I got to working on my friend's machine, because it was running so slow. I finally concluded that I needed to reinstall. After doing the reinstall, the system was REALLY slow. After doing all the updates, it just kept getting slow and slower and slower, till Finally, i decided to scan it, and guess what? I found trojans, worms and virus's. This machine has NOT been on the internet other than to get the M$ updates. And it has been behind a firewall.
Instead of going through a whole Hoohaw about what led up to this final event, but after determining that something other than a network invasion had occured, i decided to scan the Compaq OEM (Commercially pressed!!!) Restore CDs, and surprise surprise! Worms were on the installer discs!!!
These are NOT burned discs. These are the discs that ship with the machine to do a recovery and are professional reinstall discs for the system.
I went from one nightmare, to another, with no way out. I also tried to do the install with as few discs as possible, and now that I am inthe environment (hasn't been plugged into the network, all tools were transfered on a cd that was made with my iBook, so they are clean) i found about 70 Alexa related spyware, TON'S of XXX Related Bots, and about 20 Trojans/Worms/Virus's so far. This machine has NOT been on the network this install. So, i have discs for the reinstall that are infected.
Not sure what to do, but this system is an early generation Pentium 4 model, and it so old, the discs don't even have SP 1 for XP Home.
I need to know what to do here if Compaq doesn't send me discs for this...
Anyone got ideas?