My family PC has obviously run into multiple Trojans. A few days ago I was on it, checking my mail and using AIM. AIM suddenly went crazy a black box (reminiscent of MS DOS) popped up and then it started sending IMs to everyone on my buddy list. In sheer panic I turned off my computer as quickly as possible and disconnected my cable modem from my PC.
I have been downloading various programs from my Mac Powerbook and attempting to run them on the PC. McAfee detected the Backdoor Trojan. I have also run the "Trojan Remover" and "The Cleaner". Between the two of them they found multiple instances of Aprpop and Huntbar. What's weird is that I'll run these programs, clean these files, and run them again and they'll come up clean. I'll run them a little later and they'll find more Apropop and Huntbar! This confuses me because I haven't been connected to the Internet since my initial problem. Are they multiplying?
I have seen your page with the recommended course of action. Maybe I'm overly paranoid but my first question is should I continue to download these programs on my Mac, burn them to a disk, run them WITHOUT updating (as I would have to connect the PC to the internet) and work from there? I'm just worried what these things are going to do should I give them the opportunity to plug back into the web.
Please let me know. Personally, I'm all out of ideas and can't even begin to follow some of those complicated expert repair strategies.
Thanks so much for helping me with my problem!