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Can't boot into Windows XP (BSoD)


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Alright thanks for the help. I will post back when I fix the problem so you can close the topic an call it resolved. :-)

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Alright sorry for the delay, was getting some food. Late night snack, you know. :-P

But anyways, should I Just unregister the thing using "regsvr32 /u socketx.ocx" or should I get that "SocketToMe" program? What do you recommend? I would rather do the "regsvr32 /u socketx.ocx" thing, but I wanted to ask first.

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Both couldn't hurt. Unregister the ocx that was designed to manipulate open sockets, and also lock the sockets with socket lock. Easy to unlock if ever required-- just run it again and choose uninstall. It's a stand-alone anyway.
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Alright cool, cool. Thanks for the help. Again, I will post back when and if the problem is resolved so you can lock this topic. :-)

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I can't find socketx.ocx on my computer. Windows Search fails me. O_O

Is there a default location for this file?

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Don't think it is necessary to find it. Just run the command. Would likely be in system 32 though.
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It is necessary. I already tried just running "regsvr32 /u socketx.ocx" and got this:
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RegSvr32
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LoadLibrary("socketx.ocx") failed - The specified module could not be found.

So yeah, I need to find it. I ran a search for socketx.ocx no my whole HDD (even hidden files and subfolders) three times and I can't find it. Help?

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Try with SocketXCtl. Perhaps the reason it won't load is that socketx.ocx is missing. Either way the question is- with the sockects locked do you get the error message?
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Tried "regsvr32 /u SocketXCtl", didn't work. And yes, with the sockets locked I still get the error message. Also yes, you are right, the file seems to be missing. I went inside the SYSTEM32 folder and sorted it by Type, looked at the .ocx files and socketx.ocx was not there.

So....what now? :S

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Something is calling for the file at boot. Going to have to track it down. Some sort of malware may still be present. Autoruns may show something: http://www.microsoft...s/AutoRuns.mspx

Probably a good idea to do a complete malware removal procedure as outlined: http://www.geekstogo...-Log-t2852.html

I suggest adding A-squared to the mix: http://www.emsisoft..../software/free/

Signing off for the night. Be back tomorrow.
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Heh, that's funny. Right when I decide it's late (3:30AM) and I'm going to sleep, you reply with a troubleshooting solution and saying you are heading to bed as well. I'll try this tomorrow I guess, since even if I try it tonight you won't be here to help me out. So see you tomorrow. ^_^

Thanks for the help so far,
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Alright, I ran Autoruns and after looking around inside the results I found an entry in the "Logon" tab that's called DNS and has the MSN butterfly logo (which is the same name and logo as the error message I get at start up)

Also, it has no description or publisher (like every other entry in here does) and it's path is C:\WINDOWS\dosipwwzrd.exe and it's inside this autorun entry:
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

Should I delete it? I think I should. IIRC, dosipwzrd.exe is a trojan AVG got rid of like a day or two before this whole problem started and my computer went to [bleep]. O_O

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Yes, I think I'd nuke that. Good work.
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That worked. No longer do I get the error message. Yay! Thanks for the help. I really appreciate it.

Also, from now on, should I use Autoruns or the program I used before? (Startup Inspector for Windows - http://www.windowsstartup.com)

Oh and should I go through the steps in http://www.geekstogo...-Log-t2852.html anyway? Including A-squared? (http://www.emsisoft..../software/free/) Or is it not necessary anymore?

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Never hurts to be completely sure that there is no malware on my system. I do 5 scans a week with different tools. BTW- I set my browser at "Above Normal" priority with Taskmanager and continue on the forums while they are scanning.

Use all your tools. Autoruns is excellent, and you've discoved the 'logon' tab. There is no reason not to have a 'toolbox' with lots of different utilities that offer different ways of handling the same issue. I have half a dozen ways to stop an auto-start program.

And here's a tool I think every XP user should have: ERUNT
ERUNT info and tutorials:
http://www.silentrun...r_eruntuse.html
http://www.winxptutor.com/regback.htm
http://www.larsheder...erunt/erunt.txt

Download ERUNT: http://www.larsheder...nline.de/erunt/
(Click on a 'Server')

What the tutorials don't really go into is the 'go-back' ability that ERUNT offers. I manually make a backup with ERUNT, and then install a program. Oops! Bad Idea! I run the backup I made just before the install, reboot, and Gone! No Registry entries exist for the application because I am now using a copy of the Registry that existed before XP ever 'knew' about it.

Most of the stuff will probably be familiar to you, but you may get some tips from my Vox: http://doc1101.vox.com/

Tons of members way more experienced than I am here at Geeks to Go. Hang around. Read the pinned posts. Follow threads that interest you. I learn something everyday here! We have training programs at Geek U as well. We can always use another shoulder at the wheel...
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