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Problems after Virus Attack!


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#1 mikem3

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 05:39 AM

I apologise if this is in the wrong place.

My machine runs with XP Pro.

I had an attack today by something called XP Home Security 2012.

After following the instructions in Bleeping Computer for removing
XP Home Security 2011, I now can't use the computer.

Everything that I click on comes up with a window that says "Open With",
"Choose the program you want to use to open this file:"

This includes Browsers, even games, I can't restore to an earlier date
either.

When I try to open a program, I am told "Application not found"

My computer is "Acer Aspire T180-UB7Z" with Dual AMD 64 Processors
and 1 Gig Memory, running XP Pro.

I started in Safe Mode, run rkill, then Malwarebytes which found 10 infections,
these I removed and re-started the computer.

Any response will be appreciated.

Thank you.

Mike.

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#2 mikem3

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 06:05 AM

After posting this plea for help, I went back to my other PC and
re-started it in safe mode.

I then was able to do a systems restore.

After this I got a black screen with the various options to start
the PC, eg., Safe Mode etc., Start Windows Normally, Last known
good configuration etc.

I chose Start Windows Normally, but the black screen came back,
this time I chose the last known configuration and it started OK.

Everything is now available.

I am sorry to have been too hasty in posting, but I hope that my
experience will help somebody else.

Thank you.

Mike.

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 10:08 AM

No harm, no foul :).

Your self-resolution may prompt other users in similar situations...to try a few things...in an effort to self-resolve...if nothing else, it's a reminder that Last Known Good is a very good alternative to attempt when system problems occur.

Thanks for posting your resolution...happy computing :).

Louis




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