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Windows starts then freezes

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by louisj23, Feb 19, 2003.

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  1. louisj23

    louisj23 Thread Starter

    Jun 11, 2001
    Been having a few problems. Here's the low down...
    1. Recently had a trojan virus that ran SYSTEM32.EXE on windows start up
    2. System32.exe was using up all of system resources so I went in and deleted anything that I downloaded recently (Several video codecs) then ran spybot search & destroy and I thought that did it.
    3. When starting computer windows 2000 started up and that was it, I was frozen. System32.exe was also still hanging around
    4. In safe mode - Ran McAfee, it found the backdoor and I got rid of that and also found the system32.exe file in my registry and deleted that.
    5. Computer still will not run under normal mode, windows starts up, then the restore active desktop screen comes up and that's it, I'm done. AND DAMMIT ALL, I just looked in the task manager in safe mode and that damn SYSTEM32.EXE is still there. I have searched high and low for this file. It is not in windows/system, wondows/system32, and I went through regedit and looked and only found one and I thought that would do it. Anyone know where else this thing hides?
    Maybe something got deleted in my registry, I don't know anymore. I will try and get a listing of my computer fils at start up if someone can remind me what program that is.
    Thanks a lot
  2. cnm


    Oct 21, 2002
    HijackThis incorporates StartupList.
    Go to http://www.spywareinfo.com/downloads.php#det and download 'Hijack This!'. (A help file is located at http://tomcoyote.org/hjt)

    Unzip, doubleclick HijackThis.exe, and hit "Scan".

    When the scan is finished, the "Scan" button will change into a "Save Log" button.
    Press that, save the log somewhere, and copy its contents here. Most of what it lists will be harmless, don't fix anything yet.
    Then in HijackThis Config -> Misc Tools, Generate a StartupList and copy those contents here as well.

    Note: This thread should be in the Security forum?
  3. Rollin' Rog

    Rollin' Rog

    Dec 9, 2000
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