After trying to rip a video, I was alerted by the antivirus screen saying I had a thousand something virus threats. I thought it was fishy, so I just closed the window. Then it started popping up again and my desktop wallpaper was turned blue saying warning spyware detected. I looked up anti-virus xp 2008 on a different computer and realized it was a spyware trojan. So I tried to get rid of it myself by looking up how-tos. (I found the bleeping computer instructions to use MBAM sort of late so I didn't do it that way.) I first used spybot search and destroy which identified the malware but couldn't remove it. Then (following instructions I found on a forum...)I used ATF Cleaner, Smitfraudfix, VundoFix, and finally SuperAntiSypware. The SuperAntiSpyware program scanned my entire system and found all the anti-virus xp files. I made sure all the boxes were checked and pressed the delete/fix (not sure exactly) button. Finally it said I had to reboot as a final step.
I thought I had fixed the computer but when it went to the log in screen I couldn't log in! I type in the password... it says "loading personal settings" and goes to a blank blue screen then logs out saying "saving settings" back to the log-in screen. I tried loading the computer in safe mode, and this time an "Administrator" account was an option, but when I clicked that it also just starts to load then logs out. So basically I'm locked out of my system (windows xp home edition).
What should I do? Is it possible I deleted a startup file by mistake, and in that case should I reinstall xp? I have a lot of important files on the hard drive so I'm really worried Any help would be appreciated, thanks!
Edited by karin_, 10 August 2008 - 09:49 PM.