Last night I has suspicions about getting hit with a rat, or somr other trojans, and i did a trojanhunter scan and a rat came up, alond with generic.rardrop.b and kaspersky detected some trojan that i can;t find any info on. it was a Backdoor.Win32.VB.aoi
That is one place I do agreee with some people here. However, one guy in one ot the broadcasting groups, who removes malware for a liiving will insist you can remove it without re-installing the system, but I will get into arguments with him to the contrary. The only foolpoof way to get rid of malware is to wipe out and reinstall Windows.
Always a good opportunity to change OSs - *BSD, Linux, Solaris, jeez.. Z/OS if u want...:) anything but Windows if at all possible. There are *so* many ways of getting Win apps to run on *nix and that requirements' disapperating these days because of quality opensource alternatives. And you have a far superior, more secure networking setup, and people on security ng's don't make fun of your box ;-)
I know malware, worms, viruses exist on every platform, but it's not like
100s of threads on Usenet are discussing reinstalling *nix boxes because of some shady little spyware.
Unless you are able to find out exactly how and when your system was compromised and what was altered after the compromisation, the only reliable way of going back to a known-good state is reinstalling. This is entirely independent of the operating system.
I agree, and much prefer Linux to Windows. The problem is that I use Photoshop with colour management. Whilst Gimp is a fine tool, it's nowhere near PS yet, and AFIK it hasn't got colour management (or even color management ;^) )