Anyone that can offer any assistance to this thread please do so soon. :(
I am running Windows XP Pro w/SP2 - Custom built system
Last week I unfortunately caught a bug - (google / maxfiles) pop up virus of some sorts. I have McAfee installed but it did not detect it or clean it. A friend recommended that I get Nod32 virus detection program. I did, ran it and it cleaned a few other things but not the google pop up I was trying to get rid of. When I rebooted yesterday my system starts up fine, goes to the desktop and I can utilize different icons on the desktop and start menu for about 10 seconds. After which Windows doesn't necessarily "Lock" but I cannot run anything and it appears like the desktop is there but the system doesn't think it is. Meaning I can't interact with any of the system icons, desktop icons etc. but the pointer is still there and moving. If I do Ctrl+Alt+delete it will not bring up my system manager either. I tried going into Safe mode (which works fine) and uninstalling the Nod32 program which I can only assume is the problem at this point. It will not uninstall in SafeMode. When I run msconfig and disable almost everything except the files needed to run I get the same result. It would seem to me that the problem is definately 3rd party software and not Windows itself - since it does run fine in Safemode. Any suggestions? Thanks.