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Can't run programs (malware likely)

December 9, 2008 at 07:57:57
Specs: Windows XP Professional S, AMD Athlon single core, 1

In normal mode, no programs will run, while my antivirus software in Safe Mode found the Zlob Trojan, among other and lesser malware (tracking cookies, etc.); however, even with removal I still can't get anything working in normal mode. I have a HJT file at the ready, should anyone want me to post it.

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#1
December 10, 2008 at 03:39:43

D2Max, Go to the link below and scroll down to line 12 (left column) and click on "EXE (lnk and regfile) Fix for Windows XP" to download a reg file fix. Save the REG File to your hard disk. Double click it and answer yes to the import prompt.

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_...

If you can't run the file do the following:

Press CTRL-ALT-DEL and open Task Manager. Once there, click File, then hold down the CTRL key and click New Task (Run). This will open a Command Prompt window. Enter REGEDIT.EXE and press Enter. Once regedit is open click File>Import and locate that reg file fix, hilite it and click Open.

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#2
December 10, 2008 at 07:16:33

That proved moderately helpful, as I can now run some programs in normal mode now. I still can't effectively use the internet, but it's a start.

Would upgrading to Service Pack 3 help me in restoring normal function at this point?


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#3
December 10, 2008 at 11:05:17

Update: Without having to install SP3, I managed to clear a few other things, and now am fully up and running! I still would not mind an opinion as to whether or not the upgrade is worth it on this old machine, but I think I'll look elsewhere for that answer. Thanks again!

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