I am pretty sure I caught the Mebroot root kit last night, or some variant, and potentially some other things, too.
I was working when all of a sudden the machine rebooted, without a blue screen. It did an orderly shut-down and reboot (XP Pro SP III). I did not allow XP to boot back up, but instead booted Knoppicillin from DVD. This is a free Linux with a free version of Kaspersky, Avira Antivir, and BitDefender.
All three ran. pulled the latest signatures from the web, and found only 3 minor issues. One was the Move Networks video player that I need for ESPN360, the other two were 2 scripts in the Temperory Internet folder that my virus scanner had blocked access to anyways, so I don’t think they executed. Continue reading