It's my first time here, but I've often ended up on these forums looking for answers to other questions and you seem like a friendly, knowledgeable bunch, so I'm going to try my luck ...
I got a virus on my machine - a piece of malware that hijacked google search results (but just in Chrome) and directed them to dating/drug/porn sites. In hindsight, I only wished I'd closed Chrome and lived with it. However, I tried to fix it instead. Bear in mind that I am impatient, had a million other things to do and know just enough about computers to really be dangerous. This is a catastrophic mix.
The result is that after installing Spybot and Regrun and speed-reading the instructions, I let them do their thing and now Windows fails to boot. I get a BSOD muttering something about "regrun partizan - bootwatch antirootkit. greatis software" and then it restarts, doomed to repeat this proceedure for infinity.
I've tried everything in my limited power to circumvent this - booting in safe mode, last working configuration, off the recovery CD that came with my Mesh PC - none of it works; it all results in the same message.
I was pointed towards Ultimate Boot CD for Windows and although I made the boot CD ok, one of the drivers appears to be missing, due to an odd Windows configuration with Mesh and honestly it's all going a bit over my head at this point.
However, also included on the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows is NTFSDOS and using this I can navigate around my computer and I can also see my external hard drive, where I want to back everything up. I even managed to copy a single text file across as a test. I can't tell you what a triumph this single text file represented for me: The result of 48 hours of cursing and fretting.
So I feel I'm almost there - it seems to me that the best way forward would be to use NTFSDOS to copy the files I need and then reinstall Windows XP. But NTFSDOS doesn't have xcopy. And I have no idea how to install additional DOS programmes like xxcopy (which sounds like it'd do the trick nicely). Could someone please walk me through it, like they're teaching a dog to play cards?
Many, many thanks in advance. Sorry for the rambling post....