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WIN 98 startup

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by hankvw, Oct 16, 2003.

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  1. hankvw

    hankvw Thread Starter

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    Customer has a Win 98 box that when booted starts W98, clears the screen and shows the back ground and then very VERY briefly shows a program box in the lower left corner of the screen and then disappears. the background stays there, the mouse responds but the system just sits there. When I hit Ctl/alt/delete there are NO processes running. I have re-run windows setup and then then system wil come up fr the first time. I disable all startup programs using MSCONFIG and reboot and it does it again !! I re-start in safe mode and it does the same thing!!
    I deleted the registry files system.dat and user.dat and renamed win.ini and system.ini and re-installed, and again it came up the first time and then after disabling all startup programs again and rebooting, it did it again !!

    Ideas??
     
  2. e-liam

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    Hi Hankvw, and welcome to TSG.. :)

    I have to ask, why are you disabling everything in startup?

    See the attached images in this and the next post. Make sure not to disable them in startup. (Notice that the "Load Power Profile" entry is meant to be there twice.

    Cheers

    Liam
     

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    Second screenshot... too lazy to merge them... :)

    Is there a particular reason for wanting to stop these processes? If so if you could explain it, we'll see what we can do to help.

    Cheers

    Liam
     

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    Liam and all I disabled them because I THOUGHT they might be causing the hang - was/is getting desperate !!
    SO I disabled everything just to see if I could get it to re-boot
     
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    Hi Hank,

    Could you please run setup again, (if that is all you can do to get it to run initially) and download 'Hijack This!' from http://www.spywareinfo.com/files/hijackthis.zip (If it's easier, do this on another computer, and save to disc, then put it on the otehr computer).

    Unzip, doubleclick HijackThis.exe, and hit "Scan". When the scan is finished, click "Save Log", and copy and paste it in a reply.

    This will give us a rundown of what’s going on in your PC. One of us here will be glad to analyse it for you. Don’t fix anything yourself yet, as a lot of the stuff on that list will be harmless or required.

    Also, if you could give a little background on when it started happening and if you've installed or deleted anything recently. Not essential, but it would give us something to go on.

    It should give us a clue as to what is causing the hang. Don't get desperate, that's our job... :)

    Cheers

    Liam
     
  6. hankvw

    hankvw Thread Starter

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    ok attached is the output you asked for !
     

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    !!!!!!!!!!!!!! found the poblem!!!!!!
    user had a Bogus explorer.exe in the c:\ directory !! got downloaded somewhere - not sure where but when I deleted that one the system came up fine !!

    Thanks for all the input !!:)
     
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    Hi Hank,

    O1 - Hosts: 66.250.171.136 auto.search.msn.com

    This means that you you need to go here and download, then run CoolWebShredder.

    This entry will automatically take you to Mart Finder, part of a pretty nasty hijacker CoolWebSearch.

    Run that, and you should be fine.

    Cheers

    Liam
     
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