problem started with "search assistant" registry entry removal by ccleaner.
there was this anti-p*** clean-up program that had been automatically installed into our system when i planned to download an mp3 w/c ODDLY required a download of their inet explorer toolbar.... while downloading the toolbar, avg prompted me for a virus. but whenever avg healed the object, i couldn't access it properly anymore so i had to download that toolbar for a second time.. avg promted again.. this time i decided to just continue with the download without avg doing anything, thinking that i'd deal with the virus later after the toolbar had been installed properly.... got the toolbar installed...then at next start-up, there's this new anti-p*** scan/clean-up program that appeared out of nowhere.. i suspected that it came from my last download so i started looking for the uninstall file of the thing and i ended up deleting a weird-looking start-up registry entry, which i assumed to be related with "search assistant"....
at next start-up... computer started in safe mode, so i rebooted my pc for the normal mode... this time, the computer acted as if it was the first time that it was booted-up, it even asked for the serial number of the windows 98 instalation cd... geeez... i entered the serial # then rebooted my pc, again. for this last time.... at start-up... the usual user log-in... then explorer just doesn't load-up... an "illegal operation" window appears...
explorer caused an invalid page fault in module
EXPLORER.EXE at 0167:00401f31
EAX=00000000 CS=0167 EIP=00401f31
EBX=00000001 SS=016F ESP=0080feec
ECX=c15a8660 DS=016f ESI=00000000 FS=58a7
EDX=0080fefc ES=016f EDI=00000000 GS=0000
bytes at CS:EIP:
8b 08 50 ff 11 80 45 08 50 8b 08 ff 51 08 8b
00401ee0 0080fefc 0080ff34 00405cac 00000000
00000000 00000000 00000001 00404436 00000000
0059fc0c 00000001 00000000 00000000 00000000
after this message appears.. nothing happens anymore... nothing else loads-up.... when i check the task manager... nothing is there... welll... except for mmtask... i think... oh welll.... so the conclusion is that our windows 98 system is now unusable... but DOS still functions properly... i think... but i have super minimal knowledge when it comes to navigating and using DOS....
i really don't know what i did but i know that i was stupid enough not to follow avg's instructions to heal/quaratine that file just to get 1 stupid mp3. i was also stupid enough not to run an ad-aware scan.....
geeez... i don't really know what happened!!!
my theory is that instead of removing what should be removed, i accidentally removed a registry entry for explorer, or something vital...
i hope someone could help me. couldn't give anymore info for i couldn't access the files/programs using windows...
*i'm using windows 98 se, savage pro, 128mb shared ram, pentium 4...
*i'm computer literate and i know stuff about spyware and net stuff... but i'm not a computer whiz when it comes to these kind of "system"/registry tinkering/DOS stuff... hehe... ά