Have been far to ashamed to show my ignorance by posting before but here goes nothing!
My computer was infected by a usb key given to me by someone. My antivirus caught the attack and deleted various files. Since the delete of these files I have been experiencing error messages on startup such as "Windows cannot find svc.exe. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search a file, click the Start button, and then click Search" (svc.exe NOT svchost.exe). It also throws a registry error relating to svc.exe. I cannot run internet explorer and I cannot download any executables in firefox. Occasionally I will get visual studios crashes regarding iexplorer.exe or explorer.exe. I will attach my hijackthis log. Thank you to anyone who can offer any advice as I am currently at my wits end.
Nothing relating to iexplorer seems to run. Even the internet options in the control panel have disappeared and when I locate inetcpl.cpl in windowssystem32 and double click on it nothing happens.. I tried running as admin too but no avail.. Please help if you can. Desperation is setting in..
EDIT: Posts merged ~BP
EDIT: I deleted F3 - REG:win.ini: load=C:\WINDOWS\svc.exe
This has got rid of my startup errors. The other errors persist. Waiting patiently
EDIT: This has been resolved. I reinstalled svchost by putting in my installation cd. running
"expand D:\svchost.ex_ C:\windows\system32"
and installing updates from microsoft download center.
The computer then allowed me to install iexplorer. I downloaded the .exe from another computer.
This reinstated my internet options in the control panel and so I could change the security settings back to default and allow downloads again.
Everything seems hunky dorey at present and no errors have been thrown but watch this space
Edited by farreltr, 16 August 2010 - 10:41 PM.
Moved from XP forum to Malware Removal Logs ~ Hamluis.