Thanks for the Welcome Budapest,
I poked around a bit and found this guide:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic34773.html
of things to do before posting for help.
I enabled email notification, but the rest is too much for me for tonight.
I may just forge ahead with regedit and the list of registry entries without instructions found here:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-remo...ials-alert#keys
I'm not really sure what to do with %UserProfile% files --but I may poke around there in the AM.
this is a Dell Win XP Laptop and it belongs to a different friend than the 72 year old i referred to above..
I have an additional resource here in the form of my 23 year old son who is a comp science college graduate and a part time sys admin for a Technical Highschool. --- He is usually out swinging from trees and vines, but will help when i can pin him down.
Edited by zapfast, 28 September 2010 - 09:19 PM.