Just a couple of comments.
From what I have seen...it's probably not wise for individual users to look at the malware threads of others...and try to apply the same suggestions/attempts to their own scenarios. There are a multiplicity of malware tools, which are suggested by knowledgeable personnedl in any given situation involving malware...as a specific remedy for a specific situation.
The chances of what worked for one person...being prescribed in a different scenario, possibly by someone else...is a stretch of the imagination, IMO.
Self-help is a good attribute, generally, for all computer users to develop...until it comes to malware (IMO).
Malware is a constantly changing, constantly evolving area...where standard cures are overcome every day by ambitious malware developers.
Rather than have users attempt to resolve these complex situations on their own...I would suggest using the expertise and knowledge of those who are better trained and better educated on the various aspects of malware...to assess the presence and extent of the problem that malware might present on a system for a given user.
In short...if a BC user/member suspects a malware problem...he/she should follow the administrative procedures at BleepingComputer.com - Am I infected What do I do - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/103/am-i-infected-what-do-i-do/
, rather than assume that he/she can eliminate "it" from the system.
One of the biggest errors I feel that users make...is the assumption that there is only 1 thing which must be dealt with...I don't think that premise can be substantiated, considering the amount of malware I believe present every day, every hour, etc.
As a companion to the AII forum, we also have the Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs forum - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/22/virus-trojan-spyware-and-malware-removal-logs/
If you had stated what you have now revealed...originally...I would have just moved your thread to the AII forum. I would have done so because I'd rather err on the side of caution...than have someone think that I'm capable of providing guidance in terms of possible malware scenarios, past or present. I believe that inability to boot into safe mode is one of the symtoms of various malware and I would have wanted someone with knowledge to check it out.
Based on this...I will now move this thread to our Am I Infected forum, where someone can do a better job with your situation...than I can.