My desktop computer was running sluggish,so I looked in task manager and found that several processes were taking lots of memory.They include: msa.exe, b.exe,B.exe and msb.exe.There were several scvhost taking cpu and memory.
I immediately tried to run my virus scan and spyware removal,neither would open. I borrowed a laptop and searched online for a solution.I found that WinXP had a new safety feature called DEP (Data execution Prevention)that could be preventing my utilities from working. They advised that I temporarily disable the DEP,which I did in DOS (/noexecute=AlwaysOff).
When I went to reboot, I had several errors.I think they were rundll errors. When the computer tried to restart,it went to black screen with safe mode,last known good configuration,etc. None of which will work. I burned 2 different boot/rescue cds from the internet. Each of these give a boot failure error message (isoLinux: Disk error 80, AX=424D, drive 9F Boot failed: press a key to retry. ...)
So now I have no idea what to do. My hope is that I can save my pictures and important documents. Windows XP came installed on the computer when I bought it new several years ago, so I have no cds for recovery and it does not have a floppy drive.
Thanks in advance for any help, it is greatly appreciated.