My first post to this listserve, and thank you for sharing time/expertise to help others.
I found this listserve when reading posts, on Malwarebites about similar problem (same problem?) I am having, to wit:
-Have Toshiba laptop (circa 2008 or so) (sans battery, but with power cord) running Vista - and I assume is a 32bit os, but not sure on that point (Made my assumption during a "tour" of safe mode when I saw reference to "system32").
-The problem started when I used the recovery disk from Toshiba to do a clean install. After running the clean install disk, the computer (on its own) started downloading updates from Microsoft - I believe I recalled seeing a screen at one point showing "...installing update 4 of [in the 90s]..."
-At some later time, I saw screen show message similar to "... don't turn off computer..." - but that message stayed on for more than 24 hours, and thinking it was stuck, I did turn off machine and then restarted, which resulted in a screen showing the "... configuring updates..." message - which nevers goes away.
-I then went searching for fix. Found Malwarbites and read posts from Maurice trying to help someone with similar problem, then found a February 13, 2013, post from Maurice on BleepingComputer to Sheila, on similar problem, suggesting a fix involving use of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool - and so I did download that Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (downloaded on a different computer) onto a thumbdrive and ran that scan tool on the Toshiba - and I have a copy of the scan, but don't know where to go from here.
In case someone is interested in reading that scan and perhaps offering assistance (and hasn't fallen asleep reading this long-winded post), I am pasting the scan report under my signature.
Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) (x86) Version: 22-02-2014
Mod Edit: Removed malware log data, not allowed/used in this forum, see No DDS, HijackThis, or ComboFix logs, Vista - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/forum-72/announcement-45-no-dds-hijackthis-or-combofix-logs-should-be-posted-in-this-forum/ - Hamluis.
Edited by hamluis, 22 February 2014 - 12:54 PM.