Explorer.exe not starting on boot-up and etc

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  1. deathMiata

    deathMiata New Member

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    I have a friend's laptop that I have been trying to kick back into shape and after gutting out the malicious viruses and malware I find that the system on every other reboot has a problem loading explorer.exe. To add something to the mix, when it does start-up, the load the machine has on boot-up take forever clear out and sometimes it will crash the machine.

    I don't believe it has SP2 on it, would it be safe to say that after SP2 that things could just resolve themselves? Are there any other tweaks that can be looked into for improving start-up? I have gutted what I can from the msconfig settings.

    Anyone want to shed some light on this?
     
  2. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    When dealing with an unfamiliar computer owned by someone who knows jack (or less) about how to keep it running well, the best way to clean it up is to reformat it and reinstall Windows. Seriously. It may be a fun challenge to try to fix Windows instead of wiping it, but it's not worth the effort when you have software specifically written with malicious intent.

    Then, after you reinstall, download AVG antivirus and Windows Defender and Google Toolbar (because the popup blocker is useful to keep phishy popup windows from showing themselves) and tell the owner of the computer to stay the fuck away from free-porn and free-videogame websites.
     
  3. deathMiata

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    Damn it... that was what I was afraid of...

    It's not the challenge I was seeking for just trying to clear off the bugs from the machine, it was more trying to get the machine back in to decient shape. Is there a chance I could use my XP Pro CD to use a system file volume recovery command when the laptop itself has XP Home? It's been a while since I have had to reformat a machine.
     
  4. deusexaethera

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    Not likely. You could do a Windows Repair operation if you had an XP Home disc to do it with, but that wouldn't remove any evil Registry entries that might be left behind by the malware. You'd have to either weed them out manually, or reinstall Windows entirely. Either way, you're looking at reinstalling, so you might as well reformat while you're at it.
     

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