First please forgive the format in which this post is written. I'm typing as I'm talking to my dad 1000 miles away.
He had some type of rogue, he can't remember the name exactly (he thinks it was something like Windows XP Virus Scanner). It was the typical fake looking virus scanner.
He went into safemode, ran CCleaner first, then Malwarebytes, it updated then he ran the full scan. Found stuff and removed it. Then then ran combofix, it updated then installed MS Rec Cons, and deleted a bunch of stuff. He wasn't paying attention and doesn't know if combofix rebooted or not. The log popped up, while he was reading the log, the little message box that pops up when you first get into safemode popped up, and when he closed it all he had was a black screen with the safemode word in all 4 corners. He then rebooted into windows, where all that was visible was the wallpaper. The startup sound was a little delayed. And there was no task bar.
He was able to get the taskmanager to pop up. Tried new task, explorer with no results. Was able to locate notepad, pulled up the combofix and malwarebytes log and saved to thumb drive. Emailed me the logs if needed here.
Dell Inspiron 8200
Running Win XP SP3
Any help would be greatly appreciated