Situation: @ boot system goes to user login (two users)and when selecting a user the user's settings begin to load then it logs off, saving the users settings, etc.
What I've tried: booting up in Safe Mode, Safe Mode w Networking, all the other selections from the F8 key. No Luck
Tried the following links here which didn't resolve the issue:
I even got the userinit.exe file from another computer and xfered it to the Compaq to make sure I got a clean copy. No Luck.
http://www.geekstogo...ed-t259214.html No Luck
http://www.geekstogo...Off-t15771.html No Luck
http://www.geekstogo...ff-t234048.html No Luck
http://www.geekstogo...TF-t117102.html No Luck
http://www.geekstogo...LP-t232490.html No Luck
http://www.winxptuto...m/wsaremove.htm No Luck
The Compaq System Recovery has an option to take you directly to the Microsoft System Restore as a first resort. However Microsoft's System Restore does not come up when selected. I don't know if the malware disabled that feature or not.
Suspect action that could have started this: Probably a virus/malware infected the system from a child using the internet. The day the symptoms began was after this person was on the 'net. And from the postings on this site I had suspected the BlazeFind malware. But now I'm wondering just what did zap the system. I've tried so many things, that weren't destructive (i.e. didn't whack the system with a hammer!) that I am now simply stumped. I can't even get to login to even begin running software to get Hijack Logs or any other diagnostic tools run against the system. AVG update was disabled when the person who uses the computer began working on it the next day, and according to the symptoms there were a couple screens popups with Direct TV's advertisement before the system went completely south. When the system was rebooted the login/logoff loop began. The biggest issue concerning data on this machine is that a friend's accounting software is on it and I need to preserve it. So far I've spent 2.5 days working on resolving the problem. My friend doesn't have the XP CDs since Compaq uses a partition on the system for storing those files. And he never did burn the recovery CDs when he got the machine. I've used my XP CD to be able to get to the recovery console to attempt to resolve the problem as mentioned in one of the many threads I've read.