About joining the crew, take a look at the last paragraph in this post, http://spywarehammer.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?topic=87.0
About the other problem, try starting your computer with a clean startup using the following procedure.
I need you to reboot windows cleanly. To do that please go to the run command and type in msconfig . Once that starts, select selective startup
, and then uncheck the load startup items
. Now click on the services
tab, and down near the bottom of the window, check the box that says Hide all Microsoft Services
now go up and uncheck all the services still listed, make sure you scroll down the list if need to unselect all the non Microsoft services. Now click apply
, then click OK
and reboot the computer.
If that works, when you post the Hijackthis log, make sure you mention that you did it this way. If it does not work, go ahead and start a post in the malware removal forum and tell them what you tried, and that you could not get a log.