Cryptic.CM Trojan, after removing cant boot

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
May 12, 2010 at 14:40:25
Specs: Windows XP Pro, Athlon 3200XP, 1GB
I kept getting random IE windows opening with advertisements. After scanning with AVG, Malwarebytes, Ad-Aware, SuperAntiVirus, nothing was found so I tried TrendMicro's free scan and it found one corrupted file. COMVER.DLL was infected with CRYPTIC.CM Trojan. I can't remember if the choice was clean or remove but I got rid of the Trojan. About 15 mins after I removed the trojan I restarted my pc and I got the /windows/system32/config/system file is missing or corrupt message. To make things worse I turned off System Restore before I scanned the computer so that the Trojan could not hide in a restore point. I don't have a floppy drive and when I try to use the recovery console on my XP CD after asking me to select an OS (I only have one) I press the "1" key and enter and then nothing happens, no directory, no blinking cursor, nothing. Any ideas, links, suggestions. With the recovery console not working past select which Operating System I am stumped. Thanks for your time.

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May 12, 2010 at 15:29:21
It was probably a rootkit. You need to do a repair install of your windows to replace any of the files that where deleted.

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May 12, 2010 at 19:50:03
Thanks for the reply. I don't have the option to repair windows, I can proceed with setting up Windows XP, press R for recovery console, or press Enter to quit. Pressing R for recovery console just takes me to:


Which Windows Installation would you like to log onto
(To cancel, press ENTER)?

And I press 1 and nothing happens then Enter and then it just hangs, the cursor stops blinking, sometimes I get the BSOD.

Also I tried setting up Windows XP and when it starts "Searching for previous Windows installations" freezes then BSOD. Might have to put it out of its misery...

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May 17, 2010 at 10:13:39
This does not sound like a virus but system that is dying probably do to a hard drive going bad or RAM going bad. Try pulling the RAM (keep grounded) and clean the connectors with a pencil eraser. See if your system does not perform better.

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May 17, 2010 at 19:31:36
Thanks for the reply. I think the hard drive was going bad before I removed the trojan. Just happened to go at the same time. I just built a new system then returned the mobo and put it back to together with a new mobo.

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