Very frustrating: virus, or hardware failure?

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I've never seen anything like this. I'm getting paranoid that my machine has a personal, vile hatred for me. Here is the story:

I'm on a wireless network at my apartment complex. Norton recently told me that I had a virus -- gaobot.SY. I ran the removal tool and it couldn't detect it. BUT, I started experiencing peculiar symptoms since then:

First, Norton tries to load on startup (like it's supposed to), but LiveUpdate is disabled, and if I try to open Norton, the process gets killed in 1-20 seconds. I made the mistake of doing a full CD-R backup and a destructive reformat (using my Compaq system restore CDs). So, my OS and AV are back in the dark ages. I reconnected to my ISP's network to log on. I wanted to patch my OS and update my virus defs. I guess I'll never know if I got reinfected, because how would my immature Norton detect it? But Norton still won't stay open for more than a few seconds. Even more frustrating, when I go to Windows Update to try to download the first critical update (SP1), WU opens a window where I'm supposed to choose whether I want to archive my current system files incase I want to uninstall SP1, blah blah blah...well, that window gets killed after a few seconds, and I'm immediately told that SP1 was installed correctly. BUT, if I visit the WU site again, it's listed as an uninstalled update.

Before the update, I'd been getting messages that "NT AUTHORITY IS CAUSING A SYSTEM SHUTDOWN." Apparently, this is a problem common to virii that exploit the same vulnerability as Gaobot. What the hell do I do? I can't patch my OS or update my AV. Should I just throw out my computer and get a Palm Pilot? :confused:
 

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UPDATE

I ran Trend Micro's HouseCall and found someone running an IRC server on my computer. I think TM calls it BKDOOR SDBOT.GEN. The process is ccpwdpro.exe, and it only shows up in a third party task monitor. If I try to kill it, it just rebuilds itself. It's probably what's preventing me from using Norton or Windows Update.

I have one idea to fix this, but it's kinda drastic and I'd like some other ideas. The only thing I can think of is to do another reformat. This time, though, I'm gonna have to take my computer to my friend's place to get NAV and update my OS. Otherwise, the worm would find me on my apartment's network again.

Any ideas?
 
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