But whatever this was, it's not apparently connected to the problems plaguing my computer. Mine doesn't have any of the signs of attack that his machine did. He doesn't think anyone's been after it; I'm not so sure. I noticed this morning I was getting a lot of harddrive activity when I wasn't doing anything. WHich went away after I unplugged the cablemodem and rebooted. But I still don't know. Maybe I'm just paranoid.
Upshot: I'm still basically unable to "talk" from home, and I'm not counting on my continued ability to use my machine to scan the net, either. I talked to Lut about possibly re-formatting my harddrive and reinstalling Windoze, but there's no guarantee that'll work, either, since we've no idea what the problem is. At least I've got all my email and writings backed up to CD, as of Sunday evening.
(Gosh, Linux sounds so attractive right now ....)