I ran the RKill (the black box did not flash but stayed).
I ran AdwCleaner (pcmax was not shown anywhere) and that is where Emissoft indicates the medium risk malware is located. I said ok to restart. When it restarted, nothing would come up, said "no signal". I had to unplug to restart. It appeared to boot and came to the window "windows did not" shut down correctly and did I want to start normal or in restore mode. I chose normal. Same thing happened, same actions except this time I chose restore mode.
It ran in this attempted restore mode for for 40 minutes minimum. Nothing happened so I pulled the plug.
A little more history --
I recall reference to the MBR but I cannot say what or when. It was obviously between now and clean install.
I have had numerous BSOD before reinstall and after, including one this afternoon. I shut down and left. When I returned and turned on computer, the normal windows did not shut down and error - go to minidump and ...
I went. Only file in minidump needed a special program to open it. Went to look for other file: c:\users\bouncier\AppData\Local\temp\WER-45037-0.sysdata.xml
There was no such file.
I am running Windows 7 Home Premium, I believe SP1. IE11, and have been so careful since reinstall because I didn't want this to happen again.
I did not download pcmax or speedial, and always uncheck the third party boxes because I don't want this garbage on my system. I make my living online and without computer, I'm done!"File Type Assistant" which also showed up outta nowhere. I deleted this folder with the uninstall in the folder prior to coming to see you this evening.
I removed the speeddial and have tried to remove pcmax but it will not come off!
In response to comments/questions above from you -
My install was from the disk that I used 2 years ago and everything has been perfect until about a month ago when this all started.
I purchased an external harddrive hoping that might help avoid this problem but not so far.
I am on laptop which will suffice for now but...
Any help here? What about Hiren's MBR tool? Anything.
If I have to start over, can you give me guidance about partitioning? so that if something there, it will be locked out.
Maybe I should just get a new HD (pretty spendy huh)? If I do this, will the bug/risk/malware be hiding somewhere other than the HD?
Thank you very much for your help and advice/guidance.