Mod Edit:Moved from XP to the Am I Infected forum... boopme
I caught the "disk antivirus professional" bug on 2-17. It was as described by Mr. Abrams in his front cover article. Fortunately I found this website (chrome wouldn't work, but IE did) and Mr. Abrams described how I could get into safe mode. I was frustrated trying to figure it out and didn't have access to help files.
It worked out that I was able to do a successfull system restore to 2-16 while in safe mode. With the computer freed up, I was then able to do a scan, I used microsoft essentials, that located the offending files. 3 were in the recycle bin and the major one in a restorer file which I guess would be used if I wanted to reverse the restore. I was able to remove them completely then.
My questions are why did safe mode work? And can safe mode be compromised by an attacker?
Edited by boopme, 26 February 2013 - 10:33 AM.