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Corrupt Reg Keys?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by PootaNoob, Apr 22, 2010.

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  1. PootaNoob

    PootaNoob Thread Starter

    Apr 22, 2010
    Firstly I stand up and admit, i am a noob, so i may of caused this myself but i REALLY need help.

    I have run endless scans after not being able to run a Virgin Media Security scan. So, i found malware in some reg keys, but thats not really my issue now. During these endless scans, i ran an avast boot scan, which has shown corrupt files to do with works. (presumably MsWorks)
    Now i did have works an age ago, but a friend deleted it, and when i realised i'd need it, i tried to retrieve information from the registry (Dumb, i know)
    The reg file was brought to the desktop, but with all these scans and everything, i system restored to last month, before i'd messed with the registry.
    Only problem is, i did another avast scan, to see if it had restored the registry, and it hasn't. I still have these corrupt files.
    I do have to admit, the malware i found hasn't been removed yet either, as when i system restored, it brought that back too, but am worried about deleteing the malware, because of it being in reg keys, will i damage it further?

    The other option i was looking at was doing a fresh XP install. My tower still has the product code on the rear of the case, but i have no XP disc to run, and will loose my other programs, like my lexmark printer/scanner/copier program that i have no disc for, or my adobe etc....

    Please help, i was meant to do online shopping as i can't get out, but if theres a problem with the poota, am worried i might get information stolen.
  2. blakcshadow


    Nov 25, 2008
    isntead of a fresh install, try running a repair install AFTER you have removed the malware
  3. Talkhard223


    Mar 11, 2010
    I would get this PC clean before you even think about shopping online, unless of course you enjoy disputing charges on your credit card...anyway, I'd hit report and ask to be moved to the malware removal forum and get cleaned up first.
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