Without the task bar, there's no "start" button to click, and pressing the windows key doesn't bring up the start button either, so I can't even get a command prompt so I can abort the shutdown. Nothing works right--if you click the IE icon, it opens for a second and then immediately closes and then the shutdown window comes up saying its shutting down in 59 seconds. I can boot in "safe mode w/command prompt" and do a regedit, but if I boot in "safe mode" or "safe mode with networking", I can't do much. I've tried everything I can think of. Using the recovery console, I've copied the userinit.exe to wsaupdater.exe to see if that takes care of the login/logout loop problem, but it didn't. I checked Panda's website to see if there was a FAQ about this problem and I didn't see one. I'm assuming the system was infected with a worm before Panda was installed and now Panda and the worm are fighting it out. I checked the processes in Task Manager but I don't see anything that strikes me as unusual.
Because of the time crunch to get this working, I could really use your help. He does have his original Dell XP disk and I've been thinking about trying the Repair process, but I just want to make sure I'm not going to lose any of his settings or data. I know if he takes this to the local repair shop, they are just going to recommend a reinstall.
His system doesn't have HJT on it. I've got it on a USB key, but he doesn't have "My computer" on his desktop and I can't get the taskbar, so I can't get to windows explorer to even try to copy the program in. I brought the system home to work on tonight so it's not connected to the internet right now. I'm not sure if he has all of the current patches on the system or not and I can't check anything because it won't stay up long enough!
Any suggestions about how I can get the login problem, the taskbar problem and the reboot problem fixed? If I can get it to run normally, I can at least run Ad-aware and the other programs to clean up the system, but I'm kind of stuck right now. Thanks for your help!!!