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#1 djnix

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Posted 13 April 2006 - 08:31 PM

ill admit im a little uninformed when it comes to computers. i was running a spyware remover and it somehow deleted some of my hkey references. is there anyway i can fix this? all of the icons except folders read for example, internet.ink
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Posted 13 April 2006 - 08:33 PM

Welcome to Bleeping Computer! :thumbsup:

You could try a system restore to restore your settings back to the way they were before. More info on this can be found HERE.
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Posted 13 April 2006 - 08:46 PM

even that comes up as a .ink file. it comes up with a message saying
windows cannot recognize this file:
File: system restore.ink
to open this file, windos needs to know what program created it. windows can go online and look it up or you can select it manually. and when i click go online it says its an unknown file too.

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Posted 13 April 2006 - 09:05 PM

Can you still open your antivirus program? Does it have a repair feature for the damage it's done? If you can't open anything, it seems doubtful that you will be able to restore anything to its previous function. Even a repair install may not work since your file associations are so damaged that your data files have the wrong extensions.

And isn't it "lnk" rather than "ink"?

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Posted 13 April 2006 - 09:25 PM

See if this helps:
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Posted 14 April 2006 - 09:02 AM

spyware remover and it somehow deleted some of my hkey references. is there anyway i can fix this?

Don't know which "spyware remover" you used but many have a backup option to restore from.
Looked there yet?

Edited by HitSquad, 14 April 2006 - 09:05 AM.


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Posted 14 April 2006 - 05:22 PM

I do not want to be a spoilsport or anything like that but the hkey references is in the system registry. If he trashed the registry I am pretty sure his system is toast and should look to reinstalling from scratch.

Here is an article from PC World on how to reinstall windows:

http://www.pcworld.com/howto/article/0,aid...6,tk,urx,00.asp

If you have to reinstall windows and have never done this before I would suggest using this article and also someone who has done this before right along with you.

Also what program were you using when this happened? None of this "I think it was this program" please we have to know what program exactly.

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Posted 14 April 2006 - 06:07 PM

Do you have a Windows XP full installation disk?
Or a Restore Disk from the computer manufacturer?
Or does you computer have a restore partition on the hard drive? (some manufacturers place a restore partition on the hard drive instead of providing a restore disk).

Have you ever done a backup of the registry before you used the antimalware program and does that program have a restore button to revert the registry to the state it was in before you trashed it?

Edited by Enthusiast, 14 April 2006 - 06:08 PM.


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Posted 15 April 2006 - 09:26 AM

If he trashed the registry I am pretty sure his system is toast and should look to reinstalling from scratch.

Hi djnix, I don't think your registry is totally trashed yet. I would agree with this statement if you were unable to boot your system. So I believe a reinstall is premature at this point--you may have to eventually but we're not at that point yet.

Modifying the registry is required to remove malware nowadays aqnd unfortunately automatic scanners alone will rarely solve the problem. My advice is that you should post a HijackThis log so you can be guided thru the process of what needs to be done by someone with experience who knows what and how to make correct modifications, manually if necessary. But before you can do that, you need your exe file associations restored, so let's concentrate on that for now.

1. Try the instuctions in tg1911's post. That should fix the problem. If you have any questions at all please post back here and we can help you with it. And in general we really need your feedback to know what to do to help you better.

2. Please tell us what scanner caused this problem. It could be a rogue/fraud program that actually infected your system in the first place. If it's a legit program we'll know better how to help you with it by giving specific instructions.

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