Posted 20 March 2007 - 07:21 PM
Protected files are, IMO, a misnomer - since they get corrupted frequently enough to require the use of SFC.EX.E to fix them. As far as I know, svchost.exe isn't a protected file - I just used it as an example since it was mentioned earlier in the thread.
The first place that SFC.EXE looks is the dllcache folder, then it looks to other places on the drive/CD to figure out what has been changed. I haven't looked at the contents of the logfile that's generated either - so I don't have a "list" of the protected files.
But, if a virus attack is sophisticated enough to corrupt the protected files, wouldn't it be sophisticated enough to foil the easy ways of fixing it? Todays virus attacks are multi-layered and take things like fixing the protected files into account.
Finally, if the svchost.exe file is located in the Windows directory, then the repair installation of won't fix it - because it only replaces the genuine files - leaving the other alone becasue they presume that they belong there.
It'd be nice if this would work, but it's been my experience that it'd only fix the crudest of virus attacks - and would be of limited use to any sort of blended threat that is common today.
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