I'm on Windows XP Home, SP3.
I seemed to have been attacked by a virus that got into my explorer.exe file. Evidently my anti-malware program deleted explorer.exe to prevent the virus from doing damage. This of course, had negative consequences. Thus, I couldn't log in properly (which was bad), but my data was still intact (which was good).
Nothing seemed to get explorer.exe back, so I repaired Windows XP through the boot CD options. This brought me back to SP2 (along with resetting tons of other stuff, like reverting IE back to IE6). Programs and data remained intact. At this point, although I had explorer.exe back, and I could boot up and log in, I was only able to do so in safe mode (or in safe mode with networking, which is why I have internet access). When the system tries to boot up normally, it gives the following error:
STOP: 0x0000007E(0xC0000005, 0xF7310184, 0xF7AC9D44, 0xF7AC9A40)
Above the error message there are some generic instructions and possible causes described. I can write those down if necessary, and post them here, but they seemed somewhat generic.
I've done the following to try to fix the problem:
Disabled all startup items.
Disabled all services.
Set BIOS options to defaults (this was one setting I changed in the BIOS options, to restore the settings to default as per the instructions from a friend)
Updated drivers for any errors occurring in device manager.
Temporarily removed some unsigned device drivers (not all of them, however, because I don't know what most of them are, and I'm afraid of causing worse damage)
Went into Recovery Console and typed "disable intelppm" as per the instructions in this KB article
I'm not sure what else I can do to figure out this problem and get windows to boot up again without errors. Does anyone have any other troubleshooting suggestions for how to resolve this issue?
Edited by hamluis, 31 August 2010 - 09:45 AM.
Moved from XP forum to Am I Infected ~ Hamluis.