hi all! i have been reading up on this virus, and actually had someone come over who knows alot about computers to try and get rid of it. i have been told i probably need to reformat the hard drive, or reinstall windows xp. i was wondering if there is a way to get rid of this virus without reformatting or reinstalling the os? i have the free version of avast and it catches the virus, but since its in the boot sector, it wont delete it, since it just shows back up when i go to reboot. grrr. i dont know if this is a bootkit virus or a rootkit and is there a difference?