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Possible Hack, Computer Refuses To Load


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#1 ichthys

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Posted 10 August 2006 - 12:44 AM

So, my wife and I are laying in bed, and I hear a *Bleep!* (windows pop-up error sound) and the computer restarts itself.

It got back to the user screen, and I just clicked shutdown, because I didn't have time to mess with it.

This morning, I try to boot it, and it reaches the desktop graphic, but the desktop icons never show up, the start bar and lower right icons never show up, and the windows intro music never plays.

So, I shut it down since I had to go to work.

So, my wife calls me at work, and I suggest to try and start it in Safe Mode. I had her run an error checking status on it, and it says it cannot until next boot up. Well, she's already run error check, and it says everything is 10-4.

She's stated that if you try to start it in Safe Mode, there's a huge list on a black DOS-type background with all the windows files on it.

I'll see if I can't get more information.

Do we need to format, or is there anything else we can try?

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Posted 10 August 2006 - 01:49 AM

Hmm, well I've fiddled with it a little bit.

I can CtrlAltDel and bring up the processes screen, and I can run MsConfig from the New Process button.

Man, that's weird. All the desktop icons are gone, and the start bar is completely gone. Just a mouse cursor, and the background.

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Posted 10 August 2006 - 02:05 AM

I've finally got my computer to boot up. It literally took 20 minutes to load all of the icons and start bar.

The CPU usage is jumping from 36% to 100% usage, and when it hits 100%, I get a message of:

vsmon.exe - Bad Image

The application or DLL C:\WINDOWS\System32\vswmi.dll is not a valid Windows image. Please check this against your installation diskette.

I'm gonna run system scan, and see if that'll fix it.

Suggestions are welcomed.

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Posted 10 August 2006 - 08:16 AM

Try running System Restore to a date from before the problem began.

start/programs/accessories/system tools/system restore

If that doesn't solve the problem boot to safe mode and use "Last Known Good Configuration"

Edited by Enthusiast, 10 August 2006 - 08:17 AM.





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