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Xp Pro Will Not Start Except Under Safe Mode


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#1 orbdragon

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 11:24 AM

I have waded through a few pages of search terms (but not all 40-odd that pop up no matter my keywords), but nothing I've yet come across seems to quite match my problem.

My computer begins booting up fine, passes the POST, then flashes white and fades to black like putting pressure on an LCD screen, and goes no further. Sometimes it repeats the white-fade. It's really quite pretty. It shows up on the network, and I can drop files onto it from another machine but the problem computer doesn't visibly enter the operating system. I can, however, start it up just fine in any of the three Safe Mode options and NO others, but when I attempt to restart and fight my way back into Safe Mode, it doesn't treat it like a reboot, making virus removal difficult at best.

I HAVE cleaned out the guts of my machine and made sure everything was properly seated. Up until my computer was infected, it worked pretty normally. Since it doesn't restart properly, I can't get Avast! to schedule a boot-up scan. I have run MBAM and SmitfraudFix. Smitfraud doesn't see anything, but MBAM sees a dozen infected files, tells me it has deleted them, and when I restart they're all back; sometimes with friends.

I KNOW I have an infection - Trojan.Vundo. Perhaps it precipitated this event?

I have received no errors notifications. Except from MBAM when I accidentally try to open it twice.

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 04:18 PM

Do you have a XP CD? Have you considered a reinstallation?
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Posted 26 March 2008 - 04:26 PM

Or try a recovery disk if you don't have a XP disc buy one or order a recovery disk from your computers company :thumbsup:

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 08:11 PM

Backing up my information now in prep for a slick.

XP CD = Yes... It warned me when it first installed that the disk may not be able to be used as a recovery, because it is install only.
Recovery disk = No, the computer is a home-build, therefore no company from whom to buy it :/

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 08:46 PM

You could try various thing from the repair/ recovery console with your XP CD, but it will still be infected. Sometimes repairing a vundo infection you still end up reinstalling. That's why I asked if you considered a clean install

Edited by garmanma, 26 March 2008 - 08:48 PM.

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 11:18 AM

I am virus-free, as certified by Avast! without having to slick my machine. By a stroke of sheerest luck, Avast! was able to run a boot-time scan and got rid of those pesky, randomly-named Vundo DLLs.

My monitor still does the oddly white-fade, but this time my computer seemed to power through and successfully start XP without my having to spend an hour hitting the reset button.

I HOPE this is the last time I need to post to this thread.

Thank you for all your help, and I'll be sure to back up more frequently in the future.




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