What worries me is that I may have worsened the problem by disabling system restore and deleting the malware.trace file i found in the registry using REGEDIT. The file was located in Hkey_currentuser_software_microsoft_searchassistant_Acmru 5603. Aside for safe mode, the computer would still shut off and on ok after i did this. However a couple of days later (today) it would not startup at all in any mode without getting this error message. So right now I cannot give you any malwarebyte logs or anything. I can startup as far as the main computer menu and select debugging, safe mode, etc. but that is it. This malware.trace thing seems to be getting around in your blogs but everyone who has it is getting varying symptoms as well as different removal instructions.
Any ideas or suggestions are appreciated. If i have to remove and reinstall windows, so be it. Everything personal is backed up on disks or flash drives. but i would like too save everything and repare the problem if possible.
Edited by hamluis, 23 August 2010 - 05:47 AM.
Moved from XP forum to Am I Infected ~ Hamluis.