I have moved over here from the malware forum because it looks like the malware has been removed from my PC with the help of Metallica. (To read that discussion, see http://www.geekstogo...owtopic=53933.)
My problem now is that I can't boot up Windows XP, not even safe mode -- it just goes to the point where Windows really loads (right before the arrow cursor appears and the little tune plays) and then reboots. I tried to repair and/or reinstall Windows XP from CD, but it did not offer the repair option and the full install will not run to completion. Once it gets to the point where the screen says this "will take approximately x minutes," I get the 0x0000000A, IRQL NOT LESS THAN OR EQUAL, Blue Screen of Death.
Here's my hardware situation. I recently installed a second hard drive and second memory card. I have removed them so they won't confuse the issue. I have also disconnected my two USB devices and my printer. What remains are: keyboard, mouse, and two speakers -- all of which came with the computer. Also, because some of the error messages I was getting referred to drivers, I reinstalled all the drivers that came with the computer. Then I tried to install SP2, which is what got me to this point.
Can I ever get this PC running again?