although I haven't gotten to trying safemode, I'm not feeling too hopeful here. the geniuses at HP didn't provide an OS disc to reinitialize things, either and I don't have a vista disc to reinstall that on it... I'm trying to keep it quarantined, it's disconnected from the household network, but I'm paranoid about bringing a flashdrive near it even, since who knows what this villainous infection might do. it kept running a fake windows security center and it's own "AVE.EXE" program, and systematically moved to prevent me from running anything to fight it off. is this sounding like a lost fight which requires taking it into a shop instead of trying to fix it myself? >.< suggestions appreciated greatly.
update: safemode's not helping either. while fewer things are denying me, important stuff is still going "that doesn't exist" and "what do I open this with?" at me.
(clarification: if I try to run various things through the "run" box, I get the "file doesn't exist" errors, while trying to run the same things after going to them in windows explorer recieves the "what do I use to open this?" type stuff.
update2: wonder of wonders, system restore from outside the normal kernel worked. of course, now I've found there's some trojan.hiloti lurking in there. currently siccing MBAM and Avast on it, with a side of SuperAntispyware, but if it doesn't go away from that, there will be HJT logs and such in the appropriate forum.
Edited by ZT-repairseek, 17 March 2010 - 04:00 AM.