I have a HP media centre PC with Windows XP on the C: and recovery drive on the E: . I have also borrowed a copy of XP Professional SP3 to try and solve my problem.
It all began when a window popped up saying " Are you sure you want to navigate away from this page" , I clicked yes and then bitdefender started to pop up with alerts about the registry being changed. I managed to defeat some sort of malware by running spybot, malware bytes, bit defender and others, but Pc has been left scared from the attack.
The main problem I now get is I cannot boot in safe mode, it just goes in to a loop. When I disable the automatic reboot, it gives the following BLUE SCREEN with error code-
0x0000007E (0xc0000005, 0xF7590211, 0xF78DA700, 0xF78DA3FC).
I can boot in to normal windows ok, 1 or 2 programs have given the NO Disk error, but I just reinstalled them. Windows update also failed to update X64 Error, so I completely uninstalled all the net framework, and put it all back on again, Now it works fine and updates.
The last real problem is the safe mode loop which is driving me crazy, I have run the CHKDSK, and the sfc /scan now which wouldnt quite complete as it asks for xp Pro disk 2, which does not exist, and I changed the registry to point to the CD instead, but still no joy with that, although it did replace some files.
I have checked the error log, but not sure how to diagnose it, as I have some errors that seem to repeat. Cannot view start up log file, as this does not work in safe mode, and i can boot normally fine with no errors. In msconfig I have 1 wrong boot path, which is to the recovery console, and when I try to change to minimal drivers it says " you do not have permission, and need to be a administrator" which I have narrowed down to bitdefender protecting itself from being turned off at start.
I have done all I can think of including running ASO 3 to fix the registry, and was thinking of just doing a repair, but know that is really going to screw up all my programs, and Ill have to install them all again, as well as the 150 + Windows updates !!!
I hope someone can help me with this problem that seems to have been caused by some sort of malware attack, without having to do a reboot or full on repair, which really is a last resort on XP!!
I have not replaced the MRB or boot sector yet, should I consider that?
My system is WinXP media centre edition 2002, SP3- I did not have system restore on at the time of the attack, so no system restore.
Many thanks for any help in advance!
Edited by hamluis, 25 May 2012 - 11:48 AM.
Moved from XP to Am I Infected - Hamluis.