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#1 geotan

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Posted 27 October 2006 - 02:33 AM

Good Morning to all you Gurus.
I have searched the Forums and can not find a solution to my problem.
It all started with adverts popping up all over the place.
I have "Pop Up Blocker" set to Highest.
On my computer I have AVG, CC Cleaner, Windows Defender and Ad-Aware.
Following the threads here I downloaded Spy Bot. Each time I ran it, it found the same 19 items each time, but I still have the pop up adverts.
I installed Panda. It found nothing.
I installed Bit Defender. Each time I tried to run it it crashed my computer.
I tried Windows Live Care, but part way through the first scan my screen went blank. I tried a reboot but no luck. I had to force quit and then restart.
I decided to reinstall Windows as a last resort, but got the message that there was a newer version on my computer.
This is using the same disc that came with my computer [not a recovery disc]. I have used this disc before to install Windows when I melted my hard drive.
So my question is how do I uninstall Windows so that I can do a fresh install?
I apologize for being so long winded but I am getting very frustrated.
Somehow I have managed to write this without profanities.
Looking forward to all responses.
Thank you in advance.
GEORGE.

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Posted 27 October 2006 - 10:19 AM

The reason for your problem as you have stated it in the above post is that you most likely have SP2 installed now and your original disk probably did not.

To resolve that issue you must make a slipstreamed copy of your installation disk that incorporates SP2.

Slipstreaming Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2)
http://winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp..._slipstream.asp

AutoStreamer slipstreaming ap for slipstreaming XP with SP2
http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4444.html

#3 geotan

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Posted 27 October 2006 - 10:59 AM

Enthusiast,
Thank you for replying. If SP2 is the problem, couldn't I just delete it from the "Add/Remove Software" folder?
GEORGE.

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Posted 27 October 2006 - 11:15 AM

Enthusiast,
Thank you for replying. If SP2 is the problem, couldn't I just delete it from the "Add/Remove Software" folder?
GEORGE.



GeoTan,
if you want a complete new install, you could format the drive using a 98 Boot disk, and running fdisk.
That will wipe the drive, and after a format, boot from the WinXP CD for a fresh install.

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Posted 27 October 2006 - 12:39 PM

You could uninstall SP2, but then you will have a completely unpatched system when you first connect to the internet.

It is far better to have SP2 already installed.

Have you tried using our Hijack This forum to help rid your system of malware which might be a far better choice than a full restore and loosing all your data and installed programs?

If you want to take advantage of our HJT forum and our malware removal experts:

Run The Windows OneCare Free Scan (on-line scan)
To run the Windows One Care Free Scan
Go to Windows Live Onecare Free Scan site using Internet Explorer.
It will say "Get a free PC safety scan"
http://safety.live.com/site/en-us/default.htm

Make sure you click "Full Service Scan" in the middle of the page and
not the "Try It Now Free" offer on the right side.

Allow the download of an Active X component.
Choose "Complete Scan" in the window that opens
Click "Next"
Do not click on anything else that offers you a free trial or to sign up if you live in the US.

Allow it to scan - it may take quite a while, possibly two hours or so depending on the size of your hard drive is and how fragmented your registry and drive may be.

After completing the Windows OneCare Free Scan run both Adaware and Spybot Search and Destroy from safe mode, (updating each program’s malware definitions before you reboot into safe mode to run the scans) and allow 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 in the “Hijack This” Logs and Analysis Forum for expert assistance with your malware infection.

Read the pinned post in our “HijackThis Logs and Analysis” forum,
here
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/34773/preparation-guide-for-use-before-using-malware-removal-tools-and-requesting-help/
Carefully read and follow all directions.

Following the instructions create a HJT log, and POST THE HJT LOG THAT YOU CREATED IN OUR HJT LOGS AND ANALYSIS FORUM – not in this forum,
at this link.
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/posthjtlog.html
Include the specs for your computer (i.e., what 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 short period of time to get a response to the log you posted because the members of our HJT Team are kept very busy.
Posting your Hijack This log anywhere but in the Hijack This Logs and Analysis forum will delay their response as it will require a moderator to move the log there before the HJT Team will see it and it will fall behind other logs posted after yours was posted, so be sure to post your log in the Hijack This Logs and Analysis forum.

Please be patient as this team is manned by volunteers. They will help you in order received as soon as possible.

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

After you post your log, please do not make any changes to your computer. Discontinue trying to delete anything with any program as changes will make your HJT log obsolete and waste valuable time spent by our HJT experts analyzing the log made inaccurate by changes and therefore their plan formulated to address the problems will also be obsolete.

If after 5 days you still have gotten no response, then post a re-request and a link to your HJT log HERE.
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic14717.html

Make sure you post your HJT log in the HJT forum, not here, because if you post it here in this forum the response from our HJT Team will be delayed because the post will have to be moved before they see it and it will fall in line behind many others posted that same day.

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Posted 29 October 2006 - 08:24 AM

I thought that I would update you on my problem
I downloaded Windows OneCare Free Scan and ran it. At 1% of the scan it would disappear from my screen. I tried this 5 times with the same result.
Saturday morning, I managed to get hold of the person that looks after my computers. He is an IT Programmer and very hard to pin down
Anyway he sent me 2 programmes to try "Virtumundobegone" and "Vundofix". Neither found anything. So I started up in Safe Mode and ran Ad-Aware - it found nothing. I then ran SpyBot and it found Cassinno [yes I am sure that was the spelling] and SexList - which I assume is to do with Adult sites which I never use. I still had my pop-up problem.
I hooked up to his computer via remote and he down loaded HiJack This and removed about 20 items from the list. Since then everything has run smoothly except that when I click on IE Favourites then left hand side of the screen is blanked out or History appears. So now I am waiting for my expert to be available again.
Thank you for your help and suggestions.

GEORGE.




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