Hi,[QUOTE=armchair boogie;2407828]Thanks for the speedy replies.
So, Michael, according to the link “flatten and rebuild” is my only good option? [/quote]If you want a system you can trust, then yes.
The article addresses a system hacked from lack of patches. As far as I know, my system’s security has always been kept up-to-date.
But it failed to prevent you from installing this rootkit. And rootkits are most evil.
The most powerful method to prevent unwanted installation of crapware is using a non-administrative account. More effective than any “security software” you can buy.
I will try to find the culprit with a few other anti-vir apps and report back. I’d hate to do a complete wipe of my system.
In the meantime, this rootkit could have downloaded more malicious payload. Perhaps something is already sitting in the background (hidden by the rootkit) trying to capture your banking account data or credit card information in order to transmit them to criminals sitting at the other end of the planet.
It’s your decision what to do, but keep in mind this article applies to your situation also.
And if you had a image backup of a clean installation, you’d have it restored within 30 minutes