Automatic log off: problem persists

Dell Dimension 3000 desktop
February 19, 2010 at 10:49:40
Specs: Windows Vista
Greetings internet;

My computer contracted a virus and I shut it down before fixing the problem. Unfortunately, Windows XP now logs me off automatically before I finish logging on. I have browsed this site in search of help and I found several topics about the same problem, but they haven't helped yet. I can't tell whether it is because of something else that is wrong or something I did in trying to fix it.


Dell Dimension 3000 desktop
Windows XP home edition
Intel Pentium 4

I have installed Windows XP onto the machine again on a separate partition. (If I've done something wrong, it's probably this) Through the second partition, I have used the command prompt to overwrite wsaupdater.exe with userinit.exe. This did not fix the problem, so I checked the registry and added a string per this advice:

"I found out that the the entire string value [Userinit REG_SZ C:\Windows\System32\userinit.exe] was missing from the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\ registry key. So I had to create a new string value and enter in the correct information."

I created a new key, named it "Userinit", and modified it to say C:\Windows\System32\userinit.exe .

Is there something I have missed? Have I done something I should not have?

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February 20, 2010 at 02:49:07
chronostrike, you say you've scanned for a virus. Possible you have a worm/trojan? Be aware that a virus and a Trojan are similar, but not the same. Many times, an AV detects one it can't clean, other times, it gets missed entirely.
If you need to clean one, Superantispyware (info only. I’m not paid for recommendation) can do the job and you can get it free @:
among other places. They have a Vista compatible version if needed Dunno about Windows 7..
If it turns out that you need to use it, be sure to update Superantispyware prior to running and disable 'restore' (restart after cleaning) so the nasty doesn't get put back. They just released a new update recently and it changes all the time. Things are in a constant state of flux.
The restore thing is critical. May not be your deal at all, but won't hurt anything to try. Since it seems to carry over from one partition to another, I'm suspicious.
Ed in Texas.

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February 21, 2010 at 19:34:04
Thank you for your advice.

For the record, the problem has not hopped partitions. I have just been unable to fix it from the partition.

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March 1, 2010 at 08:57:03
Very interesting chronostrike! I'm experiencing the same problem, and have already tried the same sequence of tests/changes that are listed in your approach.

I'm not where I can test the suggestion of 'Ed in Texas', but it will be my next test when I get home.

Like chronostrike, I'm running in a new partition while I try to recover, and used "load hive" to gain access to the 'software' reg in the other partition.

I installed and updated NAV but all it caught was one innocuous file. (I don't remember which, but one I've seen many times before)

I might try McAfee, I bought a new copy yesterday. My NAV just happens to run out this week. Then I will definitely try Superantispyware.

Report pending!


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March 1, 2010 at 09:02:43
Proper procedure is to do a repair install of xp if you can't access via safe mode or recovery console.

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