When I turn on Windows normally, all the icons and the 'START' bar as well. Only the backround is present.
I tried bringing the Windows Task Manager using [CTRL]+[ALT]+[DEL] & [CTRL]+[SHIFT]+[ESC] but nothing happened.
Then, I tried to fix the problem in Safe mode but even THERE the icons and the 'START' bar were missing. Luckily, I was able to bring the Windows Task Manager. It seemed that explorer.exe had some "problems". So I copied a new explorer.exe, a healthy one, and pasted in the sick computer. I've brought task manager and there... I've activated again and the icons and the 'START' bar returned.
Excited, I thought that the problem was solved. I was wrong. When I restarted it, normally, the problem was still there.
Further info about explorer.exe
I'm not really sure but explorer.exe seems fine and works in Safe mode but not when I start Windows normally.
Have any of you heard of explorer.exe.vir ?
Here's what happened: when I've pasted the healthy explorer.exe into the computer, at the task manager, it gave me two results of what to "activate":
I'm not sure of the '.vir' one. It seemed executable but I haven't found the icon.
Further info about explorer.exe ends here
So I've followed others advice and downloaded several programs to fix it. Although, with many infected files, it still dind't made any changes.
The SUPERAntiSpyware, after a scan, it could repair some corrupted or infected programs. I've selected them, clicked Repair and then it asked me to restart. I've restarted and nothing was fixed.
***Repair with the Windows XP original CD***
At some point, I tried to repair using Windows' original CD. I know the obvious steps:
At the 3rd step, some "different" options appeared and there wasn't a repair option. Here's what it gave me at step #3:
As you can see, there isn't a Repair option.
Everytime I start in Safe mode, a window pops-up to tell me that if I want to:
Windows is running in safe mode.
This special diagnostic mode of Windows enables you to fix a problem which may be caused by your network or hardware settings. Make sure these settings are correct in Control Panel, and then try starting Windows again. While in safe mode, some of your devices may not be avaible.
To proceed to work in safe mode, click "Yes". If you prefer to use System Restore to restore your computer to a previous state, click "No".
I've clicked "Yes", I've selected a date from December and it continued to restore the system.
It finished the restoration in short time (too short...) and when I started normally... poof, the problem was still there.
Mad, I started, again, in Safe mode and the first window to pop-up was about the restoration: it failed and no changes were made.
I've searched some more for my trouble and I've found out that another, possible, threat would be this winlogon.exe.
Without wanting to do any more stuff of my own, I came here to seek help.
Please, let's keep the option to reinstall Windows as a last 'n desperate solution. What happened to me was all in the sudden, unprepared and I'd lose important data.
***GMER -unable to save the log-***
I have tried as much as possible to follow all the steps from the Preparation guide.
At the part where I have to save the log of GMER was impossible to do because:
1- The screen resolution, in Safe mode, is 640 by 480 pixels & I can't change the resolution in Safe mode
2- To save the log, I had to click the Save button but... it is too deep and I couldn't get there, even if I had to change the window's size, so to speak.
I'm sorry but I couldn't save the GMER log file.
I'll attach the other two.
Please excuse me if I had to break a step/rule but I'm very tired (it's nearly midnight) and I was in the weekend in the mountains and some hours ago I just came home.
My other topic: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic385614.html/page__gopid__2176535#entry2176535
Edited by Trexman, 20 March 2011 - 04:56 PM.