Thanks so much for all your help. I greatly appreciate it.
Regarding the current state of the machine, I understand that I should reformat and reinstall my OS. It also may well still be compromised, no?
Also, all the passwords for my banking, websites, ftp accounts and various website accounts that were stored on this machine or stored on shared volumes that this machine had access to are potentially compromised, correct?
This is greatly disappointing. I see that I have many, many hours of work ahead of me.
This is the second time I've had such a situation in the past four months. I'm starting to think I should abandon this operating system. I have always used at least two anti-virus packages for the past few years and I still get infected. It appears that the simple act of visiting a website is enough to completely compromise my machine.
Unfortunately, like a large portion of the computer using public my work requires a lot of web research. I can't just stop visiting new websites.
Do you have any suggestions for avoiding this trial in the future? Should I be looking at non-Windows based solutions?
Your thoughts and input would be greatly appreciated.