| The SMART.HDD popups began a few nights ago. I did online research with another computer, decided to do a wipe. Wiped, re-formatted the two largest partitions (two tiny ones were not formatted). Re-installed XP Pro from original disk, installed SP2 and SP3 from disk and wifi was turned off through all that. Downloaded MSE and it immediately found Trojan:DOS/Alureon.E and says it CANNOT do anything about it. Also, MSE keeps saying I have to reboot (constantly) but when I did the first time, MSE came up turned off. So I suspect the reboot msg. isn't coming from MSE. Wifi is turned off but another Alureon just poped up, so it's not from the internet any more.|
Laptop is a Dell Inspiron 600m. It's been a good little workhorse but is 9 years old. Advice? We're not broke so a new laptop is our first option. If we replace this, should we trash it? Don't want anything to migrate over to a new one.
As an asside: what good is MSE if it finds but cannot do anything about trojans?