How my problem started: I got a virus called Windows Vista Guardian, a fake anti-virus program that goes by many names. Immediately I recognized it as a virus, and so searched the web to find out how to eliminate it, as Norton and Add/Remove Programs do not detect it. I stopped av.exe [multiple times] on the Task Manager under the Processes tab. I was told to open regedit in the black command box, which I did; however, all the files I was told to delete I couldn't find. I ended up not deleting anything, and eventually av.exe stopped showing up on Task Manager and 'Vista Guardian,' simply disappeared.
Now, however, I cannot open many programs on my computer in Control Panel. The fact that my Security Center will not open particularly worries me. As well, any program I attempt to open will not open; a window requesting I select which program to run pops up instead.
While I had the virus, windows would tell me my firewall was turned off. When I went to turn it on, [in the Security Center] Vista Guardian would pop up asking me to buy it. For this reason I believe Vista Guardian seeded itself within my files and took them with it when it, 'disappeared.' I am unsure of how the virus was deleted, as I did not delete it. I am suspicious that Norton eventually found it.
When I attempt to open my Security Center and other control panel files, I receive the message: "C:Windows/system32/rundll32.exe Application not found"
I tried to follow this tutorial: http://www.techsuppo...ndll32-exe.html
Everything in the above link matches perfectly my scenario, except for the CBS log area. I don't know how to open CBS log, so have not done so. But I did type: findstr /c:"[SR] Cannot repair member file" c:\windows\logs\cbs\cbs.log > C:\$cbs-log-0425-08.txt & start notepad C:\$cbs-log-0425-08.txt I replaced the two number sequences 0425-08 with 0226-10 the second time I entered this. Both times it came up with a blank notepad.
The other difference is that my problem in still unresolved, or esle of course I would not be writing this.
I checked the folder suggested near the bottom of the webpage, and I did indeed find a copy of rundll32. When I went to copy it into my system32 folder, however, I found the original rundll32 file.
This confused me, as I do have the original rundll32.exe file there [it was apparently never deleted] however I still get the error message saying it can't be found. I restarted my computer, and still received the same error.
What do I do?
Thank you in advance.