This is Michael (Awethentic),
I really love these posts and everyone is giving so much to assist others with their problems.
I came here initially because I started getting virus and trojan infections that even MS Security Essentials could not get rid of - I thought I was set for life and would never have to worry about being infected again and that it would always get everything fixed all the time.
NOT SO! Not only did it not get the infections, but it seems because MSSE works at the level of the operation system (so I was told), then if it cannot fix something, it reboots within a minute (NO CHOICE - one minute only, not "do you want to reboot now, or later?"), and not only do you have no time to backup or set a restore point or even close programs down in an orderly fashion, after the reboot, it still cannot repair the problem and so it shuts down AGAIN within a minute (no choice again) and so it goes on its unmerry way and continues in its useless cycle of reboot, no fix, reboot etc ad nauseam.
So, while all this was going on, I had to uninstall MSSE within the minute given (took about 3 tries), take a risk of being exposed while I downloaded and installed the latest AVAST free program and its definitions (this also took about 3 tries in the vicious reboot sequence) and then do a scan. Even though Avast could not get rid of the trojan and virus either, at least it did not reboot every minute, and so I am going through the excellent and very helpful advice at BC topic page http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic458048.html
, modified as appropriate for my situation. I am aware I should not use Combofix unless under the care of an expert, but I am hoping the advice before this step may fix my system before having to resort to that. At least my system is working, even if in a crippled state, and I have been able to at least start my backup (I use the free and excellent Fbackup which backs up to individual files, not to a zip file, so that if any backup file is corrupt, all the others are OK, whereas if the zip backup is corrupt, you lose ALL your files), and my important files have been backed up.
The other great thing is that Avast keeps on putting the virus/trojan it cannot fix into quarantine continually and lets me go ahead with my work. So, I am a little exposed, but at least I can run the ESET program which has found 16 malware files so far (at 11% completion) and hopefully will be able to delete them that not even the Avast aswboot.exe or aswmbr.exe was not able to fix on reboot at the DOS level before Win 7 started.
Here's hoping. So, I am VERY grateful for all the generous advice on here, and am very willing to share my experiences. I am only an intermediate user of PCs, so am no expert or programmer. I live in a refuge on limited finances so I have do fix everything myself - cannot afford to pay someone to do it for me, which I would prefer if I could, as my priorities are elsewhere, like creating large groups of TM meditators to create world peace.
If interested, more info re what I am into is on my FB page at https://www.facebook.com/michael.soos
and stuff re world peace etc is at the following links (I hope it is OK to post these within the T&C of usage of this site?) -
All the best, cheers and enjoy.