I'm not a newbie. I know quite a bit about computers, software, security, and so forth. But, I only have one brain, I don't know everything, and I have a problem that I have been unable to resolve using conventional means. Before I wipe my system (for the 5th? time) I thought it might be worthwhile to post here and either gain new knowledge or at least obtain some additional thoughts from others that, perhaps, I failed to consider, or forgot, or just plain didn't think of. After all, two brains are better than one, and more brains can't hurt. Simply stated, I was seriously hacked, have reason to believe that I still am, and I have not been able to resolve the 'problem'. I've been through the mill, including paying for assistance, without tangible results. My business was, essentially, destroyed. I'm broke and currently unemployed. So, some options are no longer available, including keeping my AV subscription current. Not that it helped in the first place. And, in fact I am not so certain that it has not actually become part of the problem. The conclusion from the paid support (twice) was that I should contact the FBI. I did but, of course, it was/is a total waste of time and effort. Basically, my own system (XP pro) and its components are being used, or appear to be used, against me (rcbdyctl, conf, nwmb, rasdial, msmsgs, and more) at will. Address one issue, for example, disable calls for remote assist and something else is used. Eventually, discover remote assist is no longer disabled. Or the firewall has been disabled. Or messenger has been reenabled, or the modem was used, or wireless enabled/configured, etcetera. Overall, running in circles. Track one thing, shifts to another. In short, can't trust anything. Including Safe Mode no networking. Symtoms include network activity with no trace, high long-term CPU use with no indication of what is using it, high disk usage with no explanation, event log not logging events, gaps in firewall logs, file accesses where no access should have occured, changes to system settings/registry that should not occur, 10-15 minutes of high I/O and/or network activity while waiting for system shutdown, account lockout, and so forth. At the moment I'm simply looking for input/discussion regarding what else I might try to find the problem before attempting another full, clean, reinstall. Last two times the symptoms began reappearing before I'd even managed to download applicable updates. Haven't been through the full sequence of scans suggested on this forum recently but previous times didn't help and I have little faith that spending the time doing it again at this point will produce any different results. Idea's anyone?