xp sp3 os problem

Asus G73jh-a2 notebook
July 2, 2010 at 01:43:10
Specs: Windows XP
XP Home, SP3
i have a laptop
When I logged on I got a Windows File
Protection message that said some system
files had been replaced with unknown versions
and that I needed to insert the Windows CD to
ensure system stability.
Instead of inserting the CD or cancelling out, I
logged off and then restarted the system.
I logged back on and the message did not
Same problem i have faced and i want to know
does this affect my laptop or any system files
?whether i need to format or not?

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July 2, 2010 at 02:28:25
Depends on the system file changed and for what purpose. Copies of system files are replaced by ones with malaware in them which will cause problems.

One ting is certain though, if you continue to ignore warning messages you will have problems and you will need to format and re-install the operating system eventually.


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July 2, 2010 at 02:42:15
i think u r perfectly right thanks for answering..........
but this error never came again and loss i am getting is that:
visual studio 2005 on which i am working that project is
getting reference memory error on seeing design part but
program running normally i can't see my web forms or design
further modification.does due to malware this happened?All
other part running as usual my project is completing
stage...........so i need visual studio to work properly(visual
studio s/w has no problem as same s/w running on another
laptop but not in mine)
does system format can solve this problem?
does my hard disk needed to be formatted or how could i
know my hard disk is infected is reference memory error
related to HD?
does the malware harmed visual studio files?
i need an urgent suggestion..........

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July 3, 2010 at 01:17:33
ioio, just my 2¢ worth, may not be your deal at all, but I'd scan for nasties (virus, worm/trojan, etc.) first. A format is pretty extreme in that it erases anything you have stored.
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 or later.
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.
Ed in Texas.

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July 3, 2010 at 01:22:42
mmm...first off safeguard your data - all those important files, designs etc.... you wouldn't want to lose... Copy them to another (external?) hard-drive and/or optical media (DVD).

Verify copies are truly accessible on at least one other working system.

If the system is OK as is apart from Visual Studio... I'd be inclined to:

a) Run a "full" virus" scan using the installed virus utilty; and also a freebie on-line on via Trend.com - Housecall. Ideally run both scans in safe-mode. And if you have a knoppix or ubuntu disk (linux variants) - boot with that and run a full on-line scan that way... "Anything" quarantined in any scan... delete entirely...

Also disable system-restore before running any scans using the utils installed and running via the current OS... Once system is "clean" - reboot; then re-enable system-restore.

knoppix.com and ubutu.com both have free .iso files to download; save to a hard-drive; burn to dvd; boot with that dvd.

b) Re-install Visual Studio.

Reformatting etc. would NOT be high on my list at this time; as if everything else is OK... then I can't see any benefit...?

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