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#1 013137

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 03:50 PM

Hello all, I am new to this forum and I'm having a problem regarding google redirecting my searches. I am being redirected to sites like "findanswrsfast.com", "http://www.guide2faucets.com/", and sometimes "yellowbook.com".

So far I have scanned my pc using Malwarebytes, SUPERantispyware, AVG anti-virus, and SPYBOT Search & Destroy. While running those scans and having them fix the infected items DID make my computer run smoother and quicker, google is still redirecting me. I also tend to get popups like "Congradulations, you are a Walmart giftcard winner!"

I have a Dell LATITUDE D610 running Windows XP Home Edition, Version 2002, Service pack 3. And my browser is Mozilla Firefox.

Help is appreciated.

Edit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 03:55 AM

After running superantispyware, malwarebytes, avg antivirus, and spybot search and destroy to clean up my computer, my computer started running a bit quicker and smoother. Although google was STILL redirecting my searches (which is what I was trying to fix by running all of those scans in the first place), I was pleased with how little lag the pc had so I figured that I would just let it be for now.

About an hour ago I was watching a video on YouTube and my computer just shuts down. When i tried turning it back on the windows xp screen with the green sliding loading bar would appear as always, then the screen will go black (with the screen backlight still on), then
after about 20 seconds it would go right back to the
windows xp screen and this cycle would happen over and over again.

What is the problem? When I try to go into safemode, the screen just goes black for about 10 seconds with a whole list of writing like "multi(0)disk(0)rdisc(0)partition(1)\windows\system32\DRIVERs\isapnp.sys", then the reboot loop occurs again.

I have a Dell latitude d610 running windows home edition 2002 (which I never got a cd for from the person that the laptop was purchased from, but I do have a different windows hp home edition cd from my other computer),
service pack 3

Please help!

Edited by hamluis, 20 August 2011 - 07:02 AM.
Merged with AII topic.


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Posted 20 August 2011 - 04:00 AM

Hello and :welcome: to the BC forums.

Please sit tight and be patient.

I have requested that an experienced helper who specialises in malware-related un-bootable computers respond to your topic.

Thank you.
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Posted 20 August 2011 - 11:09 AM

Hi, :welcome:

Lets give it a try.

We will need to view the system status from an external environment. You will need a USB drive and a CD to burn. There will be several steps to follow.

Download GETxPUD.exe to the desktop of your clean computer
  • Run GETxPUD.exe
  • A new folder will appear on the desktop.
  • Open the GETxPUD folder and click on the get&burn.bat
  • The program will download xpud_0.9.2.iso, and upon finished will open BurnCDCC ready to burn the image.
  • Click on Start and follow the prompts to burn the image to a CD.
  • Next download driver.sh to your USB drive
  • Also Download Query.exe to the USB drive. In your working computer, navigate to the USB drive and click on the Query.exe. A folder and a file, query.sh, will be extracted.
  • Remove the USB & CD and insert them in the sick computer
  • Boot the Sick computer with the CD you just burned
  • The computer must be set to boot from the CD
  • In some computers you need to tap F12 and choose to boot from the CD, in others is the Esc key. Please consult your computer's documentation.
  • Follow the prompts
  • A Welcome to xPUD screen will appear
  • Press File
  • Expand mnt
  • sda1,2...usually corresponds to your HDD
  • sdb1 is likely your USB
  • Click on the folder that represents your USB drive (sdb1 ?)
  • Confirm that you see driver.sh that you downloaded there
  • Press Tool at the top
  • Choose Open Terminal
  • Type bash driver.sh
  • Press Enter
  • After it has finished a report will be located on your USB drive named report.txt
  • Then type bash driver.sh -af
  • Press Enter
  • You will be prompted to input a filename.
  • Type the following:

    Winlogon.exe

  • Press Enter
  • If successful, the script will search for this file.
  • After it has completed the search enter the next file to be searched
  • Type the following:

    volsnap.sys

  • Press Enter
  • If successful, the script will search for this file.
  • After it has completed the search enter the next file to be searched
  • Type the following:

    explorer.exe

  • Press Enter
  • After it has completed the search enter the next file to be searched
  • Type the following:

    Userinit.exe

  • Press Enter
  • After the search is completed type Exit and press Enter.
  • After it has finished a report will be located in the USB drive as filefind.txt
  • While still in the Open Terminal, type bash query.sh
  • Press Enter
  • After it has finished a report will be located in the USB drive as RegReport.txt
  • Then type dd if=/dev/sda of=mbr.bin bs=512 count=1


    Leave a space among the following Statements:

    dd is the executable application used to create the backup
    if=/dev/sda is the device the backup is created from - the hard drive when only one HDD exists
    of=mbr.bin is the backup file to create - note the lack of a path - it will be created in the directory currently open in the Terminal
    bs=512 is the number of bytes in the backup
    count=1 says to backup just 1 sector


    It is extremely important that the if and of statements are correctly entered.

  • Press Enter
  • After it has finished a report will be located in the USB drive as mbr.bin
  • Plug the USB back into the clean computer, zip the mbr.bin, and except for the mbr.bin zipped file, post the contents of the report.txt, filefind.txt and RegReport.txt in your next reply. The mbr.bin zipped file must be attached to your reply.

Edited by elise025, 20 August 2011 - 11:24 AM.
Topic moved as requested ~Elise

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 08:15 PM

Thanks for the warm welcome and help so far guys :thumbsup: , but earlier this morning I went to Best Buy and bought a 2.5" PATA hard drive enclosure so that I would be able to recover and backup my music, photos, videos etc. I successfully recovered those files and backed them up on my desktop computer. I was also able to get a windows xp home edition service pack 2 cd with the product key from a relative which I am using right now to repair windows. I'll let you guys know how it goes :thumbsup: .

Edited by 013137, 20 August 2011 - 09:05 PM.


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Posted 20 August 2011 - 10:42 PM

Thanks for the warm welcome and help so far guys :thumbsup: , but earlier this morning I went to Best Buy and bought a 2.5" PATA hard drive enclosure so that I would be able to recover and backup my music, photos, videos etc. I successfully recovered those files and backed them up on my desktop computer. I was also able to get a windows xp home edition service pack 2 cd with the product key from a relative which I am using right now to repair windows. I'll let you guys know how it goes :thumbsup: .

I am sorry, but that doesn't work like that. Once you ha attempted a Repair Install, there is no going back. You bet solution is to perform a Recovery to factory settings. In addition, and since the Product Key being used is not the original as provided by Dell, your actions will be in conflict with Microsoft Copy Rights protection.

In spite we do appreciate your feedback, I have no choice but to close this topic.

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