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Can only boot in safe mode after running ComboFix

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#1 benalexandria


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Posted 05 March 2010 - 10:17 AM

Not sure if this is the right place to post this topic but here is the background. My wife got malware that had pop-up screens that said she was infected and she should buy "XP antivirus 2010". I ran MalwareBytes and Spybot Search and destroy in normal and safe mode and it appeared the problem was solved. However, hours later "XP anitvirus 2010" problem reappeared. I spoke to a computer friend of mine and he suggested that I run combofix. I downloaded combofix and ran it. It installed "Microsoft Windows Recovery Console" sucessfully then it ran combofix. Combo fix ran fine until it forced a reboot. It tried to reboot in "normal mode" and failed. At that time, I restarted the computer and it sucessfully ran in "safe mode". At that time combofix continued to run and it completed and created the Combofix log file. Now I may have a computer that does not have malware (it does not show up in "safe Mode"). However, I want to get the computer to boot into "normal mode". Suggestions greatly appreciated. Windows does boot beyond the splash screen but at some point before the normal desktop screen appears it stops accessing the disk and does not complete the boot.

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 05 March 2010 - 11:28 AM

Try booting into safe mode...then Disable Automatic Restarts When Windows Crashes - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/74644/how-to-disable-automatic-restarts-when-windows-crashes/.

Once that is done...you can try running BlueScreenView - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/blue_screen_view.html.

Double-click the BlueScreenView.exe file to run the program.

When scanning is done, Edit/Select All...then File/Save Selected Items and save the report as BSOD.txt.?

Open BSOD.txt in Notepad, copy all content, and paste it into your next reply.


#3 garmanma


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Posted 05 March 2010 - 12:02 PM

Your userinit.exe file was probably infected and Combofix removed it
Since you installed the Recovery Control Panel this should not be too much of a problem for the Malware Removal team

Post your Combofix log here:
Explain what happened
They will walk you through the steps to get it to boot again and then follow up to make sure you are virus-free

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 01:19 PM

Since benalexandria has posted a log here in the Malware Removal forum I will close this topic for now to reduce confusion. If this topic needs to be reopened please feel free to pm any moderator and request it to be opened again for you.

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