Wow! What a major project this is turning out to be ... and thank you for your patience!
(By the way, I called PayPal again today to verify that indeed someone did access my account since I was beginning to wonder if I had just got bad information from them, but they do have my logged access dates and times - when I was nowhere near a computer and, in fact, my computer was actually unplugged. My password could only have been stolen from my computer - nowhere else.) Okay - trying to prove that I'm not just a total idiot!
First of all, I had terrific difficulty booting into Safe Mode (using F8). I'm going to give you all this information because I don't know what's relevant.
When I tried to go to SafeMode I got a black screen but instead of the usual safemode I got a dos-type display (like a dir/p) of
Multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\windows\System32\drivers\xxxxx.sys ... (xxxxx being the various drivers, I guess). Oh, and the printer started up - didn't expect that in safemode.
Kept rebooting and trying F8 and sometimes I got a black screen which then went to the blue XP screen with the following:
checking file system C
The type of the file system is NTFS
Cannot (I've forgotten the words ... read the disk???)
Windows has finished checking the disk
FINALLY I was able to go to F8 and I did as you instructed and when I got to running SAS I got the following message during the scan: The file or directory/Documents and Settings\Owner\Local Settings\Temporary Intrnet Files\Content.IE5\Z27PRQEW\BTN_HO~1.GIF is corrupt and unreadable. Please run the Chkdsk utility. I am unable to run the Chkdsk utility because I wants me to defragment first and I can't defragment because my file system is now NTFS.
Okay - here is the SAS log:
SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Loghttp://www.superantispyware.com
Generated 01/30/2009 at 09:48 PM
Application Version : 4.25.1012
Core Rules Database Version : 3737
Trace Rules Database Version: 1706
Scan type : Complete Scan
Total Scan Time : 02:12:33
Memory items scanned : 247
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 7703
Registry threats detected : 0
File items scanned : 197367
File threats detected : 0
You can't read the desperation I'm feeling ... but I'm grateful for your help ...