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pHANTOM dOS .. what's that?


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Well.. my computer SEEMS to be working fine... yesterday I was burning a DVD, and when I was checking it had all the files I wanted it to have, I left-cliked on a folder, and I noticed a new option I had never seen before "pHANTOM dOS" it said.. I assumed it was a virus or something bad, so I scanned the computer, the antivirus (Avast) claims it's clean, as the adware software claims it to be as well .. I still didnt like that thing in my left click menu, so I went to the register, search all the entries that had pHANTOM dOS on them and deleted them.. now where that used to be it only appears a "command" option.. but I now that shouldnt be there anyways... any idea on what's that? if it was a virus? and how to get rid of it if it was? (the antivirus in my comp says it's all clean..... or anyones knows how to get rid of that option in my left click menu? (it only appears in folders, not in files nor drives)

I forgot to say it, I have Windows XP SP 2

Edited by EeveeChan, 25 March 2008 - 10:25 PM.

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Well let's find out what this is.
Open My Computer, then click on the Tools menu and select Folder Options. Click on the File Types tab, then find and click on Folder. Then click on the Advanced button in the bottom of the window. This will open up a list of actions you can take when right-clicking on a Folder. Please post that list for both Folders and File Folders.
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for folders it says:
explore
open

for file folders it says:
Enqueue in Winamp
Play in Winamp
@%SystemRoot%\System32\shell32.dll-22022
Add To Winamp's Bookmark list
Command
Find

The one that now says comand used to say pHANTOM dOS before I deleted the registry entries
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try a system restore
start>>run>> restore >>click ok
double click on rstrui.exe
follow the prompts
choose a date when things worked fine
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thanks for the replies :)

I shall try the system restore.. none of my files will get deleted, right?

Edited by EeveeChan, 26 March 2008 - 09:48 PM.

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nothing will be deleted
maybe few minor changes but you will be ok
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that was my only worry about trying it :)

I'll do it and then I'll post if it worked or not, since I just installed my System a month ago I just have 2 restore points available, perhaps the oldest one didnt have the pHANTOM thing, or so I hope :)
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if your comfortable with the oldest then do it
there are arrows on the calander see if it can go back furtherlook at image provided

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oh.. the problem is that I had installed XP in March.. so there's no much "back" for me to loon into :)

and it didnt let me do a system restore, it took 2 hours and the progress bar never moved from, let's say 90% (it took about 5 minutes to reach there, but it stayed there )

Edited by EeveeChan, 27 March 2008 - 09:37 PM.

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try going to control panel
and folder options
open it
click restore defaults
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I tried it, the "command" is still there ._.

by the way, I clicked it by accident and a I got a "there's no action asociated with that command" message :)
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try to copy and paste this in command

"assoc.exe=exefile"

restart
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I tried to modify it, but the "edit" button is disabled for the "command" option, as it is for all the other actions available :) (the enqueue in winamp and all the others)
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windows task manager
ctrl alt and delete
when it opens
click on file (New Task Run)
copy and paste this in run

http://www.dougknox..../file_assoc.htm

then try a system restore

using task manager file new task run copy a paste this

C:\WINDOWS\system32\restore\rstrui.exe

It may even occur that you cannot open regedit.
To fix this, open task manager (Ctrl-Alt-Del) and click on file - new task while holding down the control key.
This will bring up a cmd console. From there type regedit.exe and the registry editor should open.
If you have got this far, all is going good
Go to this webpage:

http://www.dougknox..../file_assoc.htm

Here you will find lots of registry files to restore the file associations.
Download the ones you need and import them into the registry through registry editor.
This should fix your PC enough so you can perform a repair or system restore.

In all reality, the only full solution is a format and re-installation of Windows here, or a full restore from a backup image (e.g. a brand name PC's recovery disk).

you could try the above
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hmm.. it seems there's no fix for the file folder type ... I found one for folers there, and tried it, but it still didnt fix it :)

oh well, I guess I'll have to reinstall then, thanks for all the help though :)
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