Invalid virtual device driver format

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
September 3, 2009 at 07:40:47
Specs: Windows XP
My computer had been running fine and all of a sudden some police virus protector downloaded itself onto my computer. My computer then started to restart but it wouldn't bring up the login screen, it just kept restarting over and over. I finally got it to the safe mode screen and then reset the settings for when it last worked properly. When I finally got to the main screen like 20 command prompt screens came up and said the file name and the virtual device driver format in the registry is invalid. Choose close to terminate the application. When you hit ignore the application closes and never attempts to open. Now anything I try to open or download says the same message. Only internet explorer works. The virus scan from this website wouldn't complete. It starts to open and then closes and the scan never starts. When I try to open anything through the command prompt I still get the same answer. I tried to correct the problem already by editing the system tools but I can't open anything through the control panel or command prompt I get a different message saying c:\windows\system32\rundll32.exe - The parameter is incorrect. I also downloaded the xp .exe file fix from, but when I run it a window comes up saying registry editing has been disabled by your administrator. I'm guessing I have a pretty tough virus to get rid of. I can't even restore my computer to a previous date. I don't know what else to do. Can you help me with this problem?

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September 20, 2009 at 11:21:06
Same problem here. Same source adware/virus too. This one is particularly nasty since it seems to have crippled our rundll32.exe. I have no solution yet but did want to add some of what I have tried to possibly save time.

Along with attempting everything mentioned in hqreen's above post, I have pulled the HDD and ran McAffee on it from a different computer. Viruses were found and quarantined but the problem was not resolved. Whether not those viruses found were part of the Police Virus Protector scam is unknown for certain.

I have attempted to replace the system32 rundll32.exe file with a backup found in the i386 file within the ServicePack folder but the same errors persisted.

I would like to attempt running a repair from an XP disk but my Tough Book doesn't have a CD/DVD drive. This seems like a fairly new atrocity since I have found very limited info on it while Googling for a solution.

I will follow up if I find a solution aside from simply re-installing the OS, but if anyone out there beats me too it please let us know.


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