Thank you for the wonderful service you provide, first off. I have referred to your forums many times in the past to resolve my computing issues. You are the best of the best.
Unfortunately, my father recently contracted some nasty unknown malware. First, there were pop-ups in Internet Explorer, which froze his system. He then powered down the computer and restarted it to find that it could not reboot into windows (XP, home, service pack 2) normally. It will boot in safe mode (with networking), but it cannot connect to the internet.
There are other wrenches in the gears... I tried to install Malwarebytes via a thumb drive, only to find that upon installation, the .exe file had been deleted! The same goes for Avast. I run the install from the thumb drive, but the .exe files are missing.
I then installed these programs on my laptop, copied the .exe files to the thumb drive, and attempted to copy and paste them into the program files to run them... but discovered that I cannot drag-and-drop or copy-paste anything from the thumb drive to the computer (even in safe mode)! I then tried burning the .exe's to a CD and the same thing happened! Arrrgh!
At that point, I was stumped. I have never manually-deleted malware; I have always relied on MalwareBytes. This is beyond my very limited skill.
System restore is disabled. He doesn't have his original XP disc, either. Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi... you're my only hope.
I just ran HijackThis, and the log is attached... Thank you all for your expertise!