The computer would not boot to Safe Mode or any other choice (last known good configuration, etc) After that message and researching the problem on another computer I copied the csrss and winlogon files to a floppy and added them to the infected computer. This allowed me to boot to the desktop but there is no start bar or icons - just the background picture. The only way to access anything is through the task manager.
I have scanned the computer using Malwarebytes, AVG 9.0, Spybot, ccCleaner and no infection is found. I did scan with Kapersky online scanner before I realized it would not remove anything found on your computer. The following 4 infections were found but I don't know how or if I should remove them...
C:\Documents and Settings\owner\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\2QC3XFLI\stpf555a.txt
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\searchplugins\google_search.xml
I tried repair through a windows disk according to Fred Langas instructions on the InformationWeek website. The XP disk used was not the same version as the infected computer as it was the only one available. Doing that got me to the command prompt so I could add the missing files as stated above. That got me to the no start bar, no icons on desktop situation I'm in now.
The only way to access the internet is through Firefox which was already on this computer. When I try to open IE from the task manager I get this error message - Windows cannot find explorer.exe make sure you typed the path correctly, etc.
Last night I ran HijackThis. I have the report but not sure if I should post here as of yet and I'm not sure how to do that other than copy/paste.
Sorry this is a long post, but I wanted to include all the information anyone might need to help. I would really appreciate any help given as I am not all that computer literate and am one step from taking it to the shop.
Thank You in advance to anyone who wants to tackle this one.
Edited by hamluis, 17 September 2010 - 02:40 PM.
Moved from XP forum to Am I Infected ~ Hamluis.