Hi folks, i could do with some help on this as it's driving me mad. PLEASE!!. Had a couple of different probs with my desktop, starting with a Windows update 48 hours ago. I started to get the COM surrogate error message, but seemed to have fixed it after uninstalling DivX, Nero, ffdshow and turning off DEP on the COM surrogate. However (and this may be related... or have no relevance) after an AVG update today i was asked to restart the computer. When it restarted i had the annoying log on then straight back off thing going on. I can get into safe mode, and have tried a couple of things to no avail. the userinit.exe file is still where it should be in the registry, as is the explorer.exe in the shell etc. I should point out that after the COM thing i ran a spyware check, and deleted a trojan from a windows file (is this related?)(was it a false positive?), and hadn't restarted since then (i think). Please help with my computer inadequacy. I'm using Windows XP Pro SP2.