you cannot get a virus from a data file like a music, document, or video. if you tried to play a wmv through windows media player and it prompted you to download some codec to watch the video, then thats when you downloaded the virus. You cannot remove the virus while windows is running. you must boot from a virus scan disk to clean the drive.
nhasian: Thanks, that's what I've been trying. A drweb cd is not being read on boot and the avg cd appears to have been deleted. It looked fine after burning the iso to cd on another machine, but after booting the infected machine the cd now appears to be blank.
Emerald: When trying to open files with a tainted extension I receive the window stating that windows cannot open this file so what do you want to do: select an app to run the file or check the web.
My apologies for being slow on the response, but the link provided a way to change my file registrations, which has basically got me up-and-running again. I ended-up having to go through the task manager to get a command window, since I could not run or save anything in safe mode. Once I ran "access" I was able to see how the file extensions had been changed to junk.
I still need to get a drive to work in order to install linux but if nothing else, a restore should handle that.
I am left with only a single question: what joy does someone get out of ruining someone's computer?