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#1 benresch

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Posted 28 June 2005 - 04:27 PM

Please help. My computer was/is riddled with STDs. I ran spybot, ad-aware, ewido, and hijack this in safe mode, then restarted. Now I have no start menu, desktop icons, or explorer (among other things, I'm sure). Luckily, I can start most programs through Windows task manager, including Firefox. System restore didn't work. I don't know how to fix this.

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Posted 28 June 2005 - 06:24 PM

With that many problems id say just do a clean format. start new.

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Posted 28 June 2005 - 06:37 PM

Most likely you had either a bube infection, or a VX2 variant. They both infect explorer.exe. One of your scans recognized it as malicious, and deleted or renamed it for you. If you can, get a fresh copy of explorer.exe and place copies in your system32 directory, and system32]\dllcache folders. See if that gets you back on track at all.

Explorer controls the icons and taskbars and such, so maybe if you get it back on there, you won't have to reformat.

#4 benresch

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Posted 29 June 2005 - 01:17 PM

I haven't been able to find a fresh copy of explorer.exe. How might I do this? And if I am able to find a copy, how can I copy it into the system32 folders without windows explorer? And just in case, how can I format?

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Posted 29 June 2005 - 01:56 PM

If you can get a clean copy of exporer.exe, then you will have to use a command line prompt to move it into the proper directory. If you need to reinstall, then you are going to need operating system disks. Do you have those?

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Posted 29 June 2005 - 02:12 PM

If you have your xp disk I would try doing a repair installion first this way you will not lose any files, settings

Boot with xp disk proceed as if you were going to do a clean installl not the recovery console and then press r to repair the exsiting installion

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Posted 29 June 2005 - 06:01 PM

Problem fixed. Repair install did nothing. I had to reinstall windows completely.
Thank you, everyone.

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Posted 29 June 2005 - 06:20 PM

That sucks. Make sure, then, that you get some protection on your system in order that you don't have to go through that again.




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