Here's my issue. Whenever I try to boot my computer normally, it will automatically ask me for the password for the Administrator account. This isn't my usual account. Upon entering the password, it will take about two minutes to display the desktop background with no icons or toolbar. It had been getting slower and slower before reaching this point, and for some strange reason it automatically opened my My Documents folder as soon as I logged in. (It still opens this folder as soon as I log in with safe mode.)
I can only get online by booting into Safe Mode with Networking. I've attempted to run Ad-Aware, Malware Bytes and Avast! while in Safe Mode then boot back up. All three found threats and removed most of them, but Avast! and MBAM both run into a file labeled
"c:\windows\system32\ihfzbfow.dll" that cannot be quarantined or deleted.
I've updated both MBAM and Avast!, but Ad-Aware will not allow me to update at all. I get a message that says "System error: 1814 has occurred. Description: Could not login to service. Are you running this application as another user?Application terminates"
I also tried a boot time scan with Avast!, but it doesn't actually scan. The message pops up saying it's about to, but it automatically goes to the logon screen for the administrator with 0 files scanned.
At this point, I've used msconfig to just have the computer automatically start in Safe Mode with Networking since I get frozen otherwise. I also noticed the file "ISMModule4.exe" showing up in my startup files after using msconfig. I removed the check mark and ran autoruns. I didn't see the file there, but I did remove a few others labeled as malware or unnecessary. but I'm out of ideas what to do from here.
Here's the computer info:
Intel Celeron processor
192 MB of RAM
Windows XP Professional Version 2002
There is no SP2 or 3 and I can't upgrade, it said the key was already in use and sadly I can't afford to buy the OS. (If I had $200 to buy the disks I'd just get a new computer with it preinstalled
). Can I still save it?