In the process I also gained a very nice package of Worms and Trojans!
I do have a regularly updated virus programme - Spyware Doctor - which I assumed would catch these, but of course it didn't!
I have managed to remove possibly 90% of said nastie's by using a-squared Free which I heartily recommend to everybody, it certainly found a whole heap of stuff that was in my drives and backup discs.
I have attempted to get the system back to normal by updating all the system drivers, uninstalled all unwanted programmes using Revo Uninstall, the registry is cleaned everyday with Uniblue Registry Booster and I have also used Spotmau to sort out junk files and the like.
The computer runs without any problems, that is to say that I am typing this in browser and when I press the go button I'm sure that you will get it, also programmes seem to be running as they should.
BUT, [there's always a but isn't there?] the computer is slow, especially when multi-tasking, even if I close all background programmes like browser and mail it doesn't seem to make any difference.
I have also lost right click / drag and drop on the desktop, I can't for instance re-arrange the start menu or sort by name.
Also, and this has been since before the attack, Computer hangs on boot-up when it gets to DMI Pool Data, I have to press F1 to get it to continue.
Can anybody help with these initial problems? I'm sure to find more but one step at a time.