection. Unfortunately I was working on my own netbook, so now -- I am assuming -- it is my own PC that is infected.
I have never dealt with a rootkit before (never really even heard of the term, prior) so in essence I just feel extremely paranoid and unsure of what to do next. I have read this morning that they are very serious and it makes me contemplate on just buying a completely new computer... Is it really that serious? To have to junk this otherwise perfectly working laptop?
I have been working for about an hour backing up my files from my netbook onto an external hard drive (finished now) and changing all of my passwords (on a different laptop). But I am just nervous about doing anything on my netbook, though I really need that sized PC for college. The next time I feel would be to reformat the hard drive and install a new copy of Windows 7 onto it, but I have no idea how to do this as I have no Windows 7 installation disc nor even a disc drive on the netbook itself. I do have a flashdrive that I could use to put Windows installation on, but I am not sure where or how to obtain that exactly.
If someone could really help me out, provide step-by-step instructions particular to my case, I would be incredibly grateful. I need my netbook back up and running as soon as possible.
Much thanks in advance!
Edited by boopme, 13 November 2013 - 11:24 AM.