First, you haven't mentioned whether Malwarebytes is still current and if so, does it find anything when run in "normal" Windows..
Next, on a separate "clean" computer, please download the free SuperAntispyware program installer plus its manual updater, then rename both files to something different like gogetum.exe and Gogetumupdater.exe. Once that's done, copy them to a CD or flash drive and transfer them to the problem computer..Run the installer and after installed, run the updater.. Now run a full system scan with SuperAntispyware and delete anything it finds.
SuperAntispyware Manual Updater
In regards to the Display settings and the failure of Safe Mode to function correctly, both are a frequent problems with Antivirus XP 2008 after cleaning it up.. Unfortunately, you didn't tell us whether you are using XP PRO or XP Home.. The fix isslightly different for each version.. (Pro has the Group Policy Editor/gpedit.exe while HOME does not.)
For Windows XP PRO, see the "gpedit.msc" instructions in the lower part of the link below:
Remove Antivirus XP 2008
For example, the Safe Mode problem may reside at the "Administrative Templates-User Configuration-System-Don?t run specified Windows applications" section. Or, try simply opening Registry Editor and check the path below:
Once there, under SafeBoot, you should now see "Minimal" and "Network". If it's not that way, make it so.. Common blockage entries are things such as "Minimal-" and "Network-", respectively.
For Windows XP HOME, there are also options in the Regsitry Editor which might get it done also. See the links below::
Gpedit.msc Isn't Available On XP Home.. Pro Only....
And To Determine More Of Gpedit.msc Registry Edits..
Hope this helps.
I need help! I'm at the end of the road trying to figure my computer out. I know some about computers, but not enough to figure this thing out. I run Anti-Spyware programs fairly regularly (mostly Norton and Ad-Aware, also have Avast and Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware). Lately whenever I try to boot up in Safe Mode to run these programs, I get a blue screen and I can't get anywhere. I can boot up in normal mode just fine, it is only in Safe Mode that it won't work. I've also tried to do System Restore, and each time I do it, it doesn't work. I have XP by the way.
Norton had been finding Antivirus XP 2008 on my computer and I couldn't get it removed. I started reading up on the virus one day, and I changed some of the registry values associated with it. That worked and Norton didn't find it anymore. I also found Microsoft Security Adviser and seemed to get that taken care of as well. However, I'm still having the same problems with Safe Mode. Apparently I didn't get it fully taken care of. I also have a new problem that started after I thought I fixed those things. Any time I try to open a picture file from My Documents, nothing happens. I can't even see thumbnails. My Desktop background is also weird. When I go to the Display options and look at the different choices for backgrounds, they all look weird and some don't even show up at all (just like the picture files). I don't know what is going on and all the programs I have find nothing wrong. I would suspect running in Safe Mode would find something, but I can't get there.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.