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[bleep] Viruses, XP and all that's blue :P


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Ok well it all started with me hunting around for a BF2 code (shhhh, lol) anyways i found one and got a popup from nortons saying had a virus the instant i entered the site, i ripped out my network cable as per usual and started scanning and trying to remove it, while i was awaiting the scan i hopped on another system and started researching the viruses i had got, they weren't anything to special, but there was 3 in total: trojan.byteverify , download.trojan and trojan.moo , also along with them i got some spyware as well, the program spyaxe appeared from nowhere and along with it a real pain in the [bleep] popup in the taskbar that 'looked like' a windows one but i knew it wasn't, it was telling me my computer had been infected by spyware (der really) and to click on it and it would take me to a website to get the 'best' anti-spyware software, of course it was trying to take me to the spyaxe website.

So i proceeded to hunt through my heaps of demo disks i had from IT magazines and get all the anti-spyware programs i could find and start scanning, nortons removed some of virus (it seems it spread pretty quickly), so i installed AVG and Esudio (or something similiar to that name :tazz: ) and started scanning with them also, i removed all the viruses as far as i know, all that was left was the spyware, i got rid of spyaxe no problems, i also found on a webforum somewhere in a googlesearch how to stop the popup, was real easy, got killbox, found the file svchosts.dll (not svchost the windows one) and deleted it, the popup went away, i ran some more scans with all the different software i had and only found 1 more spyware item - removed it, then when everything else cam eup empty figured my system was cleaned, so i started going about my usual thing, went to check my mail in outlook and check the forums for eve exodus and of course the instant i opened IE the computer restarted, didn't think much of it cause when i was doing all those scans it would often restart itself when it found something but it hadn't done it again since i removed all the viruses (or at least it seemed i had), then when the computer restarted i get the error that C:\Windows\System32\system is corrupted or missing, i loaded up windows ME (just so i could get to DOS) and found that the file is still there, so it is most likely corrupted, also when i go to try and repair it with windows XP, i start the computer up and when it's loading windows setup as soon as it hits the first bit of the blue screen in windows setup it just stops and locks up the computer, i also unplugged the main HDD and just tried to install windows to the empty spare that was installed yesterday, same problem, i know the disc is ok as i have installed windows on other systems recently, any ideas?

By the way, any other version of windows get to the installer fine, on either drive, but XP just won't go past that first entering setup blue screen where all it says is "Windows XP Setup" or something to that effect...
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whaat is this BF2 code? I do not want to go looking for one and have this experience.
Sorry to be so dumb

Edited by headwayne, 15 November 2005 - 01:02 PM.

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what is this BF2 code? I do not want to go looking for one and have this experience.
Sorry to be so dumb
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Battlefield 2
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oh, lol i never got it, closed the site straight away...
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Havoc302...

Is your version of Windows XP a retail version or an OEM version. Did it come with a Certificate of Authenticity?

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Retail and Yes it's authentic
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Havoc302...

I asked those questions for two reasons. One, some of the checks I like to use won't work with OEM disks, and Two...none of them will work with a copy (nor would I offer my support if it were a copy).

Click Start then Run...type sfc /scannow (Note the space between sfc and /) and press "Enter". You will be asked for your installation cd, so have it handy. Wait for the scan to finish (this might take up to an hour). When it's finished, click Start then Run...type chkdsk /r (Again...note the spaces) and reboot when prompted. This will run on boot-up so restart will take a while...be patient.

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well when it's trying to get into windows it just fails and says that C:\Windows\System32\System is corrupt or missing, so i can't get into windows, nor will windows XP get into installation so i can do a repair.... ?? :tazz:
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Havoc302...

Sorry... :tazz:

Yes, try this REPAIR to your installation of XP. This procedure will not damage or change your current files or settings...it will just repair or replace damaged system files. You will be asked for your Installation CD and may be asked for your product key. Follow the instructions carefully...print them out if you can. Note: This option is not always available on OEM Recovery Cd's

Once this repair has completed, you will have to download all Windows Updates again.

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Step 4: A blue screen will appear and begin loading Windows XP Setup from the CD.


I would have done this already as it has worked in the past however this is where it stops loading, it tries to read from the floopy drive ?!?!?! no idea why...... then it just locks up...

Last time i had this happen to me it was also from a virus infection, however i was pretty sure i had removed it this time...
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Havoc302...

Which version of XP is this? Home or Pro? SP1, SP2....?

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I just ripped out the HDD and plugged it into my 'dummy' system (only has windows, nortons and a few spyware programs on it, nothing personal and not on the network) i plugged the machine straight into the ADSL modem and i'm now doing a heap of scans and also a remote scan from the nortons website (just incase) this is going to take a while but hopefully will remove anything that ain't supposed to be there, then maybe when i put it back in my machine windows will get through to the installation screen and i can do a repair, either way i have now backed up my personal files and if the dummy system dies no biggy and i can just repartition and reformat the HDD from my main system....
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Oh sorry typed that before i saw your post, Windows XP Professional , no service packs on the disk, SP1 on my HDD.
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Havoc302...

Sounds like you have the situation well in hand! :tazz:

You may have to remove the SP1 from your HDD for the repair to run. The cd will see the system on the HDD as a newer version of windows and will not let setup continue...

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