OK, well I made some progress since your last post. I went through the links you gave me and tried to download every
one with the following results:
I was able to download Dr.Web CureIt, System Cleaner, AVG vcleaner, Trojan Hunter and Stinger:
-Dr.Web CureIt did find something the first time I ran it. However, I forgot to write it down. Sorry. Nothing was found on a subsequent scan with Dr.Web CureIt.
-On the first attempt at downloading System Cleaner it told me I had insufficient memory. I tried downloading it again and got it to run. It found, but failed to clean the PE_MAGISTR.DAM virus located in several areas of my computer.
-AVG vcleaner was very busy removing WIN32.Magistr.24876.
-Trojan Hunter found, or at least alerted me of, a possible problem with VSHWIN32EXE. It did read that no trojans were detected.
-Stinger came up with no detections.
I was not able to utilize the Norman Malware Cleaner or Superantispyware.
Some problems I was previously experiencing have disappeared:
-I can now start up in safe mode WITH icons AND a taskbar.
-Regular booting never
gets "hung up" at certain points which usually would have normally required a CTRL+ALT+DEL shutdown.
However new issues have arose and old issues are still present, which include, but not limited to:
-Numerous Internet Explorer Script errors.
-Unable to access certain websites......Windows Update with a redirect to http://windows.mocrosoft.com/isapi/redir.d...D=windowsupdate
-Still cannot access the DDS program at step 6 of http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/34773/preparation-guide-for-use-before-using-malware-removal-tools-and-requesting-help/
(Post 2) or RSIT or runscanner.zip (both Post 8).
-Again, I will gladly
list them all if you really need to know.
To close, I was not able to use your last link to attain a regular HJT scan. I tried each individual download, Download HijackThis Installer, Download HijackThis Zip, Download HijackThis Executable, all with the same error message that read Error Starting Program, A required .DLL file, MSVBVM60.DLL, was not found.
As you've noticed I'm willing to try anything to troubleshoot, within my capabilities. I also know that sometimes it may just not be possible to correct everything wrong with such an old system without actually spending some money to upgrade it. If it gets to that point, let me know. I trust your judgment.