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    I was wondering perhaps I could bring it to Best Buy/Geek Squad and see if they could wipe it all down, install a new OS (WIN XP32 bit or VISTA 32 Bit) and I'd be clear of the infestation? I have XP 64 OS and it's rather useless anyway since a lot of stuff doesn't jive with 64 bit I wouldn't be opposed to doing this. But do you think this will clear it?

    If not I do have a laptop to use for now and can just buy a new desktop in a few weeks time perhaps that would be cheaper than getting this one fixed anyway?

    I do have two huge fast Harddrives but they are both internal, not easy to unhook.

    The list of activity from the server shows that when I did my last update I downloaded every image file and re-uploaded them a few bytes heavier. I don't update my site that way at all, I only upload the 10-20 new record reviews and occasional interview. My update took only a few seconds. Doing what they say I would have been logged in for an hour or more - though they claim it all came from my IP address. Was I sleep-blogging?

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    The Geeksquad is a viable option. I'm not sure how they go about erasing the old data. Like Seedjar was saying, sometimes a simple format isn't enough. If there isn't anything on your comp you want to tray and save, a complete re-install is the best.

    If you are going for the new OS and don't want to save any files, I would skip the Geeksquad. As long as you know what equipment is in your computer so that you can find the drivers, the OS handles pretty much everything else. Doing it yourself should also decrease the amount of extra programs that get put on there. You know, that starter package with stuff like office programs and a billion AOL shortcuts.

    I don't know if it would work to get rid of the virus, if it is one that does this, but you might be able to format the drives a few times in succession to remove it. I've never had to reformat more than once on a new install to get rid of all the little nasties, but I've never had one that sounds as bad as yours either.

    After all this is through, make sure to get a good anti-virus, spyware, and firewall. Not sure if any of that is actually useful with hosting web pages but for day to day tasks its a necessity.

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    You can't buy Windows XP any longer. You can still get it as a downgrade from Vista from Microsoft or pre-installed on a new system. Microsoft announced the end-of-life for XP some time ago.

    If there is a backdoor program installed on your system a hacker could have taken over your system and uploaded the infected files to your website host.
    Grand Hotel... always the same. People come, people go. Nothing ever happens.

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    I'm using Windows 7 64bit and I really like it..
    Swords, another caveat.... any external storage media you have is probably infected as well. e.g., usb drives, cdroms you have created etc etc etc

    once you do a clean install, do not access any of these untill you are well protected with good software

    the bitdefender suite is highly rated and they have a free 30 day trial, that will buy you some time to figure out which one you want

    unbiased reviews

    If you read the reviews you will discover that each has its own strengths and weaknesses... the suites are a good choice for anyone who doesnt want to pick and choose the individual components and then worry if they conflict with each other.

    Its a good "no-worries" security approach

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    I believed I was using the built in XP firewall (I'm sure I turned it on when I got the PC in 06 or 07) but it says that it's not running. I installed "Ghostsurf" but I couldn't get online with most of the security settings turned up. I only open emails from about 6 addresses regularly(my writers, ebay, paypal and amazon), everything else gets dumped and I almost never download anything. Did all this get at me from just google surfing and using the forums?

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    maybe... there is one class of trojan that is used to "open the flood gates" so other, more intrusive trojans can be installed without your knowledge.. trojans, malware, and viruses can be installed via webpages, emails, removable drives, etc

    Windows firewall is a very weak firewall, good ones are very "intuitive"

    IMHO, do a clean install... then before you do anything else install a good security suite

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    I can pick up the Norton software at BestBuy, the review says $70 for three users, does that mean I can install it on both my laptop and my desktop (and another if I had another machine)?

    I had my desktop custom built (in NY and shipped here), the only disks which came with it is WIN XP64 OS, a disk for the motherboard, a disk for the graphics card and a disk called Nero for burning CDroms. I put everything else on here (there isn't much). Can I just stick the XP 64 OS disk in and hit restart or do I have to do something more than that to cleanup/reinstall? Will I have to reinstall the motherboard and graphics card as well? Would the Motherboard disk have to go in first? I know how to reboot a system from best buy using the "handy reboot disk" but this is a bit different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swords View Post
    I can pick up the Norton software at BestBuy, the review says $70 for three users, does that mean I can install it on both my laptop and my desktop (and another if I had another machine)?
    yes..., but you should be able to beat that price by about 50% if you search online, try amazon.com first... then go from there

    Quote Originally Posted by swords View Post
    I had my desktop custom built (in NY and shipped here), the only disks which came with it is WIN XP64 OS, a disk for the motherboard, a disk for the graphics card and a disk called Nero for burning CDroms. I put everything else on here (there isn't much). Can I just stick the XP 64 OS disk in and hit restart or do I have to do something more than that to cleanup/reinstall? Will I have to reinstall the motherboard and graphics card as well? Would the Motherboard disk have to go in first? I know how to reboot a system from best buy using the "handy reboot disk" but this is a bit different.
    Yes, you will start with a clean install using your XP64 disk, then install your MOBO and graphics card software, they are probably drivers and/or patches required by the hardware

    then install the Norton package and at that point make a full disk image using the XP's backup utility

    that way you can always revert back to that point with ease if need be

    BTW, im not an expert by any means... just someone who has been there and done that till I learned the lessons you are learnign now, Im sure there are much better RKI's who are member's here

    and yes, you can get more "bullet-proof"... but that has its own issues, just stay off the russian porn and warez sites

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