repaired xp but where's log in? thx

Hp slimeline / Hp slimline
January 6, 2009 at 19:08:41
Specs: xp sp3, 1gb ram
Good Day first off thanks again to all those who responded and helped me repair windows! Ok so now i'm back online---for those who don't know, after visiting a blog yesterday I got a message saying computer under attack!!! then I saw something that said xp Antivirus or something. All these document folders would open, my computer would freeze, task manager was disabled by the virus or hijacking. I couldn't run virus software, couldn't do a sys. restore, I couldn't start in safe mode, etc.....I thought I was screwed. Thank God, i was able to do a xp repair and keep my data!!! Now there are 2 problems i've recognized...1 is when logging on there's only 1 user, that's administrator. Before I had 2 users admin and inet4 (which was the log in I always used) the inet4 is the log in with all my settings, programs, documents, pictures, etc.... There is really nothing in administrator. A couple of programs, no desktop icons, no documents, etc...Is there away I can get back to my login inet4??? I really hope so. I'd hate to have to reinstall all these programs and settings.
I actually clicked on created a new login and set it as inet4 but that didn't bring back all my settings, programs, etc.....

the second problem, which is mild compared to the first...........My ethernet is no longer worker, it says network adapter disabled, i click enable and it fails, i click update and that didn't fix the problem. I call at&t and they just told me to try connecting through usb, that worked but they did tell me it'll be slower than ethernet. I hope I don't see a large drop in speed.......... Anyone know i can get this network adapter enabled and working for my dsl? thanks


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#1
January 6, 2009 at 20:56:38
In Device Manager what is listed for the nic? Does it have a yellow exclaimation mark?

Logon as admin and go to User Accounts. Does your inet4 account exist?

BTW a repair install may get the OS back but the virus is still there. You either need to get your installed AV updated and running or wipe and reinstall xp after you got your data off.

Doing otherwise will lead to being attacked/hacked again. New hacker style is to not let you know they have control of your machine.

Very possible the virus would get reactivated with inet4's logon.


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#2
January 7, 2009 at 00:10:12
Regarding your first problem, I just did an XP repair not long ago, and I hate to tell you that... you have to reinstall everything and recreate all user accounts. Your files are still intact, but the system files are reverted to factory condition.

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#3
January 7, 2009 at 06:44:55
"you have to reinstall everything and recreate all user accounts." Not necessarily. Do as wanderer recommends. Login as Administrator. Or, you can do Ctrl-Alt-Delete-Delete to bring up the Login window (not Welcome screen) and try logging in that way with your userid and password.

The network not working is probably a good thing. If you can login with your normal user account, backup your data and then work on removing the virus.

You should probably create a new post in the Security/Virus forum stating the behavioral things you're seeing. Be specific as to that, and make sure and mention that the infection appears to be the XP Anti-Virus virus.

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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#4
January 7, 2009 at 17:12:49
thanks for all the help, I ran my virus software and it found I think 126 virus/trojans................ Far as my old log in.....when i click switch users, ctrl alt del etc.....it doesn't have any users except admin, so i'm assuming my old log in has been deleted and as someone said i'll probably have to reinstall all of those programs and settings. That'll be time consuming but i'm Thankful, because I could have lost all my data. Wanderer, my old user log in inet4 doesn't show up anywhere, in device manager there is a red x and after rereading your message, I think it's probably a good thing my old username is not found because as stated if I was able to log in there, i'd probably be under attack again. thanks

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#5
January 8, 2009 at 08:37:10
So when you pressed Ctrl-Alt-Delete-Delete and typed in your userid and password the login failed?

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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