I have a Sony VAIO laptop that seems to have gotten some form of malware or virus on it. The machine specs are:
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit, Intel i5, 6 GB RAM.
The problem I am seeing is when I boot up the laptop and it gets to the starting windows screen with the blurred windows logo. Then the screen goes black. There is still hard drive activity and I hear the Windows start up chime but the screen remains black. I've let it run for up to 20 minutes but even though it shows hard drive activity the screen stays black. There are no error messages.
I can boot into safe mode and safe mode with networking, which I did and looked for unusual programs. I found ScorpionSaver Services and found a removal tutorial on your site via a Google search. I tried the steps in safe mode and things seemed to work but even though Malwarebytes found a lot of stuff (which I removed) I still could not boot into windows and ScorpionSaver Services is still there.
I don't know if this is related or if it is a different issue but I will mention it here just in case it is helpful. It appears that there is a browser hijack going on too because even in safe mode with networking I cannot navigate away from search.conduit.com.
I am pretty much stuck. In the past I have had to work my way through one of those Ransomware attacks on a friend's computer and thought this might be similar so I ran Windows Defender Offline but that did nothing.
Anything you could offer would be helpful. Thanks.