original title: Vista won't boot - have tried everything!
A few days ago, a spyware program called "antivirus soft" was downloaded into my computer. I couldn't open any programs or files without a window popping up saying my computer was infected, and there was no way to exit it. I downloaded "Malwarebytes Anti-malware" program and did a quick scan. It found a threat and I deleted it. After restarting my computer, it only took a few minutes for "antivirus soft" to show up again.
I ran Malwarebytes again and this time did a full scan. It found 5-6 threats and I deleted them all. After restarting however, my whole layout was all screwed up. There were a bunch of missing files and programs, and the theme looked like Windows 98! So I restarted again and went into safe mode. In safe mode, all my files and programs were still there and it looked normal. I did another scan with Malwarebytes (in safe mode) and it found another threat, which I deleted.
This time when I restarted, the computer went straight to a black screen that said the following:Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause.
To fix the problem:
1. Insert your Windows installation disc and restart the computer.
2. Choose your language settings and click next.
3. Click "repair your computer"
It also gives me the following options:
4. Safe Mode
5. Safe Mode with networking
6. Safe Mode with Command Prompt
7. Last known good configuration
8. Start Windows normally
When I go into any of the safe modes, it just leads to another black screen saying there's an error. When I choose "last known config" or "start normally", it leads to a blue screen with a bunch of text (I'm not with my computer right now so I don't know what it says) and I can't do anything except shut down.
I don't have a recovery disc, so I downloaded one and burnt it to a CD. I managed to get it working, but none of the options seem to work. When I try the repair option, it finds no errors. I can't restore to an earlier point because it says there are no earlier restore points. I can't do a complete restore either. The diagnostics tool doesn't seem to do anything.
I heard someone suggest the bootrec.exe tool on another forum, so I tried everything with that and it still didn't do anything.
Nothing seems to work. Help!