I am a new member to this forum, and this is my first-ever posting, thanks to a friend
letting me borrow his computer.
About four days ago, my laptop computer was infected with some rogue spyware named Antivirus 2008,
which lists false detections of files named "spyware.iemonster.b, zlob.PornAdvertiser.xp;isit, and
I went on the internet and researched some possible removal techniques, but this Spyware prohibited
me from attempting some of the suggestions, such as booting the computer in "Safe Mode With Networking" or
even regular "Safe Mode."
Also, this villainous software removed all my Windows System Restore Points, so I could not use this feature
of Windows XP Home, which is the software I am running on the laptop.
And while I was able to access the desktop and go on the internet, early on, shortly after trying some of the
suggested cures, my computer started booting itself off before Windows XP loads. Thus, this bug has embedded
itself further and further into my system.
Most of my files (documents, photos, etc.) were intact before the problem manifested itself into its current dire state of
affairs, and I am hoping someone may be able to answer as follows:
1. Is there any way I can access the files on my computer, now that I am unable to load
Windows before my computer shuts itself off?
2. Is it possible to run "Hijack This" from a CD, if I access the BIOS mode and change the
boot order to "Boot From CD ROM?
3. Are my options limited to having to re-format the entire hard drive, as loading the Windows t XP
installation disk's Recovery Console is also thwarted by the code of this nasty spyware?
4. Is it possible that a computer expert could create an executable program that could be burned
on to cd, which when booting up the computer, could remove the malicious code and allow me
to return to a previous state in which the device was working fine?
5. If so to question number four, would I then be able to access System Restore in order to select
a restore point? (I need to do this, as my entire Itunes library was missing, among other things)
In closing, thank you for reading this, and for any information or advice that could help me from turning my Sony Vaio
into a paperweight, and causing me to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge. (Yes, the frustration level is so high that I'm
already planning my own demise if this problem can't be resolved. Ha Ha!)