the problem started with getting the Antivir solution pro deleted from my computer. using malwarebytes and rkill seemed to help. then had to deal with the generic host process for win32 services shutting everything down.
everything worked for a day (still had firefox loading new browsers on its own, but only occasionally).
now i have the black screen (no cursor). i can tap F8 to get into safe mode, but when the screen loads and i select safe mode, it stops itself with:
i have gotten ahold of a windows xp professional disk (i have xp home). i have checked the boot sequence to use the disk (F2) and the sequence choices are 1. IDE CD ROM device 2. floppy drive (not installed) 3. hard disk drive C
but with the disk installed i still have a black screen.
is there any magic to get back into my system? at least to recover some files that i didn't back up...yea, i know! )