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#1 MvF Think Pad

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 02:59 PM

Hey Everyone!

I'm new to the posting here at BC but have always frequented the forums for my computer questions! I love the site!

Anyway, Iíve been working on computers a long time! This one in particular is particularly stubborn.

When I reboot the machine, it runs through bios fine and then it comes to the XP "fade in" screen and sits there faded for literally 10-15 minutes before becoming full color and loading the OS. This is not an exaggeration by any means, I read up on the problem else where and did not find too much info. I did however find several suggestions on USB issues that were related. I proceeded to try a reboot with no USB plugged in and with USB disabled in the bios! This was to no effect. Itís an older pc, with half a gig of memory, running an older amd. I'll get exact specs in a bit!

But I have run several programs in an attempt to cure this: Avast pre boot scan (this helped with switching user speed), Ad aware, CCleaner and multiple disk defragmenters. Also this unfortunate patron fell victim to the Win Antivirus scheme and has been renewing his membership with this awful program for two years now. Even with win antivirus disabled to start with the computer did nothing. Also I have disabled all unnecessary start up programs also with no avail.

Last but not least, SAFE MODE will not even run, it goes through its long list and then stops at a certain one and stays there indefinitely!

If anyone has suggestions that would be fantastic!!! Also if anyone has a Win Antivirus legitimate resource that explains how awful it is, that would be great so I can convince them to let me get rid of it! Thanks so much in advance!!

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 04:10 PM

Also if anyone has a Win Antivirus legitimate resource that explains how awful it is, that would be great so I can convince them to let me get rid of it! Thanks so much in advance!!

-Mike

I'm not a member of the malware team, so I can't and won't address that portion of your post. But I am sure someone will. As far as documentation that Win Antivirus is an unwanted app. I'll supply some links for you.
WinFixer, WinAntiVirus, WinAntiVirusPro

WinAntiVirus

WinAntiVirusPro Potentially unwanted application
and last but not least
Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware Products & Web Sites There you need to scroll a ways down for 'Win Antivirus', but it is there.

Hope this helps your case.

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 04:41 PM

Please follow the instructions here (if you cannot enter safe mode use them in normal first,Do Not force safe Mode.
How To Remove Vundo/Winfixer Infection

Now Download Attribune's ATF Cleaner and then SUPERAntiSpyware , Free Home Version. Save both to desktop .. DO NOT run yet.
Open SUPER from icon and install and Update it
Under Scanner Options make sure the following are checked (leave all others unchecked):
Close browsers before scanning.
Scan for tracking cookies.
Terminate memory threats before quarantining.
Click the "Close" button to leave the control center screen and exit the program. DO NOT run yet.

Now reboot into Safe Mode: How to start Windows in Safe Mode
Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.
Under Main "Select Files to Delete" choose: Select All.
Click the Empty Selected button.
If you use Firefox browser click Firefox at the top and choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
If you use Opera browser click Opera at the top and choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.

NOW Scan with SUPER
Open from the desktop icon or the program Files list
On the left, make sure you check C:\Fixed Drive.
Perform a Complete scan. After scan,Verify they are all checked.
Click OK on the summary screen to quarantine all found items.

If asked if you want to reboot, click "Yes" and reboot normally.
To retrieve the removal information after reboot, launch SUPERAntispyware again.
Click Preferences, then click the Statistics/Logs tab.
Under Scanner Logs, double-click SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log.
If there are several logs, click the current dated log and press View log. A text file will open in your default text editor.
Click Close to exit the program.
Reboot PC to Normal.

Please ask any needed questions and Let us know how it went.
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