Using MSConfig to access (force) safe mode when there is malware on your system could have disastrous results
and render your computer unbootable
. Some types of malware can delete or alter the safeboot key in the registry
resulting in the inability to reboot fully into safe mode or back to normal mode. The Safeboot option modifies the Boot.ini file
and you may be locked in a continuous reboot loop
afterwards where you cannot get back to MSConfig and undo your selection.
Using the Recovery Console as you did is the logical step. For the error you are getting now, see these links:Langa Letter: XP's Little-Known 'Rebuild' Command
- easy fix for "Missing HAL.DLL," "Invalid Boot.Ini," and several other fatal startup errors.How Do I Repair A Missing Or Corrupt HAL.DLL