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Solved: Tried removing Vundo now Vista won´t boot up

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by Pontual, May 31, 2008.

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  1. Pontual

    Pontual Thread Starter

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    Ok, so if I were to try and help anyone, I´d only be able to tell them how to make a bad problem even worse.

    I have an HP DV2000 laptop running a Windows Vista Home Edition (in english) it came with.

    I was getting random warnings from my Norton 360 (a very lousy software, mind you) about a Vundo infection. Norton scanned my computer a couple times, but it never went away (neither the virus nor the Norton software).

    I ran Hijackthis a couple times and identified a couple of .dll files in my Windows/System32 directory with random letters as names. Hijack this couldn´t fix them, so I booted into safe mode and deleted all of them but one. This last one was "in use by the system", Vista warned me.

    Then I booted up again normally. I unchecked as many boxes in msconfig as I could understand, including the random letter dlls and a MS Server random letter file.

    I ran a Uniblue registry cleaner software (which I own) and fixed a couple registry lines.

    Then, without restarting, I ran regedit and hit F3 looking for entries referring to the last random-letter.dll file. I deleted a couple of the first ones, and then decided to modify each entry I found referring to the random-letter file into blank. I swept the whole registry three or four times, and every time I found a new entry. Just to make clear, I changed only those that had the whole "UWLDJKU.dll" string (not quite those letters, but something close to it).

    Then I just got tired and rebooted.

    Then all the fun was gone. At first everything seemed to be fine until, after the green moving bar load screen, i got a blank screen with a working mouse. I tried safe mode and last known good configuration to no avail. Both ended up in the same place: blank screen with a mouse pointer I could control but nothing to click on.

    I tried using an old XP disc (2002 with SP1), but I didn´t get any option that seemed to help, so I just quit without doing anything.

    Of course HP did not supply me with a Vista DVD. I can borrow one from my folks, but it is in a different language (portuguese), if that matters.

    I´d be glad if anyone could help me. I have a fair amount of files from work which have not been backed up yet (how can something so comfortable look so stupid in retrospect?).

    Thanks for your time,

    PP
     
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    Pontual Thread Starter

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    Got the Vista DVD. Restored back to a Uniblue restore point. all is good. Back to my normal infected computer, but that´s a different thread...
     
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