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Hi there I was referred to post here. When I was rebooting form using kaspersky, I had a blinking cursor upon booting. After uninstalling it I had a couple more instances when I was booting and it tool a few minutes before booting into windows.

http://www.geekstogo...o....html&st=15

thx in advance
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I read your malware forum but it doesn't give much information. Can you provide some more detail as in:

When did this start
Was there any software or hardware updates done prior to the problem starting
Any files downloaded from the internet
Any information to the start of the issue will help. I will suggest the following two test so we can rule out hardware as far as memory or harddrive.


Click HD diagnostic in my signature below. Choose the manufacturer of your hd. Download the tool. Running this will tell us if there is a problem with HD itself. If not then we will pursue other hardware or software possibilities



Let's check your memory and make sure there is no issue with it.Donwload memtest86 from the link in my signature below.


Get the file that is named Download - The one you want is "Download - Pre-compiled Bootable ISO (.zip). When it downloads, it will be labeled memtest86+2.11.iso.zip
Unzip the file once you download it. You should have a .iso file in the unzipped directory. It will look like a zip file in some cases but the file name will now be memtest86+2.11.iso

if you don't have a burning program that will burn .ISO files get burncdcc in my signature below.

NOTE...do not put a blank cd in until burncdcc opens the tray for you
1. Start BurnCDCC
2. Browse to the ISO file you want to burn on cd/dvd ....in this case its memtest86.iso
3. Select the ISO file
4. click on Start

Make sure the bios is set for the cd drive as the first boot device
Put the cd in the cd drive and then boot your computer.

Running the Diagnostic Program:

The basic diagnostic screen has five main sections of relevant information. Three at the top which are labeled, PASS %, TEST %, and TEST #. This will basically show you the total progress of the current test, the overall progress of the diagnostic test, and the test number is currently performing.

On the middle left hand side of the of the program interface there is a “Wall Time” section that will keep track of how long the diagnostic test has been running for. This just gives you an idea if you are not attending the testing process.

The main section to look for is the lower half of the screen which is usually blank. As long as the memory testing is going ok with no errors this section of the screen should remain blank. If the diagnostic program finds any serious faults in the memory you will see it display a memory dump of address’s in this section. This is similar to what is displayed on your screen when you encounter a blue screen of death.

You now have most everything you need to know about setting up and testing your memory with diagnostic programs. This guide should help you get to the source of any intermittent problems related to your memory.


Run memtest for at least 2 hours
If it starts showing any errors during that time then you will have to replace the memory
If there are no errors after 2 hours press Esc and that will end the tests
We will then try other options

Edited by rshaffer61, 21 May 2009 - 05:24 PM.

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here is my original post http://www.geekstogo...US-t237642.html
I don't remember dl anything at that time which was in late april
the cursor thing happened after restarting from safe mode after scanning with kapersky. It happened once or twice since.I wanna make sure something didn go wrong.

I'll run the scan
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sorry I don't see the signature
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Look at the bottom of my posts and you will see this:







The things I have underlined are what you need to click on as I suggested in previous post.
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Nothing for both diag tests. However after rebooting when I used the iso file I got the cursor again.
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The blinking cursor is just a coincidence with the test. The test wouldn't have caused the problem as they both run in memory and not the OS system. Next I would like you to run the following steps.


Go Start and then to Run ("Start Search" in Vista),
Type in: sfc /scannow
Click OK (Enter in Vista).
Have Windows CD/DVD handy.
If System File Checker (sfc) finds any errors, it may ask you for the CD/DVD.
If sfc does not find any errors in Windows XP, it will simply quit, without any message.
In Vista you will receive the following message: "Windows resource protection did not find any integrity violations".

For Vista users ONLY: Navigate to C:\Windows\Logs\CBS folder. You'll see CBS.log file.
Usually, it's pretty big file, so upload it to Flyupload, and post download link.


If you don't have Windows CD....
This applies mostly to Windows XP, since Vista rarely requires use of its DVD while running "sfc"
Note This method will not necessarily work as well, as when using Windows CD, because not always ALL system files are backed up on your hard drive. Also, backed up files may be corrupted as well.

Go Start and then Run
type in regedit and click OK


Navigate to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup

You will see various entries Values on the right hand side.

The one we want is called: SourcePath

It probably has an entry pointing to your CD-ROM drive, usually D and that is why it is asking for the XP CD.
All we need to do is change it to: C:
Now, double click the SourcePatch setting and a new box will pop up.
Change the drive letter from your CD drive to your root drive, usually C:
Close Registry Editor.

Now restart your computer and try sfc /scannow again!


Thanks to Broni for the instructions
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I don't have vista..I have window's professional
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The instructions are made for XP and the Vista instructions are in ( )
Sorry for the confusion. :)
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No problem. I don't have the cd. ran sfc and a window popped up quiclky and went away. When I did regedit under the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE. I didn't see various entries Values on the right hand side. All I saw was default..reg sz (value not set)
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I'm still having a problem and opening all programs are extremely slow. I got stuck on following the directions on the last reply, but have not heard back.
thx
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You will need to borrow a XP cd from someone. it needs to be the same type you have XP Professional

then you can run the SFC /SCANNOW

Have you tried to do a system restore or when booting tap on F8 to get to boot options.
Then click on Last Known Good Configuration

Edited by rshaffer61, 29 May 2009 - 03:37 PM.

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ok I'll get back tomorrow.
thx
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Nothing happened sfc scan
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Did you get a XP disk to use?
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