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JessieD88

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Hi, I really need some help. I have very basic computer knowledge and this is what is happening with my computer.

The anti-virus has expired and I think I picked up a virus downloading a program that I thought would allow me to stream online videos. When the program wouldn't do anything I uninstalled it. Now my desktop icons look like white pages with tiny icons on them and when I try to run programs my computer gives me an error message saying: Windows cannot open this file, and it needs to know what file created it. I've tried downloading anti-virus programs and it allows me to, but when I try to run them I get the same error message. I had posted in another forum on the site, but was told this is where I needed to post. I've tried downloading the OTL from this site, and I am still getting the same error message. And another user sent me a file called xp_exe_fix it let me extract the file, but after I extract it I get the error message again. Help please! Thanks.
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maliprog

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Hello JessieD88 and welcome to G2G! :)

My nick is maliprog and I'll will be your technical support on this issue. Before we start please read my notes carefully:

NOTE:
  • Malware removal is NOT instantaneous, most infections require several courses of action to completely eradicate.
  • Absence of symptoms does not always mean the computer is clean
  • Kindly follow my instructions in the order posted. Order is crucial in cleaning process.
  • Please DO NOT run any scans or fix on your own without my direction.
  • Please read all of my response through at least once before attempting to follow the procedures described.
  • If there's anything you don't understand or isn't totally clear, please come back to me for clarification.
  • Please do not attach any log files to your replies unless I specifically ask you. Instead please copy and paste so as to include the log in your reply.
  • You must reply within 3 days or your topic will be closed

Please try this version of OTL. If it ask you to select program to open select Internet Explorer and confirm everything it ask you.

Step 1

Download OTL to your Desktop

  • Double click on the icon to run it (If running Vista or Windows 7, right click on it and select "Run as an Administrator")
    . Make sure all other windows are closed and to let it run uninterrupted.
  • Under the Custom Scan box paste this in

netsvcs
%SYSTEMDRIVE%\*.exe
/md5start
explorer.exe
winlogon.exe
Userinit.exe
svchost.exe
/md5stop
%systemroot%\*. /mp /s
hklm\software\clients\startmenuinternet|command /rs
hklm\software\clients\startmenuinternet|command /64 /rs
CREATERESTOREPOINT

  • Click the Quick Scan button. Do not change any settings unless otherwise told to do so. The scan wont take long.
  • When the scan completes, it will open two notepad windows. OTL.Txt and Extras.Txt. These are saved in the same location as OTL.
  • Please copy (Edit->Select All, Edit->Copy) the contents of these files, one at a time, and post them if you need to start a new topic.

Step 2

If Step 1 fails the try this

  • Go to Start then click Run...
  • Type cmd and press OK button
  • If you get Command Prompt then type and press Enter after each of them
    assoc.bat=batfile
  • after this command type
    assoc.exe=exefile
  • after this command type
    assoc.scr=scrfile

Try to run OTL now.

Step 3

Please don't forget to include these items in your reply:

  • OTL log
  • OTL Extras log
It would be helpful if you could post each log in separate post
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JessieD88

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Thanks so much for offering to help me, I really appreciate it!

Step one took me in circles on the internet and step two I can't perform because my run link is missing from my start menu. :)
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After first step try to run OTL scan.

Step 1

We need to disable malware processes on your system first.
  • Download TheKiller to your Desktop
  • Note that TheKiller is renamed as explorer.exe
  • Run it by double click (If running Vista or Windows 7, right click on it and select "Run as an Administrator")
  • Press OK button after program finish
  • Do not restart your system after this step
NOTE: If malware blocks TheKiller from running please try to run it several more times

Step 2

If you fail to run TheKiller (explorer.exe) rename it to explorer.com or explorer.scr and try to run it

Step 3

Try to run OTL normally now and post log here for me.
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I tried each option several times. I'm still getting the same error messages even after renaming them.
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Hi JessieD88,

For this step we will need clean PC and blank CD. After you burn OTLPE we will use it to scan your infected PC.

Please print these instruction out so that you know what you are doing

  • Download OTLPEStd.exe to your desktop
  • Ensure that you have a blank CD in the drive
  • Double click OTLPENet.exe and this will then open imgburn to burn the file to CD
  • Reboot your system using the boot CD you just created.
    Note : If you do not know how to set your computer to boot from CD follow the steps here
  • As the CD needs to detect your hardware and load the operating system, I would recommend a nice cup of tea whilst it loads :)
  • Your system should now display a Reatogo desktop.
    Note : as you are running from CD it is not exactly speedy
  • Double-click on the OTLPE icon.
  • Select the Windows folder of the infected drive if it asks for a location
  • When asked "Do you wish to load the remote registry", select Yes
  • When asked "Do you wish to load remote user profile(s) for scanning", select Yes
  • Ensure the box "Automatically Load All Remaining Users" is checked and press OK
  • OTL should now start.
  • Press Run Scan to start the scan.
  • When finished, the file will be saved in drive C:\\OTL.txt
  • Copy this file to your USB drive if you do not have internet connection on this system.
  • Right click the file and select send to : select the USB drive.
  • Confirm that it has copied to the USB drive by selecting it
  • You can backup any files that you wish from this OS
  • Please post the contents of the C:\\OTL.txt file in your reply.

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Due to lack of feedback, this topic has been closed.

If you need this topic reopened, please contact a staff member. This applies only to the original topic starter. Everyone else please begin a New Topic.
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