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#1 cowsgonemadd3

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Posted 07 May 2005 - 09:29 AM

I recently went to our farm pc and found and removed viruses and trojans along with a lot of spyware. After that the computer will not start. I put trojan hunter and AVG on there. This computer only has 64mb ram and 266mhz cpu. Now they want to take this thing down to a man to get it fixed. I said its not worth but 50.00 monitor keyboard everything.

Do you think its the trojanhunter and AVG freezing it up even when in safe mode? I tried to get it to start in safe mode but it freezes as soon as it brings the desktop up.

So is there way to get it working again without formatting the hard drive? Is there any way to see if there going to load in the background so I can stop them? It would have to be before windows loads.

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Posted 07 May 2005 - 10:56 AM

Cant it be a hardware problem as in safe mode NO problems loads except Windows OS files..?

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Posted 07 May 2005 - 11:06 AM

It loads to the desktop then the mouse pointer dissapears and the pc freezes.

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Posted 07 May 2005 - 11:14 AM

Have you tried reformat? maybe OS/System files are err..are hurt? lol. Not sure how to say but maybe some System file are not working right and causes this.

Have you tried to repair windows using their feature?

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Posted 07 May 2005 - 11:19 AM

What operating system do you have on that CGM3?

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Posted 07 May 2005 - 04:46 PM

Its a 98 first edition. Is there a way to get the OS off of it onto a cd to reinstall it. We dont have the 98 cd. I got it into safe mode and sure enough those programs were trying to load. I removed them and got it started in normal mode.

Only problem is the icons are blurry and big like in safe mode. If I could get the OS off and re-install it I would be ok. Im going to try to put a cd burner on it so I can backup the files.

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Posted 07 May 2005 - 04:58 PM

Is there a way to get the OS off of it onto a cd to reinstall it.


Not that I know of. You can look to see if the cab files are on the hard drive though. If they are you can reinstall from there, or just install over the top and refresh everything. Go to Start>Find>Files or Folders and do a search for *.cab. If you find a lot of those, look to the right to see where they are, like C:\Windows\Options\Cabs or C:\Win98. Those are the two most likely places.

Only problem is the icons are blurry and big like in safe mode.


Right click the desktop and click properties. On the box that comes up choose settings and under Screen Area move the slider to the right until you get the look you want. 800x600 or 1024x768 is probably what you want.

Backing up the files is always a good idea anyway.

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Posted 07 May 2005 - 05:44 PM

Yeah the thing on the screen size I dont know why I posted that. I knew that!! Sometimes after safe mode or a big failure it does that!

I think I looked for cab files earlier but they were not there. They are on my 98SE but I dont think that one. I will have to look and see.

I have never messed with the cab files teach me something new. How would I re-install with them and what do I do?

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Posted 07 May 2005 - 05:53 PM

If you have a folder with the cab files in it you can just go to Start>Run and browse to that folder and look for setup.exe and click ok and ok. The better way to do it is to boot with a boot disk and when you get to the A:\> you just switch to the C:\> and change directories until you are at the folder the cabs are in and type setup. Or use F8 to get to Safe Mode Command Prompt only.

Let me know if you want to do that and I'll give you the step by step instructions if you can tell me where the cabs are (which folder).

They are on my 98SE but I dont think that one


You could burn those to make a 98 CD to program the other one too.

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