Saturday 1/16/10 while running MS outlook I received the pop up message ‘Internet Security 2010’’ stating my computer has been infected with several viruses. Looking like a hoax I attempted to shut off the program by clicking the “X” in the upper right screen. This occurred before last week and I was able to turn it off.
This time I left the screen up and shut off the PC. I rebooted in save mode with networking and ran spybot. After updating Spybot detected about 6-7 viruses the first pass and 4-5 on the second pass. After the third pass it showed no infections.
Now my PC will not logon and display the normal desktop.
When clicking on any User in welcome screen (Normal Mode and Safe Mode) the system displays the user's desktop screen without icons. Shortly after the welcome screen appears with the text "Logging off..."
There appears to be a missing hook in the algorithm that would normally guide the program to a normal the logon.
I cannot log onto the command prompt in safe mode.
I can access the XP system through the LAN and view files and directories that are marked share.
I found the following directory “Windows XP Setup Disks” and ran the following file “winxpsp1_en_hom_bf.exe”. The file opened the following window “Windows XP Home edition SP1 CD boot floppies” and guided me to making 6 floppy disks.
Booting the system from these floppies put me into a command prompt that allow me to see files on the “A” floppy drive only.