System Restore and other issues.

October 26, 2009 at 16:18:37
Specs: Windows XP
Recently I installed Avast (big mistake) antivirus. I didn't like it so I un-installed it. Now, my system restore (exe file) just hangs in the back and no response. I tried running spybot and Hijackthis both didn't fully run and now they won't open, something about can't be found. I checked to see if the processes were running and they aren't. I tried to delete the exe file off my desktop and now it says its protected. I tried to restore from safe mode, same thing. The exe program just hangs there and never actually loads the program to allow me to restore. I check my system regularly and do not purposely use or cause any damage to it. I've tried everything I can think of and now I'm about to toss the whole PC into the street.

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October 26, 2009 at 17:31:28
I've never used Avast, but it sounds like during the uninstall that they corrupted Windows some how.

My suggestion is to boot off of the XP CD and do a repair. Then re-install the latest (SP3) service pack.

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