Specs: Athlon 2400+, 256DDR, mobo MSI KT4AV, WDC 60gb hard drive
I was recently infected by a program that put an icon called sexdial on my desktop. This seemed to cause an advert for a casino to pop up every 20 minutes or so (and still tried, but failed, even when I wasn't connected to the net). I tried to download Ad Aware but was refused access to the page and any similar pages. I downloaded Ad Aware (and others) on a friend's computer and installed them on mine but this did not rid my computer of the virus.
I eventually resigned myself to formatting my hard drive. However, when I right clicked on the C drive and chose format it would not let me do so because it said something was running in the background (even though there didn't appear to be). I then put the XP boot disk in and went to erase the partition (the only one) but it would not let me do so.
I then decided to repair the installation. It took me through the process of doing this but never completed. I would get to very near the end of the process ('saving settings 9 minutes to go') when it would simply go no further. After many attempts at this I was given two main messages. The first one said 'virtual memory too low' and something about XP trying to create more. The second one said 'The file asms on Windows XP Professional is needed'. The CD is a bootleg copy but has worked successfully on my computer as well as other people's.
The trouble I now have is that when I start my computer it doesn't even try to resume the setup procedure, as it did a few times, and instead just goes in a loop of trying to boot up, realising it can't, and restarting again. I am able to pause the computer to get to the BIOS but can see nothing in there to help me.
Please can someone tell me if there is a way to format my hard drive?
Thanks in advance for your time.