Corrupt change-log, run Chkdsk, but how?

Got a malware on one of my wife's computers running Lavasoft's AdAware Pro. Lavasoft hasturned off their chat service and does not seem to answer emails.

I tried to restore to an earlier restore point.

I know that when doing this, it sometimes takes a while for the system to come back up. After an hour I shut it down and started it up again.

Now I get a system error saying that my change-log is corrupt and to run Chkdsk.

I run "Chkdsk c: /f" and it, of course, warns me that it will need to restart. I respond that Yes, I want to scan on startup, then restart.

No scan, just the change-log warning.

What should be my next step?

Running Windows XP SP3 on an HP machine
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David BruggeAsked:
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Tony GiangrecoCommented:
It sounds like the Malware could have interfered with the system restore and possibly it never finished. If that happened, Windows could really be messed up.

Try booting into safemode: restart, press F8 multiple times  when you see the HP logo.
Selecr Safemode with Networking.

If this runs properly, it might resolve the immediate problem.

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Do you have an XP CD to boot from? If so, you can run chkdsk from the Recovery Console.
David BruggeAuthor Commented:
Willcomp, I'm throwing you points for being technically correct, however whenever I try to run Recovery Console with command lines, machines just laugh in my face.

TG! That worked. Took me forever to find a PS/2 keyboard because the USB keyboard driver was not being loaded in time to catch the F key at boot. Once that was done, the safe mode loading window hung during all of the driver downloads. I was about to bail when I remembered that it might be running the Chkdsk.

I never got a Chkdsk report, so it May have been running and it MAY NOT have been. Whatever happened, I came back an hour later and it was smiling at me, all happy.

Now to tackle the dang malware problem and curse Lavasoft to the rafters!
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