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XP reboots continuously as soon as windows logo appears

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#1 beetgiuce


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Posted 04 March 2010 - 01:06 AM

When I start windows xp, I am able to select between operating systems: MS Windows Recovery Console or MS Windows XP Pro. This option is available because of an earlier malware removal. If I select the XP Pro, I then select if I want to start windows normally or in safe mode. No matter which I select, the logo appears briefly, then a blue screen flashes for a second, and then the system reboots. Is there any way to recover my system? I can enter the recovery console, but from there only have access to files on the C drive. CD'ing into any folders gives me a permissions error. I'm thinking I can just copy everything from C to an external HD in the recovery console and then reinstall WIN XP, but would be better if I could at least boot up first. Also I do have combofix in the root dir of C...didn't want to run it without instructions though. Can't download hijack from the recovery console so I cannot post those logs. Fingers crossed there's still hope!

Thanks for your help,


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#2 fenzodahl512


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Posted 04 March 2010 - 11:16 AM

From a clean computer I need you to do this...

We need to create some logs

First.........After you have successfully burned the OTLPE ISO to disc you will need to transfer the disc to the CD drive of your sick computer and boot from it.
  • Insert the CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive, and then restart the computer.
  • If your PC is not booting from the CD, you need to change the boot order:[list]
  • Restart your PC
  • As soon as you get an image, press the Setup key. This is usually F2, or Del. On some machines the key can also be a different one. It should, however, be stated on the screen which key is the setup key.
  • Once you enter the computer's BIOS, use the arrow keys and tab key to move between elements. Press enter to select an item to change.
  • Navigate to the tab, where you can set the boot order. It should be called Boot or Boot order
  • The tab should now show your current boot order.
    If the CD-drive is not at the top, please navigate to the CD-Rom drive with the keys arrows. Then move it to the top of the list. The keys for switching boot position are usually + to move up and - to move down. However they can be different, but they should be stated in the help, so that you can find them easily.
  • Once the CD-drive is on top of the boot order, navigate to Exit and select Exit saving changes.
  • Your PC should now boot from your CD.
  • Click to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD-ROM drive if you are prompted.
[*]Please be patient as "Windows" loads
[*]Your system should now display a REATOGO-X-PE desktop.
[*]Double click on the icon on your desktop.
[*]When asked "Do you wish to load the remote registry", select Yes
[*]When asked "Do you wish to load remote user profile(s) for scanning", select Yes
[*]Ensure the box "Automatically Load All Remaining Users" is checked and press OK
[*]OTL should now start. Change the following settings
  • Under "Extra Registry" please check "Use Safelist" and also check "LOP Check" and "Purity Check" as pictured.
  • Copy and Paste the following code into the textbox. Do not include the word "Code"

    Please note: Double click the Firefox Icon on the desktop to connect to this thread if you have a Wired connection otherwise you can use a flash drive and copy this script into a txt file from a clean computer to transfer to this computer.

    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\*.
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\*.exe /s
    %APPDATA%\*.exe /s
    %systemroot%\*. /mp /s
    %systemroot%\system32\*.dll /lockedfiles
  • Push
  • When finished, the file will be saved in drive C:\OTL.txt
  • Please post the contents of the C:\OTL.txt file in your next reply.
  • Copy this file to your USB drive if you do not have an internet connection.

Also its wise to backup all your data via OTLPE environment as who knows if you actually have to reformat the hard disk, at very least you already backup your data..

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