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Program Killing Everything in WinXP

I have a WIN XP Service Pack 1  machine with some type of virus, it will immeditaly close any type of program I open,  it will even close the task manager after I hit CTR ALT DEL.
I have  disable everything in startup and in msconfig, I have started in safe mode and ran cwshredder,spyhunter,hijackthis and stinger. I can not even run an install from the command line interface, it kills it as soon as it starts.  Does anyone have any idea what I am dealing with here.  I am afraid it is going to be clean install but I would really like to know what the heck is going on.

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When that type of virus appeared the only program that could close it was CodeStuff Starter...
It is something like Ctrl+Alt+Del.
It shows the path of every executable that runs on Startup and the current Processes.

Get it from here:

This type of virus can even close AV programs. U should consider updating to a newer version.

Disable System Restore.
When u find the application, go in safe mode and delete it.
Run adaware and ur antivirus app (updated).

Hope this helps :)
When u terminate it .. it is possible that a shutdown will occur.
To prevent that do this:

You probably gonna have about 30 seconds so do it fast

Start ---> Run ----> Cmd
When Command Window appears type the following:


This will abort any shutdown process that is in progress.
This thing sounds like lsass virus.
bvea_techAuthor Commented:
Well I figured it out, it was the IM serbw worm, nasty sucker too. The only way I could figure out what it was, was to continually hold down ctl alt delete and I regonized that in the processes, then I found a slick little program called Trojan remover that would run but I had to put it on with a jump drive and it found the virus and removed the I could go ahead with a regular clean.
Thats good :)

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