Hello Good People of Bleeping Computer!
I'm in the final stages of fixing a friend's computer that had been infected with Malware. If you're interested in the details of the fix, you can refer to this post:Malware Posting for Vae Victis
The last entry in that post from the fabulous volunteer that's helping me clear my friend's computer recommends this:
"There is one problem left with the system that should be fixed. ComboFix identified 52 different modules with bad digital signatures which means that the Windows catroot catalog was probably corrupted by the infection. The recommended fix is to reinstall SP3 (service pack 3), but I am probably not the guy to help you with that. I think you would be better off getting someone from the XP operating system forum to assist you."
And so here I am. My friend's laptop seems to be clear of the effects of the Malware for now, but it appears that if I don't go through this step of reinstalling SP3, I might still run into troubles. I thought that I might try the Add or Remove Software control panel, but even though Service Pack 3 is listed, it doesn't provide the option to remove it. I wouldn't have done it anyways without asking the advice of this forum, but I wanted to see if it was even an option. So, can anyone out there provide some guidance on how to go about implementing the advice from the Malware thread so I can reinstall SP3 and start moving on with my life???
Please? Let me know if there's information you need regarding my friend's system. It's an HP Laptop with Windows XP, Home Edition, Version 2002, Service Pack 3, AMD Turion 64 Mobile.
Thanks so much for any assistance you can offer.