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Event Log corrupt

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Hookstar.uk, Jan 11, 2003.

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  1. Hookstar.uk

    Hookstar.uk Thread Starter

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    Hi folks, just looking through my event logs and came across ....
    "The event log file is corrupt!!".
    I have checked all with AV, I just wondered if anybody knew how I could get this back to its original state.

    Many Thanks

    Hook
     

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  2. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Malware Specialist

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    Hi,

    Go to Start > Run> Services.msc

    Scroll down to the Event Log service, doubleclick it, set it to "disabled", and click OK.
    Wait a moment for Windows to complete that action.

    Now reboot, open Windows Explorer, navigate to Windows\System32\Config, and delete the corrupted file (either Appevent.evt, Sysevent.evt, or Secevent.evt)

    Go back to Services.msc > Event Log, and reset it to "Automatic".

    Press "Start" to restart the service.

    Cheers,
     
  3. Hookstar.uk

    Hookstar.uk Thread Starter

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    Tonyklein

    Thank you very much for that it worked a treat, although it worked what caused it to get corrupt in the 1st place!!.
    the only download I have done since I last checked the event logs was Yahoo messenger, would that have corrupted it.

    Once again many thanks for the help :D


    Hook
     
  4. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Malware Specialist

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    You're welcome.

    Impossible to say what exactly causes an *.evt file to get corrupted, but at least we know how to fix it. ;)
     
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