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Manually Restore Hosed Registry?

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#1 ontrack


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Posted 15 August 2008 - 12:18 PM

I've got a computer that seems to have been infected by something called "Antivirus 2008". I used combofix, hijackthis, cleanup! and sysclean. I beleive I have it cleaned off but it seems that the registry is all hosed up. All the restore points were deleted. I was able to undelete a couple of restore points (using GetDataBack for NTFS on a WinPE cd) but then the restore fails.

Symptoms at this point:

-Computer boots up and apears to load fine
-Desktop cleanup wizard is enabled. I try to disable it but it wont.
-Computer seems to reboot after everything is loaded from startup
-Can boot into safemode
-Nothing noteable in the event viewer
-No strange services

Windows XP Pro SP3
Norton 360 (useless)

Is there a way to manually copy the restore point back into the live system? I tried from the WinPE environment to copy the stuff from the restore point and renaming the files into the \windows\system32\config folder (such as SYSTEM and SOFTWARE (backed up the broke ones)) but that was a no go.

Thanks for any advice.


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Posted 15 August 2008 - 01:47 PM

Did someone assit you with these tools on another forum or did you run them yourself? There is a good chance that you are still infected
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Posted 15 August 2008 - 06:37 PM

IME a manual system restore only works about 50% of the time - and that's when you have relatively recent points to use for it.

I agree with garmanma in thinking that you may still be infected. Once you're sure that the infection is gone, I'd suggest a repair install of Windows to fix the registry issues (it should leave your programs and files intact). http://support.microsoft.com/kb/917964
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