Posted 21 April 2010 - 08:17 PM
I suppose you mean the "issue" with svchost.exe is "toast"...not the file itself, as it is a necessary and vital Windows core file. McAfee removing it as a false positive explains pretty well why the reboot loop.
To address your question regarding "SearchAssist"...From your description of events, it sounds like you may have tried while in safe mode to uninstall "SearchAssist". Although there are registry tweaks you can perform that would allow this, normally a user would not have access to the windows installer file in safe mode to either install or uninstall.
This may explain your inability to uninstall in safe mode...on the other hand, it also sounds like the program is already gone. If Windows advised that it appears the program is not installed and asks if you want to remove it from add/remove programs listing then it is quite possible you either already removed it or perhaps some security application you have may have done so.
Quite often, authors of "not so good" software, such as SearchAssist, don't really take the time to write an excellent piece of work. As such, when trying to uninstall these programs one finds remnants left behind. You can verify this by navigating the program files tree.
Click start-->All Programs...do you see it there? If not, scroll up to Accessories-->Windows Explorer. From there, click My Computer-->your local drive where windows resides-->Program Files. When the Program Files folder opens, look down the list of installed programs for a folder with that program name. If it is there, Click on the folder then look to the right pane. Post back to let us know what is inside that folder. Thanks!