Posted 21 August 2008 - 08:22 PM
After recently being infected with the malware Antivirus xp 2008, I downloaded and purchased a copy of Spyware Doctor to help clean the infection. After multiple scans and removal of viruses in both normal mode and safe mode, Spyware Doctor SAID the infection was removed, but alas, it popped right back up. I finally decided to manually remove this virus, and I believe I did so successfully.
However, I am now left while multiple other malware such as Microsoft Security Advisor and Sysrest32. In an effort to give Spyware Doctor another chance at these viruses (which for some reason I assumed to be less malicious than antivirus xp 2008) I booted to safe mode and ran Spyware Doctor again. After the scan and removals were finished, I ran CCleaner as well. Not long after that was finished Spyware Doctor prompted a window that said it needed to reboot the system, and did so automatically. Here's were my real problems started...
Now, my computer repeatedly restarts upon boot. The only way I have found to boot into Windows successfully, is to boot from the Windows XP Media Center Edition CD and perform an automatic repair of my current OS. After about an hour I am successfully in Windows. However, if I attempt to restart my comp begins the never ending cycle of repeated restarts again. I believe I have located the vast majority of the current viruses on my comp, but am unable to boot into Safe Mode to remove them because, as I mentioned, any boot of any kind is cut short and my comp restarts before it reaches any resemblance of a logon screen.
I have read many times that reformatting the hard drive should be the very last option to pursue, so I'm hoping to avoid that, but am becoming less and less hopeful. Any ideas?