Upon booting up, I hit [F8] then selected the option to run in Safe Mode with Command Line. Then typed: "chkdsk C:/r" within DOS. Then I answered "Y" for Yes to run chkdsk on startup, rebooted and now I'm stuck in a loop and cannot do anything else.
Prior to that I did have the option to reset to default condition, but I didn't want to wipeout anything. Now I'm dead in the water so to speak.
Just prior to that I created an Administrator Password (for the first time). I had also attempted to purge Rogue Malware (Smart Engine) with SAS the previous day, but was only able to detect 4 Adware cookies, which were removed. My wife did tell me that she had earlier deleted a file containing the word "sonic", possibly an .exe file, as I had told her of my suspicion that we may also have a worm. We did not have the anti-virus software box checked since day 1, as we thought we were getting regular updates for Microsoft, and I had the free version of SAS loaded at start-up, however, I just found out that Microsoft had quit sending such updates to Windows XP service pack 2 customers since July of this year (2010). Also the previous day, within safe mode I was getting redirected to the German version of Google, and it had set my country of origin as Germany, which is not where I had set it.
So now all I can do is hit [F2] & [F12], which gets me nowhere. Am I now forced to buy a new PC or is this recoverable? I sure don't know how.
Edited by hamluis, 26 November 2010 - 10:33 AM.
Moved from XP to AII, on Unbootable List ~ Hamluis.