A recent malware problem led me to use the solution described above on my daughters computer. As detailed I requested a full scan and as its XP I thought it would solve the problem across all User folders and docs and the whole OS. Not so, for my account the problem has been removed but it has left me unable to access any Windows related programs although the icons still remain but the malware problem is till present on my daughters user account and I am very, very reluctant to run it agin as per the above in case it leads her stranded. None of the problems I am experiencing below affect her user account
On my account it appears that all application and program associations have been lost although things like individual Word docs are still shown in explorer
1) eg when opening word, excel, etc etc it says access is denied - the icons are still all there
2)I have tried to reinstall Office but I get an error message saying 1402 set up cannot open registry key etc etc
2) have tried to find the HKey by 'regedit' via 'run' but it just asks me to 'choose the program i want to open it in' so I cant use regedit
3) No applications in the control panel will open - it says cant find it C\system 32 rundll.exe not found
4) it cannot connect to the internet - clicking on the netgear program it asks me etc etc
I am not sure what else might be affected but the very fact that the slution has only partially worked has left me baffled and I am not totally IT ignorant
Any solutions please
I do have a number of Dell system software discs so I could reload the OS but none of them specifcially say XP.
I also have a Vista disc from another computer
EDIT: Moved from XP forum to Am I Infected, more appropriate ~ Hamluis.
Edited by hamluis, 22 April 2010 - 09:18 AM.