FWIW: I really don't believe that many users are capable of self-removal of some malware items from their systems. IMO, users focus on malware as if there is only 1 offending item involved, when there are often multiple offenders on the system. I also believe that too many users think that one "magic bullet" suffices to ensure that the system malware problems are gone.
The intent of the OP to post feedback on what worked in his situation...is commendable. Positive feedback is always potentially useful to some one of us out here who have to deal with the daily threats posed by malware.
But I don't believe that such a "cure" for his situation...should be posted in the XP forum, a forum that is not dedicated
to dealing with malware situations
and does not (willingly) contend with such with any degree of expertise or definitive knowledge required (IMO).
Sooo...my advice to anyone who has a serious malware problem, as opposed to O/S or hardware or software issues...is to take advantage of the personnel who daily provide support, guidance, and knowledgeable suggestions in the two following BC forums:
BleepingComputer.com - Am I infected What do I do - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/103/am-i-infected-what-do-i-do/
BleepingComputer.com - Virus, Trojan, Spyware, & Malware Removal - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/22/virus-trojan-spyware-and-malware-removal-logs/
Just my opinion.