@XORMeBaby: I am a little paranoid. Whoever I'm dealing with may seem like a complete amateur to this crowd, but I can admit they've outclassed me from a technological standpoint.
Right now I'm using Avast!, Malwarebytes, and Superantispyware. Are these ok? Or would you still say I need AVG?
@sanddbox: I ran full scans with all of the programs above. To date they've never found anything. 1 or 2 alerts from avast while online, but never any known infections.
Honestly, I'm pretty sure I did get rid of it when I restored my laptop. The big mystery for me was where my skiddie attacked from. I think I waltzed right back into the same situation somehow. If there are common attack methods beyond infected E-mails, I'd really like to know.
I'm operating under the suspicion (Read: Paranoia) that they have my MAC/IP addresses (assuming that's even relevant in this situation).
@mRmasteRful: No worries. I even had to laugh at myself, reading over the way that post came across.
Only explaining half of the story doesn't really help you guys, or me for that matter.
My skiddie is either a debt collector, or is working on behalf of a debt collector.
I've been accused of "stealing" the money I haven't payed back yet. Which I guess is how he/they justify breaking & entering, and damaging my property for the sake of "keeping tabs on me".
They can't REPO me because I've really got nothing to repossess
As you can imagine, breaking into someone's apartment, damaging their property, and threatening them over the phone are not things a debt collector can do legally.
I'm not trying to bore you guys with my life story here. It's just a very long story of who gave me the RAT, and why they would do so (to monitor me).
I would just like to know how to avoid RATs, from a group of people who would know.