Windows XP Automatic Log-off

Microsoft Windows xp home edition w/sp2
January 31, 2010 at 08:26:10
Specs: Windows XP
My daughter was playing a PC game last night when it minimized and went to the desktop. Our background had been changed to an image that said that we'd been infected and we kept getting pop-ups (the regular rectangular system-warning type and the little corner ones) wanting us to install anti-spyware software. I rebooted in safe mode and it said that we had been infected by Worm.Win32.NetSky (a level 5 on a 0-5 scale) and some of our personal information might be stolen, including passwords. I upgraded my Spybot S&D and ran it, then restarted it to run it again. Since then, the screen logs off immediately every time you try to log on, including in Safe Mode. I did a google search and already copied userinit.exe to wsaupdater.exe in the System32 folder during Windows Recovery. The problem still persists.

The PC is a dell, and I do have the Dell Windows XP Home Edition Reinstallation CD.

I'd considered running a repair install, but I'm concerned about data loss (The Microsoft website indicated that we may lose some, but they weren't specific as to what exactly). We have all of our family photos backed up on CD, but there's other documents which I would hate to lose. I am also not the primary user of the PC, so I would prefer not to make that call unless absoluately necessary.


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#1
January 31, 2010 at 16:54:12
The only thing you will lose with a repair install are your critical updates.

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#2
January 31, 2010 at 18:04:16
Problem resolved.

The computer's primary user got impatient and asked me to do the reinstall. There were 3 files that weren't installed at the time, but I wrote them down. I initially had errors accessing things like internet explorer, but I was able to download SP3 through windows explorer. I put Malwarebyte's, Avast, TFC, and ERUNT and IE8 on a flash drive and installed them that way. I also had to reinstall my video driver but that was simple enough.

The repair install let me log back in and Malwarebyte's removed the spyware that prompted the problem in the first place. I'm working on an avast scan at the moment to find any more buggers and take care of them.

Had a few glitches along the way and have probably restarted the computer a hundred times today but my files I was missing from install are all in place after updating windows (Service Pack 1a, Service Pack 3, and 47 more updates later...) and at this point in time I've stopped receiving error messages so I guess we'll go from here ;)


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#3
January 31, 2010 at 20:59:47
Glad it worked out for you, thanks for posting back

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