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Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by cathenelson, Jul 13, 2006.

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  1. cathenelson

    cathenelson Thread Starter

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    Help!!!! I suspected that I had a virus and so I went into my registry to try and fix it. Big mistake! Now I am not able to access several items on my desktop. I click on them and nothing happens. I am not able to open up notepad, cant do a system restore, etc. I have wiped out several items...please help me! I have a Dell Inspiron 5100 with Win XP sp2. Thanks in advance for any help. BTW...I believe this is the registry cleaner that I used: http://www.aplusfreeware.com/categor...egCleaner.html. I may have used this one though: http://www.evidence-eliminator.com/regclean.exe
     
  2. stantley

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    If RegCleaner is the program you used, it creates backups which you should be able to restore from within the program. I not sure about the evidence eliminator program, but check to see if that makes backups.
     
  3. cathenelson

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    Thanks. I tried but the RegCleaner icon is no longer on my desktop and I cant get into add/remove programs...what to do????????
     
  4. stantley

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    Can you go to C:\Program Files\RegCleaner and double-click on RegCleanr.exe?
     
  5. cathenelson

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    No...its not there. I really did a doozy this time. I am so confused...what did I do wrong?
     
  6. stantley

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    Do you have anything in C:\Program Files\RegCleaner, hopefully a Backups folder.
     
  7. cathenelson

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    Nothing there for RegCleaner. Should I try and search for the file?
     
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    Well if you installed RegCleaner and uninstalled it, there would still be a C:\Program Files\RegCleaner folder there. So maybe it's the other program you were talking about, what's the name of that program and can you run it.
     
  9. cathenelson

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    Its not there either.
     
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    "I am not able to open up notepad, cant do a system restore,"

    How are you trying to do a System Restore, and what happens when you do?
     
  11. stantley

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    Did you uninstall these programs? Maybe it was some other registry cleaner that you used.
     
  12. cathenelson

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    For the System Restore: Start/All Programs/Accessories/System Tools/System Restore.
    Nothing happens.
     
  13. Augie65

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    You can try this, in case your shortcut is corrupt.
    Start> Run> type:
    %SystemRoot%\System32\restore\rstrui.exe
    then hit OK.
     
  14. cathenelson

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    After I ran the Reg Cleaner I was not able to uninstall anything manually. Those are the only two that I accessed that day. The only files I find on a Search are 1 html document and 1 txt document. Both files were installed 7/9/2006 and share the same path: C:\Program Files\RegCleaner
     
  15. cathenelson

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    Thanks...I did this and got a Windows error. "Windows cannot open this file". File: rstrui.exe

    Windows has the following information about this file type. This page will help you find software needed to open your file.

    File Type: Unknown

    Description: Windows does not recognize this file type.

    The following Web sites have a comprehensive list of file extensions. You might be able to find information about this file type there:
    FILExt


    ??????????????????????
     
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