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Unchecking items in 'Autoruns'

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#1 Reggie444


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Posted 09 March 2012 - 03:25 PM


I have a pretty nasty virus on a machine running XP. I've tried gads of antivirus scans from multiple vendors, anti-rootkit scans, registry cleaners of all kinds to no avail. I'm now at the point where I am trying to manually remove items using the Autoruns program.

My specific question is:
In Autoruns, certain entries are highlighted in pink and the image path is registered as 'File Not Found'
My assumption is it's okay to uncheck these, but I want to make sure when I go to reboot that I will still have access to my computer. I don't want the system to lock up and fail and not be able to access it again.

I have been using the file database to check file names one at a time. I'm hoping that since these files that are listed as 'File Not Found' that unchecking them should be okay since they are either viruses or leftovers from software I uninstalled long ago. I just want to double check with everyone.

Thanks for your help!

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 08:27 AM

Autoruns will often list necessary drivers as File Not Found even though the files are present on the computer. Unless you know exactly what the file is, it is best to leave it alone.

As for infection, I'd advise posting in the Am I Infected forum for initial assistance. Please describe the problems with your computer and what you have done to resolve them.

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