During the whole process I ran AdAware and Spybot, downloaded and installed service pack 2 with other critical updates, downloaded and ran Microsoft's anti-spyware thing, and tweaked the names of a few .dll files that the hijack seemed to be using (eg. I changed netgp.dll to netgp.ddd etc).
After all was said and done, using the "my computer" icons from the desktop or from the start menu causes everything to hang and crash. Booting from scratch allows all of the startup programs to run (yahoo messenger, etc) but I get Dr. Watson or whatever after I try to get to the file directories.
Everything works fine in safe mode, but crashes under normal startup. I also went back and changed the names of the dll files back to what they were, all to no avail. Here are some of the files I temporarily tweaked: mvspy.dll, qyjpm.dll, some shortcut to a ms-dos program, netgp.dll and I added one or two letters to two little suspect applications (all have been returned to their original names). I also uninstalled Microsoft's anti-spyware program.
How do I restore/repair whatever little thing I screwed up without accidentally wiping everything from her hard drive? I'm really really beginning to hate computers. But I like you guys. Help!
A total moron who deep down knew he shouldn't have messed with random files,
-Dan (I've learned my lesson...really)
Edited by dano2l, 11 April 2005 - 10:06 PM.