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Corrupt ecache.sys - won't boot vista

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#1 Eve84


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Posted 19 August 2010 - 08:08 PM


I have been having issues with removing the google redirect virus. I was following the steps on how to remove it from a forum and part of that was to run combofix. I realise now that this was a big mistake on my part. Here is what happened:

Ran combofix and it told me it needed to restart to fix certain issues.
Upon restart I now get the error 'Boot critical file c:\windows\system32\drivers\ecache.sys is corrupt' and it won't let me start up Windows Vista (32 bit)

I tried the other options on the screen, ie. run in safe mode, run in safe mode with command prompt etc and it doesn't make a difference. Is there a way to fix ecache.sys? And if not, and I have to format and reinstall windows in its entirety is there a way to save my data on an external harddrive - even though I cant get into windows?

Your help would be greatly appreciated.

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#2 Elise


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Posted 20 August 2010 - 01:37 AM

Hello, and welcome to BleepingComputer!

Please let me know if you have your Vista DVD at hand and/or if you can access the Startup Repair option when you tap the F8 key on startup.

regards, Elise

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