Could this heinous file be hidden, even after I removed the hidden attribute from all partitions and double-checked for that file from within the OS? I've used my own OEM version of xp home to reinstall, I've deployed that particular disk (not a copy) on several occasions for two separate networks, with no issues, and so far this week, I've had no problems here...yet.
I tried to copy that file to send it to someone who wanted to look at it, but it won't allow me access or permission to copy, remove, rename, edit or move it. The first time I found it, I could edit it---now I can't. The odd thing is, hjt doesn't see it, virus apps don't recognize it, and I may be losing my mind, but I find this stupid file in different places! system32 at first, then I found it in my system files folder, and I don't think it was there before--but I could be wrong.
I've never seen or heard of anything so illusive, and I'm at the end of my experience trove. All I have left is patience and stubborness.
Anybody have any suggestions that I may have overlooked? If I don't answer right away, please forgive me---I'm most likely reformatting my harddrive...again.