Posted 28 July 2010 - 11:36 PM
I'll begin by saying I did something I know I shouldn't have done. I ran ComboFix unsupervised. Over the past couple of months I've been getting a ton of those scareware "Anti Virus 2010" things so often, that I've simply been running ComboFix immediately and have had no problems. I've done this close to a dozen times now.
Unfortunately now it seems this has caught up to me. In the most recent case I had scareware and something redirecting my Google searches. I ran ComboFix and after the last stage, Combofix was about to reboot the machine and gave a warning message about something being wrong with winlogon.exe but I can't remember exactly what it said. After the reboot, I got a c000021a fatal error BSOD. I can't log into Windows in safe mode either.
I tried booting from my Windows CD to run a Windows repair (which I've never run before) but I can't seem to get this to work, either. The BSOD comes up before I have a chance to run the repair. I'm not sure if I'm missing a step here.
I know I made a hell of a mess here. Is there anything that can be done or is the PC toast? I've been looking to upgrade anyway due to the hardware issues I've been having (it's a laptop) so I was wondering if there is a way I could save some of my data off of there.
Any help would be appreciated. My OS is Windows XP Pro.