|Guapo, yes both the malware & Avast definitions were up to date.|
Chuck 2, I tried system file checker twice to no avail.
Additionally, I tried repairing the windows XP files using the windows XP cd repair option. However upon completion of the repair the laptop boots up but doesn't make it to the desktop. Instead it just keeps restarting. Right before its suppose to get to the desktop, it restarts itself again. This is so frustrating.