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Clicking Control Panel = Death

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by fiveson, Sep 27, 2003.

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  1. fiveson

    fiveson Thread Starter

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    Why is it that when I attempt to open the Control Panel - I lose total control? My mouse pointer still moves around - but nothing else works. I have to reboot. I did a recent virus scan and did get a "trojan" and it was isolated. I think the problem may predate the virus though.

    In any case I need to fix this!

    I DO NOT have a separate system disk for Windows 98.

    Also, I was a sucker and bought MemMax (a memory expander) I had nothing but hang ups and crashes. I just uninstalled it and things work a whole lot better!

    Please advise
     
  2. Styxx

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    Try this:

    Cure Your Ills With the System File Checker
    Windows 98

    When you're having trouble with Windows 98--and who doesn't at some point--you might want to try a little-known utility called the System File Checker. Close all open programs and go to Run in the Start menu. Type sfc and click OK.
    Check the Scan For Altered Files radio button and click Start. SFC will look for files that have been corrupted. If it finds any, you can use it to extract clean versions of the files directly from your installation disk.

    Or

    To start System File Checker, follow these steps:
    Click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, click System Information, and then click System File Checker on the Tools menu.

    Since you have no Win98 Install CD you can try pointing this wizard to C:\Cabs in the event you need to restore some lost, missing or corrupted files found by SFC.
     
  3. fiveson

    fiveson Thread Starter

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    Thanks Styxx for taking the time. I did what you suggested - twice (just to be sure). Didn't get rid of the problem. I click on Control Panel (as if to open it) and all goes dead except my ability to move the mouse pointer.

    What to do what to do!????:rolleyes:
     
  4. Styxx

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    Did SFC find lost, missing or corrupted files though? And did you successfully replace any that were found by SFC?

    Back up your sensitive data and do a Scanreg:

    (Internet Explorer Favorites; Netscape Bookmarks, Address Book and Netscape Mail Folders; Outlook Express Address Books and Folders (compress any Netscape Mail or Outlook Express folders first) letters, pictures, databases, spreadsheets, music, etc.) to removable media for restoring later.

    In case windows becomes unusable and you have to re-install Win98. It sounds as though the hacker using the Trojan has messed with your operation system. To prevent hackers from attacking your computer again be sure to have a firewall like free Sygate running. Get it from http://download.com.com/3000-2092-10184369.html?tag=lst-0-1

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    Start your computer with a Win98 Startup disk in the [A] drive; Start without CDROM support; At the [A] prompt type, scanreg /restore and press Enter. Using the arrow keys below the Del key choose the earliest date possible and press Enter. Remove the disk and press Ctrl + Alt + Del simultaneously.
     
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