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Stuck in Safemode


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#1 weseltosse

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Posted 08 June 2005 - 05:10 PM

I had a virus on my laptop and managed to catch it before it was too late. I was unable to open Norton Virus Scan, but I managed to restart in Safemode NoGUI and I scanned w/ ad-aware and deleted a few files myself. After doing this, I decided to do a Windows repair using the recovery CD that came with the computer. Unfortunately, I forgot to set the computer to reboot back in normal mode. So, when the repair completed, I received a message saying, "Setup cannot continue in Safe-mode. Computer will now restart." I tried restarting and I got the same prompt. I tried holding F8 to select the boot normally option, and set it to do so, but the same prompt comes up. I've also tried using the Windows Recovery Console, (the version of DOS on the CD), but it doesn't allow me to edit boot.ini or even open any executables. I have no idea what to do with it now, and I'd rather not do a complete reformat. I've thought about loading another copy of Windows XP, but I have no idea how this will work. If anyone has suggestions, I would be really happy to hear them.

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Posted 08 June 2005 - 07:23 PM

From Safe Mode, go to Start -> Run and type msconfig.

Then, on the General tab, choose "normal startup," and click apply. Close MSCONFIG and restart and see if that works.

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Posted 08 June 2005 - 07:38 PM

AdAware does not detect or remove viruses - only spyware!

What you should do now is utilize at least two or three of the following web based anti-malware scans. Set them to fix what they find.

You have to use IE as they operate using Active X which only IE has:

Web based online Antivirus and anti-malware scans: (these can be run regardless of whatever else you are using. You must use Internet Explorer to run these.)

Panda Activescan (IE only)
http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/co...n_principal.htm

Trend Micro antivirus and malware scan:
http://housecall-beta.trendmicro.com/en/st...orp.asp?id=scan

Etrust Anti-virus web scanner
http://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspx

Kaspersky Anti-Virus Web Scanner
http://www.kaspersky.com/service?chapter=161739400#betatest

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Posted 09 June 2005 - 12:31 AM

Thanks, I managed to use DOS on the recovery CD to repair my boot.ini file. The computer's working fine now.

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Posted 09 June 2005 - 01:45 AM

Using the repair option on the windows cd will not remove the virus.....chances are the virus is still operating with a view bad files.

You should reformat, but delete al partitions and remake them so you have no traces of anything on there.




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