After removing Spyware, Windows does not login.

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It lets me click the username and it goes through the motions, but then automatically logs back out to the welcome screen.

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Do a windows repair installation.
Are you able to login with other user accounts? If so, this could be a problem if you have a corrupt user profile.

This could also be another problem, try the following:
1. Boot using your Windows XP CD
2. Enter recovery console.
3. At the command prompt go to C:/windows/system32
4. Type: dir wsaupdate.exe
5. Do you see a wsaupdater.exe? Continue
6. Type copy userinit.exe wsaupdater.exe

Exit and reboot normally. You should now be able to logon.

1. Run regedit
2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\
3. In the right pane, you should see C:\WINDOWS\System32\wsaupdater.exe
4. Change it so that it reads: C:\WINDOWS\System32\userinit.exe

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