that all that remains is a clean install of Windows XP from the CD. Or restoring your latest image, if you have such. It's always a pity if that's necessary, but sometimes it really is.
Last resource but one: MBAM in Safe Mode, installed from a USB-stick or CD-ROM in the same Safe Mode.
Last resource: system restore from safe mode in command prompt: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/304449
Please tell about failure or success.
Consider waiting till October 22 and install Windows 7? That's another clean install saved.
Best of luck.
I was on my computer last night when I started getin all these pop-ups, telling me to update my anti-virus software. Telling me my computer was in imediate danger and my this and that was out of date, etc... One of these times I must have clicked ok for this thing to "scan" my hardrive, and now I've got a whole mess of problems- First, I can't run a system restore because it says it's been turned off and has to be turned on by an administrator. When I looked for this problem online I found, when trying to correct it, that I can no longer change this because the tab for system restore setup has vanished from the computer >right-click> properties screen off the start menu. I'm constantly getting pop-ups from icons on the taskbar that were NOT there 24 hours ago, telling me to "Click here for updates" blah, blah, blah. To make matters worse, the one icon I've known that is related to security, McAfee Security, that i've had as long as the computer, can't run it's scan because of some more administator b.s., telling me I'm not authorized. Another on-line forum said, for purpose of logging in as administrator, to run the file REGKEY.EXE, and when I tried to do so, guess what? I DIDN'T HAVE THE PROPPER ACCESS!
One othe thing, and I don't know if it's related, but anytime I've done a search on google since this started any link off the search results page will bring me to a completely different page than the one I wanted, mostly sites with nothing but ads. I far as I can tell I seem to be up poop creek with out a paddle, and I'm not a good swimmer. More than anything else I would like to be able to run the system restore and see how it goes from there.
A big thank you to any and all for taking the time to read this and for any help offered by you all