Need to install XP from a USB drive

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GSRDPM

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Hello everyone. I have a Dell Inspiron Mini 10 netbook running Windows XP and picked up a virus recently that kept turning Norton 360 off and locking up the screen in a few minutes. Ithere's nothing important saved on hte computer so I wish to format the drive and start over, but it has no optical drive so I want to se if I can boot from a USB, but I am confused how to do make it happen. I tried using win2flash and temporarily caught the deltasearch adware/spyware during that setup. (I think I have that sorted out....we'll see....) Anyway, I'm afraid to do anything else right now without help from a source I trust. Thanks in advance for any assistance!
 
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I would start a threat in the Virus and Malware Removal forum before trying anything, just to be sure your system is virus free.
 

GSRDPM

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I would start a threat in the Virus and Malware Removal forum before trying anything, just to be sure your system is virus free.
My thought in posting this here was that:

1. I had already tried to install windows XP onto the USB but instead it seems as though I just installed it onto a new partition on the hard drive. When I tried to format the C drive, it said that the format was unable to be completed successfully (after almost 30 minutes of waiting).

2. I have changed the boot order to try to boot from the USB (Obviously that did not work...) and I cannot boot into any safe mode option.

3. Attempting to start in any safe mode results in a blue screen.

4. Shutting down results in a blue screen.

5. Letting the computer boot up normally results in a sequence of norton 360 being turned off as soon as the desktop appears and eventually the screen goes blank with a button to press "submit" being the only thing visible. If the submit is clicked, there is a pop-up message that states that I have 72 hours to pay a fine.

In short, I though that between the infection, my questionable reinstallation,, my altering the boot sequence, the hit or miss booting up and multiple blue screens, that it would be easier to format and reinstall and troubleshoot the infection, if it were still present, on a computer that would not lock up on me within seconds upon booting up.

If it is still better to post this on the Virus and Malware forum, then that's what I will do.
 
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