(Hoping to contact howard_hopkinso) I have an older system, a Thinkpad T41p notebook running Windows XP SP2 with 1.7GHz processor, 1Gb RAM and 40 GB HD. I developed a problem with my monitor recently and have since discoved that my system has been overrun with spyware/malware/adware etc. after research and reading the topic 58138 thread on your site (sorry for lack of link--I am unable to post urls because I am a newbie to the site) I had over 9000 ugly entries written to my Windows hosts file, 2 variants of New.net, and a variety of other malware, some of which could be removed and some of which could not. My monitor goes black after the Windows logo splash screen and/or the Windows login screen. I can faintly detect the regular screens, but the monitor is so dark that I cannot read them. I am able to control the laptop in question using LogMeIn remote access software, however I cannot port to an external monitor or view anything on the laptop's screen. Everything on the system runs fine for now using remote access, except for the monitor problems.... I have followed the instructions in the post entitled "Virus/Spyware/Malware, preliminary removal instructions" but am unable to complete them in their entirety. The problem lies in the safe reboot or safe reboot with networking capabilities. Because I only have access to the system via remote control, I cannot reboot and perform any tasks in safe mode, because I cannot read the screen. When I reboot in safe mode + networking, the machine hangs on the attempt to obtain network access, so I cannot get online to remotely control the machine. Running in safe mode appears to be out of the question unless you have some other suggestions. I have backups of my data files, so I don't mind trying anything you might suggest. I would prefer to format the drive and reinstall Windows only as a last resort, because it will take me several days to reinstall all of my programs from disk and safely restore my data files. Please let me know any suggestions you might have and whether you would like me to post the latest logs from HJT, Combofix, and AVG Antispyware. Please note that I am unable to run Smitfraud in safe mode, but it finds things... AVG finds things, but vundo, virtumundo, Panda Antirootkit do not. The latest Symantec Corporate edition does not find anything. Spybot does not find anything, but I notice it has a nasty habit of adding or enabling about 8000 adware/malware hosts to my hosts file everytime I run it...I edited the hosts file thru AVG once I discovered this was occurring. All real-time protection programs are currently off. Thank you in advance for your help and I look forward to hearing from you.