virus stops exe's and AV software

Asus netbook / 1005hab
July 31, 2010 at 14:50:01
Specs: Windows XP Home
This virus recognizes every kind of rescue software I have tried and prevents it from running. It also blocks attempts to run OS installation files. I cannot get to the BIOS, so I have not been able to change the boot device order as a workaround. Since it has no optical drive, I am not certain I can put a new OS on it after I format the HD. I have tried using another machine over an ad-hoc network to scan for the virus, but the other machine could not find the virus. I have also tried using that machine to attempt an over-network OS installation, but so far no luck.

Ideas? Thanks.

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July 31, 2010 at 16:39:53
Try using the .exe file association fix found here:

Then scanning with your AV software. If AVG cannot get the job done, go to (Cnet's site), and download Malware Bytes, or Hitman Pro (Hitman Pro cannot be run in Safe Mode, but Malware Bytes can).

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