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System Restore Problem

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#1 sammyd


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Posted 03 June 2006 - 06:07 PM

hi, wondered if anybody can help me.

im running windows XP and have recently had problems with updating my norton security and think i may have altered the registry and some other files that i shouldnt have. i wanted to do a system restore to go back to before the update.

system restore is on. but when i try to run system restore, all that comes up is a blank box and nothing happens. iv read through the other system restore threads on this site and have tried various different ways of system restore such as doing the restore through msconfig and after booting in safe mode but none of these things work.

any suggestions would be appreciated loads cos im struggling here and its annoying me!!


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Posted 03 June 2006 - 09:16 PM

If System Restore doesn't have any restore points there is nothing you can do to use restore to go back to a date that does not exist.

Have you ever done a system state backup?

Or have you ever created copies of the registry? (If you ever used any ap that altered the registry like Spybot you should have)

By default, System Restore should set restore points every time new programs are installed. It is curious that you didn't have any, which makes me suspect that there may be malware on your computer.

Run both Adaware and Spybot Search and Destroy from safe mode, updating each program’s malware definitions before you scan and allowing both to fix what they find.

If you do not already have these freeware aps installed on your computer, you can get them at the following sites:

*AdAware SE: http://www.majorgeeks.com/download506.html

*Spybot S&D: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html

Following that that I suggest you post a “HijackThis” log for expert assistance with your malware infection.

Read the pinned post in our “HijackThis” forum,
Carefully read and follow all directions explicitly.

Following instructions create a HJT log, and POST THE HJT LOG YOU CREATED IN OUR HJT FORUM – not in this forum,
at this link.
Include the specs for your computer (ie, processor, amount of RAM, brand or motherboard, etc, and briefly describe the problem you are experiencing.)

Unless you are expert at editing the registry, Do not use the Hijack This program to try to fix anything by yourself as even what may seem to be a small mistake can render your operating system inoperable.
Some files when in the correct folder for them may be fine while in another may be malware hiding.

A member of our expert HJT Team will analyze your log, make recommendations and offer assistance, walking you through the complete repair process.

It may take a period of time to get a response to the log you posted because the members of our HJT Team are kept very busy.
Please be patient as this team is manned by volunteers. They will help you in order received as soon as possible.

Once you have posted your HJT log, please DO NOT make any additional posts in the HJT forum thread you created until you get a response from a member of our HJT expert team, and do not make any changes to your system (changes, including any attempted repairs, will make your computer to be different than displayed in the log you posted and therefore make your log inaccurate).

The first criteria the HJT Team has when looking for logs that need replies are posts showing 0 replies. If you make an additional post, it will show as having 1 reply.
A team member, looking for a new log that requires help might well assume another HJT Team member is already assisting you and might not open the thread to respond.

So, post your HJT Log in our HJT Forum (not here in this forum) and wait for a response from a HJT team member.

Edited by Enthusiast, 03 June 2006 - 09:20 PM.

#3 sammyd

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Posted 04 June 2006 - 10:44 AM

yeh cheers i'll do what u suggested. i dont think its a case of my system restore having no restore points, it just wont open at all. i'll post a hijack this log in the other forum, thanks.

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