Complete computer shutdown/takeover!!!

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activtodd

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I don't know where to start. Basically, I tried to uninstall unknown software using install/uninstall in win98 and one unknown asked me if I was sure I wanted to proceed. I clicked yes, heard my hard drive kick in, and that's when the destruction began. As I exited a window I was deied access back into that window. I closed control panel and was denied access back into it as well. None of my desktop icons would work and the icons under the START menu had changed. I shut down my computer. When I restarted a miniature version of my desktop wallpaper came up, and the Windows 98 registration wizard and EULA came up(but the text"Windows Regis Wizard" was real blurry looking). I did not proceed. I restarted in safe mode but each time a fatal exception occured and it would not proceed to boot any further.

What should I do?
 

activtodd

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I was deleting items I didn't recognize. The specific item that I beleived caused the problem was called "SureBuy" or "SafeBuy", I can't recall the name. It actually had a short cut installed on my toolbar. There were many other "Buying power"("use our software to buy your whatever and have the chance of winning 25000 dollars") type programs on my computer.
 

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My computer came with Win98 installed and the only disk I have is a recovery disk. I do have a Win98 update disk.
 
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I would ytry this first:

Download a 98 bootdisk from here ftp://ftp.fluidlight.com/pub/nospin_files/WIN98SE.exe
save it to the desktop. Then put a formatted floppy in the fllopy drive bay and double click on the download.

At the a: prompt type c: then press enter. At the c: prompt type
cd windows\command then press enter

When the floppy is finished copying insert it in the busted system and restart the system with it. when the system boots from the floppy you will see it stop at a screen with three options.
select "start without cdrom support"
Then it will stop at A:\>
type c: then press enter. At the c: prompt type cd windows\command then press enter
Now type scanreg /restore

Then in the next screen with several listed options in grey choose the date that was closest to but before this all took place.
press enter
when is restores the files remove the floppy and click restart..
 

activtodd

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Well, it looks like that fixed it! Thank You for your help and thank you for taking the time to give me the link directly to the download I needed. What a time saver! Your instructions were easy to understand and actually worked. Again, thank you.

One more favor, if you don't mind. When this computer froze, I decided to get a new one. It will have WinXP Pro and McAfee anti-virus, spam, etc... What I want, in addition, is a good spyware, hijack, trojan horse (and others) blocker. Is there one product I can buy or subscribe to that will take care of all of these, or at least the most lethal and disrupting of these.
 

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activtodd said:
Well, it looks like that fixed it! Thank You for your help and thank you for taking the time to give me the link directly to the download I needed. What a time saver! Your instructions were easy to understand and actually worked. Again, thank you.

One more favor, if you don't mind. When this computer froze, I decided to get a new one. It will have WinXP Pro and McAfee anti-virus, spam, etc... What I want, in addition, is a good spyware, hijack, trojan horse (and others) blocker. Is there one product I can buy or subscribe to that will take care of all of these, or at least the most lethal and disrupting of these.
Excellent Todd and now please review this document http://dotcomsecurity.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=50
 
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