I got infected by the command line trojan (as detected by Spybot S&D). Tried to remove it manually from the registry (oops!) then XP refuses to boot in any of the safe modes. I tried to re-install Windows, but after it refuses to let me log on until Windows is activated. My code is "invalid". Here I should explain how I accquired this copy of XP. A friend of mine bought a laptop which came with 2 XP disks, one in English and one in Hebrew. She didn't wan't the English, so I took it and installed it on my own machine. I didn't activate it because I wasn't sure if I could or not, and instead found and installed a patch which has worked till now. When I got the new computer, I did the same thing - installed with the patch. I've even had to re-install Windows on the new computer, but I've never gotten the message that I have "0 days left to activate"
BTW - I managed after re-installing to start in safe mode, and found that the trojan was still there! All of this headache for nothing!
Do I have any option short of buying and installing a new copy of XP?
Sorry about the long post - I appreciate any ideas you might have!