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Virus may be causing endless restart cycle?

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I'm having a problem getting to the log-on screen after the Windows XP screen comes on, and I think it is because of a virus. It started yesterday when I tried to turn on this laptop, it shows the "Toshiba" welcome screen, then a screen saying that "Windows did not start successfully - would you like to start normally, in safe mode, etc." I selected Safe Mode the first time.

Then it goes back to the Toshiba screen, and then to the Windows XP screen. Then the Blue Screen flashes for a millisecond (too quickly to read what it says) and it goes back to the "Windows did not start successfully" etc. No matter what I select - whether it be safe mode, last best configuration, or normal - it keeps repeating this cycle. I think it is a virus because I foolishly clicked on a link that a friend sent me in an IM a couple days ago, and then forgot about it -- needless to say, I feel really stupid. Hopefully someone can help me figure this out.

Thanks ahead of time!
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