I've recently come across a problem with my computer where I'm getting a 0x24 stop error every time I boot. It happened while I was online (not on a shady website) and all of a sudden I was bombarded by a.exe (and maybe lsass.exe) files, in command prompt windows, flooding the screen. Pretty sure that it was a virus, I quickly rebooted my computer in hopes of going into safe mode and taking care of the issue. Well when I rebooted I got as far as the Windows XP loading screen and then a quick BSOD flash and a reset. I can't access safe mode because it locks up while loading drivers so I can't check the event viewer logs to see what went wrong where. I can't get in to uninstall my virus protection (I have AVG on all the time but I also have SuperAntispyware and MalwareBytes installed but not active). The Last known working setting option reboots the same way as a normal windows load goes. I used Chkdsk and /r to fix the drive and that didn't help. I'm thinking that my last resort is to reformat which would be a major headache. I pulled my important files off using an external HDD and Knoppix so if I have to reformat I will do so. Also, I received the computer as a gift and it was bought at a Staples so there is no windows XP disk. I made backup disks (DVDs) when I first got it and there is a mysterious unmarked disk in the bag of stuff that came with the computer that I have yet to see the contents of it. Can I reformat with any of this? On top of all of this I have a term paper due this Friday that I have yet to edit so I'm in a real rush to fix this. I'd appreciate any helpful advice anyone can give and let me know if I forgot some important details.