I have followed your instructions as per thread: READ & RUN ME FIRST Malware Removal Guide (incl. spyware, virus, trojan, hijacker) by chaslang. Last edited by chaslang; 09-23-11 at 22:56 http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=35407 Let me congratulate with the clarity of expression and the methodical approach to problem solving showed by chaslang. I found the guideline very useful and easy to read. This is what I have done. I have followed step 1 to 7 (however I missed out step 6 by mistake), so I had to start all over again from scratch after I ran Combofix. For the records: 1. SUPERAntiSpyware took a staggering 3hrs to run first time. Second time it took only just over 40minutes; 2. Malware Anti-malware took nearly 2hrs the first time. just over 30 minutes the second time. 3. Combofix deleted some .dll the first time. Unfortunately I have no log file as I had realised i DID NOT DISBALED CD emulator then...so I started all over again. Results: Nothing was found by the various removal tools. I have attached log files to this thread for your consideration. Current status: - apparently cleaned laptop (windows xp sp3) - AVG 2012 re-installed with firewall. - Defogger still disabled - Settings.dat file has appeared on my desktop (I think this was created by Combofix) - When rebooting system the screen shows black screen with three option - Normal - safe mode - (cant remember the third option). Sorry. The system reboot OK. Normal mode. - Malware Anti-malware shows the following message even though I have removed the software from my machine using add/remove programmes. - I get a warning window saying: [Open Event], Failed to perform desired action. Error code 2. - no problem connecting to wi-fi and the internet after running all removal tools. Anyway, I would be grateful if you could look at the log files and let me know whther you have spotted any concerns that I should look into with your support. Appreciate your help in advance. Thank you and keep up with the very good work. A.