Is this a virus or a software fault?

Microsoft Windows vista home premium w/s...
October 16, 2009 at 04:17:20
Specs: Windows Vista
hi folks

i bought a mesh computer with vista new about 2 years ago

i have a few issues with it since i downloaded an ipod video converter program that wouldnt work.

the issue i've got are :-
my 500gb hard drive is full (def isnt, i only really surf and use it for my ipod which has only 30gb on it)
some areas of my 'control panel' wont open eg the system selection, personalization, windows wont check for updates, when i try and run windows something like computer management there is an error msg with a file missing from the system32 folder.

i have up-to date security (mcafee)

anybody got any ideas cause i dont!!!

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October 16, 2009 at 13:11:26
My guess would be software issues. Any time you install an application you run the risk of this stuff. At some point you may have to just reload from the OEM disks and start over.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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October 16, 2009 at 13:48:13
i've just run the free version of regcure and i have 750 errors!!!

can regcure sort these kind of issues out?

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October 19, 2009 at 14:04:06
Many reg cleaners can correct stuff. Better make a backup of the registry and know how to restore it before you start.

750 I assume is lots of minor stuff. Anything really major may or may not be cured.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)

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October 21, 2009 at 01:34:03
done the regcure and its not made much of a diff most of the major probs are still there.

is there somewhere i can get the original registry files so i can add the ones that are missing?

i cant find a vista disc, looks like my pc never came with one :(

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October 21, 2009 at 08:16:41
Reinstall vista, but do a repair installation, not a clean installation. If you do a clean installation that's a reformat of the hard drive. I recently had to do this with my daughter's laptop after a software conflict and it did the trick.

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October 21, 2009 at 10:56:27
so i'd still have all my files and pics etc if i did a repair installation.........that sounds like the route to take, just gotta get a vista repair disc

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October 22, 2009 at 04:44:33
ok i've found my vista disc

'vista home external recovery disc'

so i put this in the drive and restart the pc?

then i select 'repair vista' or something like that, and i hopefully will fix it without me loosing any files?

is this correct?

never tried anything like this so i thought i'd best check first with some one who knows about this kind of thing!!! ;)

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October 22, 2009 at 15:15:02
Here are the facts on regcure:
You can scan your computer and detect errors, but you can only remove some of the items.

So I would say there are lots of false positives found to coax you into buying the software....DON'T....because the problems are not there.

Try Ccleaner Slim and remove all it finds:
also click on the registry icon and remove all it finds.

Have you tried Malwarebytes yet?
If not, I suggest you do so and clean out all it finds.

McAfee is not the best anymore, you may want to download avast free
and allow it to do a bootscan on reboot. Move all it finds to the chest untill you hit the registry items. Google the findings and see if they are safe to move to the chest.

I would do the above before doing a repair install.

Some HELP in posting on plus free progs and instructions Cheers

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October 23, 2009 at 11:44:26

i've not tried any of these yet but when i do i'll report back with the results :)

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October 24, 2009 at 02:21:22
ok the cleaner got me an extra 14gb of space, but i'm still about 300gb short!!

the malware scan didn't find anything

i'm not sure about doing the avast bit, i'm not very experienced with messing with the registry. is it easy to do or is there alot of scope for me to properly screw my pc up?

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October 26, 2009 at 09:53:20
i tried a repair install but windows wouldn't let me do one cause it couldnt determine what version i had, prob down to the windows update not working.

so i did a full re-install of vista and everything is now ok.

all my old documents were put in a folder called windows.old and i could still get them!!!

cheers everybody for the help

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