From what you describe, I would say you need to disconnect from the internet immediately! Remove your old hard drive and install a new one. Keep your old hard drive around just in case the hacker has done something very malicious from your IP address. That way you can prove you were hacked to authorities if they come knocking on your door.
The problem with advising you is not knowing the skill level of the hacker. If he is a novice or what we call a script kiddie and you haven’t updated your anti-virus in a long time, it could be as simple as that. But on the other hand if he is skilled and really owns your computer, you have no other choice than a complete reinstall of your operating system.
Also, try and think of what you might have done to allow him in. Did you download an attachment in an email? Did you click on a hyper link in an email? Things like that. It’s important to remember so you don’t repeat the same thing with your new installation.
This might seem a little bit more expensive than you might have hoped for, but lets hope this is the worst of it for you. Believe me it can be much worse.
One other thing you might want to do is put a credit alert on your credit report. The 2 worst things hackers are doing when they own a box is to either turn it into a zombie so they can attack or spam other computers or steal peoples personal information such as identity, credit cards , bank account information,etc...
So first step is stay off line until you resolve this.
Last edited by Kev on Mon Feb 26, 2007 7:06 pm, edited 1 time in total.