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#1 cautiouz

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 12:20 PM

Before I posted this, I did check your search area. I couldnt seem to find the solution :flowers:

anywayzz. After doing a virus scan and found that spysheriff, Tibs, desktop.htt and some other stuff was detected together with a bunch of A0098... in the system volume information folder. AVG deleted it but.. it was still there.

I followed the instructions for removing the spysheriff given and ran autorun and found wowexe, HNK and things which I did remove.

When I rebooted my PC everything went well.. except that after windows went through its scanning and usually after that happens, my desktop shows. Well, this time it didn't... only a pure black screen.

I tried to boot in safemode and I can see the safemode words in the 4-corners of the screen but the rest is black.

Is it possible to recover everything ya think? :thumbsup:

I have (had) Windows XP Home Edition

Oh and another questions. When I tried to do a system restore, it mentioned that my Security folder maybe corrupt, gone or overwritten.

FYI.. I did backup my registry. Is it possible to export the registry back using the command prompt or is it futile at this point? :trumpet:

Thank you for your time and stuff!

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Posted 08 February 2007 - 02:03 AM

If you've got your XP disk boot of that and do a repair install. This will leave your data intact - but you'll have to go through all the Windows updates again.
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Posted 08 February 2007 - 03:02 AM

Could be that your video card drivers were corrupted.

You could do the following :


try to do a repair with sfc/scannow and have your XP disc ready since it will need to copy those files from the disc. Here is an excellent tutorial on that subject.
THis will also repair your registry. For future reference please look at this guide

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Posted 08 February 2007 - 08:31 AM

While in Safe Mode, press Ctrl-Alt-Del. If the Task Manager comes up, click on the File menu item and then on New Task. Type in "explorer.exe" (without the quotes) and press Enter - this should get your desktop back.

I'd think that Budapest's suggestion for the repair install was probably the easiest way to recover from this. The SFC.EXE method suggested by fozzie may also work.

What method did you use to backup your registry? If you used the Export function in regedit - it's pretty complex to do.

You can't copy the registry files back from within Windows (even the command prompt) since some of the hives will be locked because they're in use.

You can boot with an UBCD or a BartPE disk into a pre-install environment (don't load the registry if it gives you that option). Then you can copy the backed up keys to the registry that way. The success rate for this varies when I do it - I'd estimate about 50% success (but I've only done it a couple of times).
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