One note on combofix: I think the Gmer module may have failed to run because i got an error during that part of the process. it was a long night so I didn't record the error.
When I try to install either AVG 9 paid version or NOD32 the install fails when it gets to the "starting services" area and an error box appears saying that the service failed to start. I disabled UAC and ran the installs as an administrator but the installs still proceed. After each failure I have used uninstall tools to scour the system for traces of the failed install. [I have NOD32 running well on my personal Windows 7 pro system and it installed without a hitch, so I know it's compatible.]
I have been a NOD32 reseller for about 8 years but have never observed anything like this. I'm thinking something is still there, like a rootkit but am unsure how to proceed. My thought was a boot CD or perhaps scanning the drive with an external computer. After that, my only option is backing up and using factory restore. Thanks in advance for helpful suggestions!
Edited by bicycle.minden, 27 February 2010 - 10:19 AM.