I had seen both of those sites and have started to try their suggestions. Before continuing with their suggestions I am using one of the Microsoft Community guides and have gotten delayed because of a long chkdsk scan that took all evening.
Interesting points this evening: 1. chkdsk was grayed out in the tools section for the system drive. I had to run it from an elevated command prompt.
2. Adwcleaner was seen as a trojan by my AV and was blocked. I temporarily disabled the AV in order to download it to a thumb drive. then things got really interesting when I took the drive to the infected computer in order to copy it to a folder with other utilities. As I was copying the file I got an error message that the file no longer existed and, sure enough, it had disappeared!
I will try again and rename the file to try to cloak it but I'm not sure if that will work. In the meantime I have already scanned with Malwarebytes and it came up with nothing. I used Hitman Pro once but will do it again since I'm not sure if I remembered to run it as an administrator the first time.
Since my work week is about to begin I will have less time to work on this but I'll keep at it and let you know if I make any progress.
Here's another interesting thing that I found out tonight. I was looking in the Event Viewer and saw that the reason that the antivirus program would not run was because of a problem with .Net. Now I know why windows Update is not being allowed to install updates to the versions of .Net. This SpeedyPC malware is very "efficient" at disabling any protection components! I wish I know how it regenerated the registry entries that I delete, too.
In the meantime take a look at these links that I also will be using:http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/wind ... a5a876daa1http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/wind ... 88d2d3cd95