I have run a multitude of virus scans in safe mode and from another partition (Malwarebytes AM and Anti rootkit, avg rescue, superantispyware, clamwin, Hitman pro, and a couple others).
I fixed everything that popped up and my infected Windows 8.1 machine can get passed the lockscreen fine, but it seems like the explorer.exe hangs (I don't know for a fact but it seems to be that kind of behavior). Any new function, such as right clicking takes about 4 min to pop up, and eventually, I can run programs. However, if I start doing multiple processes at once, it freezes.
It does not have the same behavior in safe mode. In safe mode, I could not find anything odd sounding in the processes list, and no, I don't have too many startup items.
Before some fixes, it would just freeze and tell me explorer.exe was having issues.
Anything I can do besides wipe? I don't have access to the key I used to register.