I have a Windows XP SP3 system which is affected by the Sality worm. The usual symptoms of taskmanager and regedit being disabled were there, and I saw that I was unable to boot my system in safe mode. Then I found that the Sality worm removes the SAFEBOOT keys from registry hive.
So I downloaded a reg file from http://support.kaspersky.com/faq/?qid=208279889 and was successfully able to update the reg file to my system. But still when I hit F8 during boot and select the safe mode option, it still restarts after loading mup.sys file.
I don't know what more to do to get to safe mode. The virus is still there in its dormant stage. I can verify that because taskmanager and regedit are not disabled after I restarted in normal mode and I could browse any site and it did not kill the browser process. I also ran the salitykiller from the same link above and it healed all infected exe files.
This is related to another question which I have asked here, but I don't see how a common solution can solve both of those problems.
Any help folks?