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"System 32" folder always opens at start-up.

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by obyone, Jan 27, 2006.

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  1. obyone

    obyone Thread Starter

    Jun 22, 2003
    My friend's computer is getting some pretty weird things going on. She says that the System 32 window will appear every time she boots up her machine. It started after her husband got caught... :D ... surfing the web for porn. An AdAware scan didn't fix it and going to a previous Windows System Restore point didn't work either.

    Below is a Hijack This log of her machine.

  2. wacor

    wacor Banned

    Feb 22, 2005
    You have the MyWebSearch bug. So did I and one of the things that happened to me was the System/32 showing up on start up.

    The following site has a fix for this System/32 problem. It was given to me by Cheeseball when i picked up the MyWebSearch bug and it worked for me. >>>>>

    Go here: http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

    Scroll down to # 260 System32 Folder Opens Upon Boot

    Save the .vbs file to your desktop and then double click it to run.

    You probably should close out this post though and go into the Security Forums and indicate you at a minimum have the MyWebSearch bug and post another HJT there. I would think though that before doing that you should run some spyware programs such as Ewido, Adware and Spybot. (Go into HJT and rename the above scan so it can be saved to compare first though.) If you run Ewido you need to follow the directions which you can find if you snoop around on some of the responses to Security Problems.

    You also could look in the add/remove programs for MyWebSearch to see if it is there but chances are this wont be a one stop fix. When one goes surfing for Porn that puts the computer at risk as those are the most infected sites around probably.
  3. obyone

    obyone Thread Starter

    Jun 22, 2003
    Cool...I'll try that and get back to ya. ;)
  4. superduty455


    Jan 31, 2006
    Well I'd Like to add that having a corrupted entry in the Hkey_Local_Machine\Software\microsoft\windows\current version\Run
    will cause the System32 folder to open up on log on. This could be a string value with no data value set or data value set to an invalid directory. But it involves deleting registry keys so be careful
  5. Cheeseball81

    Cheeseball81 Retired Moderator

    Mar 3, 2004
    Click here to download the trial version of Ewido Security Suite:

    · Install Ewido.
    · During the installation, under "Additional Options" uncheck "Install background guard" and "Install scan via context menu".
    · Launch ewido.
    · It will prompt you to update click the OK button and it will go to the main screen.
    · On the left side of the main screen click update.
    · Click on Start and let it update.
    · DO NOT run a scan yet.

    Restart your computer into Safe Mode now.
    (Start tapping the F8 key at Startup, before the Windows logo screen).
    Perform the following steps in Safe Mode:

    * Run Ewido:
    Click on scanner
    Click Complete System Scan and the scan will begin.
    During the scan it will prompt you to clean files, click OK.
    When the scan is finished, look at the bottom of the screen and click the Save report button.
    Save the report to your desktop.


    Post a new Hijack This log and the results of the Ewido scan.
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