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#1 Matt 20 1

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 07:17 AM

I have a computer that is quite a few years old. My mum has been using it for a while, and it seemed to have quite a bit wrong with it last time I used it, so I decided to fix it up as much as I could. A problem I have no idea about how to fix is this:

Whenever a USB is attached to the computer, the autorun thingy runs, but when you try to open it to view files, I get the following error message:
"Windows cannot find 'SySTem.Exe'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the start button, and then click Search."

I can still access the files on the USB by searching for the file on it, but that's really annoying, and I really want to fix it. So what is system.exe? why isn't it there? is it a good or bad file? It sounds like malware to me, but I have no idea. Please help.

Also, the CD ROM drive doesn't work. In device manager, a yellow icon appears next to it. I uninstalled it and re-booted the computer, with no luck. If it helps, it is PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-108. If anyone knows how to fix one or both of the problems, it would really help!

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-Matt

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Edited by hamluis, 07 June 2010 - 08:16 AM.


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Posted 07 June 2010 - 07:50 AM

I think your USB device may have a virus, system.exe is not a Windows file. You may want to post for help with that in the "Am I infected?" section.

As far as the CD-ROM drive, it is quite possible that it simply failed. Is there another machine you could try it in or another CD-ROM drive that you could try in this machine?
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Posted 07 June 2010 - 04:25 PM

thanks.

With the CD Drive, I downloaded Daemon tools, and the virtual drivers do not work either. In device manager, there is another CD drive (I can't remember its name right now), but it has the same yellow mark next to it. does the actual CD drive affect virtual devices? and if not, how can I fix the problem.

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 10:47 PM

Hello try cleaning the USB drive.
Please download Flash_Disinfector.exe by sUBs and save it to your desktop.
  • Double-click Flash_Disinfector.exe to run it and follow any prompts that may appear.
  • The utility may ask you to insert your flash drive and/or other removable drives. Please do so and allow the utility to clean up those drives as well.
  • Hold down the Shift key when inserting the drive until Windows detects it to keep autorun.inf from executing if it is present.
  • Wait until it has finished scanning and then exit the program.
  • Reboot your computer when done.
Note: As part of its routine, Flash_Disinfector will create a hidden folder named autorun.inf in each partition and every USB drive that was plugged in when you ran it. Do not delete this folder...it will help protect your drives from future infection by keeping the autorun file from being installed on the root drive and running other malicious files.
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