Funny stuff. Just moved back to school. My housemate started having problems with his windows 2000 NT computer. It looked to be a virus, and since he didn't have any antivirus software installed at the time, he got a copy of something (can't remember what, possibly Mcaffe sp?). However, he couldn't get rid of running processes, and so stuff kept popping up. So we checked the process viewer (his computer would halt somewhere between login and starting user processes (desktop appeared and nothing else)) and found a process running 80 - 90% cpu time, name winaii.exe. Now when messing with programs on your computer that you don't know much about, you obviously want to have a vague idea of what it might be doing so you don't mess yourself up good. This one didn't seem to be a core file so he renamed it in safe mode to see if the problem persisted. It helped somewhat, but not a lot. The good part, after getting fed up with all that headache, he started deleting programs that he thought were suspicious without second thought, one of them called ntoskrnl.exe. yup folks, he got the main virus itself, the NT kernel. And so, it seems the best way to deal with viruses on windows is to get rid of windows. So very appropriate.