Rorschach112 recommended that I come to the Windows XP forum for help with suspected userinit.exe file damage.
Rorschach112 has been helping to rid my system of an infestation by Trojan Alureon.gen!U & Alureon.CT amongst other baddies which my antivirus programmes couldn't prevent or remove. Related correspondence from the Virus, Spyware and Trojan Removal thread is here:
In brief, we ran Combofix a couple of times, then TFC. The computer rebooted after TFC and I haven't been able to get back into it since.
On starting up again, a blue error screen came up with the following message:
" A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.
If this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:
Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers. Check your hard drive to make sure it is properly configured and terminated. Run CHKDSK /F to check from hard drive corruption, and then restart your computer.
*** STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF7B86528, 0XC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000) "
When I restart, the same screen comes up.
Safe mode leads to the same screen
We attempted to insert a userinit.exe file from cd, which seemed to copy ok (replacing a file), but the computer still returns to the same blue screen error message.
I'm borrowing a laptop to access the forum as I can't get past the blue screen on my computer.
I'm just a regular computer user & my understanding of all this is limited. If you're reading this Rorschach112, then please correct anything that I've misrepresented.
Any help would be much appreciated!