Windows XP keeps loosing its user settings?

November 16, 2010 at 09:55:28
Specs: Windows XP Home Edition 32-bit

I Have been having some problems lately as my windows xp keeps losing its user settings, for example, the background image goes to the default one, and all of my settings on mozilla firefox are reset etc.

I do not think that this is due to a corrupt user because after a restart it goes back to normal, then after a few more restarts it loses its settings again. Then a restart makes it go back to normal again.

I have done a hard drive scan and it showed that my hardrive was ok.

I got a blue screen the other day and then the 'the system has recovered from a serious error', and that changed the system so that i had to manually log on, rather than just going straight to my user on start up. So i do not know if that was the start of the problem, as the deleting of the user settings happend only yesterday, a few days after this blue screen.

I did a scan with emsisoft before this happend and showed i had some viruses on certain programmes, so i do not know if it might be worth deleting these programmes that have viruses in them, even though, i think, i deleted the viruses with emsisoft.

I have also been getting some 'error reading memory' and have had to terminate programs,as welll as a few other memory problems.

If anyone could help me out here, i would be very great-full!


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November 16, 2010 at 12:35:52
If you suspect your system is not cleansed of nasties then that should be the first order of business.

Try downloading and using Microsoft Security Essentials. Get it at the link below.

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November 16, 2010 at 13:27:34
A freebie called MalwareBytes can often find and fix things lurking that other miss. Might be worth a shot.

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November 16, 2010 at 14:56:00
Most Virus and Spyware scans are likely to work better in Windows Safe-Mode.
How to copy data from a corrupted user profile to a new profile

May be that the HDD has a bad sector on it, then you get a memory reading error. Then Windows would load the Default User account.

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November 17, 2010 at 08:54:37
Hi everyone

Thanks for the help people are providing

I have done a virus scan with emsisoft in safemode and found a few viruses, being trojans and backdoor's etc and deleted them, also running it in safe mode, and i still have the same problem.

I have done a hardrive scan with the actual software for the hardrive, no bad sectors found, aswell as the chkdsk command, the chkdsk being run in safe mode and found 0kb of files in bad sectors.

I also found that i could not use the internet as neither internet explorer or mozilla firefox would connect to any website, so either the user profile is corrupt, or i still have a virus that is not being detected or not being deleted, so i will try malwarebytes and see what happens there

EDIT: Malwarebytes detected a virus, a trojan in avast that i downloaded yesterday, from the actual avast site. It did not delete it, so i had to manually uninstall and delete avast. I can now get acsess to the internet.

I did the chkdsk command again and found out that it was:

'repairing volume bitmap'

'found errors in the file system'

Im guessing its probably worth doing a repair install of windows xp?

Thanks again for the help

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