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No IE, Can't Install Files, No Safe Mode

Question: No IE, Can't Install Files, No Safe Mode

Hey guys,

Had success posting here before so I am going to try it again. My friend gave me her laptop and stated her son had been on it and now they believe they have a virus (didn't provide me with additional details). This laptop is running Windows 7 Home Premium. I open it up tonight and here is what I noticed:

1) McAfee is continually stating that the computer is at risk.
2) Internet Explorer does not run at all. iexplore.exe is where it belongs but nothing happens when attempting to run.
3) Installer is not installing files. I attempted to install Mozilla Firefox. From the thumb drive UAC did come up but that was it. Copying the file to the desktop and attempting to install did nothing. Checking through error logs, I did see a notice that the installer service is not running correctly and that it could be installed incorrectly (ironic eh?)
4) Safe mode did not work. After attempting to run safe mode (w/ networking), it loaded 3 files finishing with hal.dll. It then proceeded to the repair installer, stating to reboot and if it worked successfully Windows will run normally.

Unfortunately I don't have many details to give you on this one. There aren't any applications or error messages that scream "This is what I am!". If ya guys could lead me in the right direction I would appreciate it!

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Preferred Solution: No IE, Can't Install Files, No Safe Mode

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Answer: No IE, Can't Install Files, No Safe Mode

Restart the PCPress F8 on bootupSelect REPAIR YOUR COMPUTERClick on REPAIROn the System Recovery Options menu you will get the following options:Startup RepairSystem RestoreWindows Complete PC RestoreWindows Memory Diagnostic ToolCommand PromptCan you get to this screen?If yesSelect System restoreRestore to a previous restore point and see if you can launch applications in normal mode

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Evening everyone,

I have been trying to get assistance for this issue which can be found here:

Unfortunately the biggest problem that is causing me to be unable to fix the issue is that I can't install any files. I haven't seen anything worth noting in the Windows error logs. Per Naren after running ListParts, he suggested that the problem was found and to post a support request here. Attached is the listparts log. Please let me know if you have any questions.

ListParts by Farbar Version: 30-10-2012
Ran by Christine (administrator) on 10-11-2012 at 23:10:53
Windows 7 (X64)
Running From: C:\Users\Christine\Desktop
Language: 0409

========================= Memory info ======================

Percentage of memory in use: 43%
Total physical RAM: 2008.36 MB
Available physical RAM: 1125.44 MB
Total Pagefile: 4016.73 MB
Available Pagefile: 2753.06 MB
Total Virtual: 8192 MB
Available Virtual: 8191.89 MB

======================= Partitions =========================

1 Drive c: (OS) (Fixed) (Total:218.2 GB) (Free:173.66 GB) NTFS
3 Drive e: (Rocket) (Removable) (Total:15.12 GB) (Free:4.74 GB) NTFS

Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt
-------- ------------- ------- ------- --- ---
Disk 0 Online 232 GB 0 B
Disk 1 Online 15 GB 0 B

Partitions of Disk 0:

Partition ### Type Size Offset
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Answer:No IE, Can't Install Files, No Safe Mode

Hello Punkrulz,Welcome to the forum.We see sign of a partition/MBR infection. Please refrain from doing any fixing or changing anything on your own unless you decide you require no assistance any more. Thank you.Please download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to a flash drive.Plug the flashdrive into the infected PC.Enter System Recovery Options. To enter System Recovery Options from the Advanced Boot Options:Restart the computer.As soon as the BIOS is loaded begin tapping the F8 key until Advanced Boot Options appears.Use the arrow keys to select the Repair your computer menu item.Choose your language settings, and then click Next.Select the operating system you want to repair, and then click Next.Select your user account and click Next.To enter System Recovery Options by using Windows installation disc:Insert the installation disc.Restart your computer.If prompted, press any key to start Windows from the installation disc. If your computer is not configured to start from a CD or DVD, check your BIOS settings.Click Repair your computer.Choose your language settings, and then click Next.Select the operating system you want to repair, and then click Next.Select your user account an click Next.On the System Recovery Options menu you will get the following options:Startup RepairSystem RestoreWindows Complete PC RestoreWindows Memory Diagnostic ToolCommand Prompt[*]Select Command Prompt[*]In the command window type in notepad and press Enter.[*]The notepad opens. Under File... Read more

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Hey guys,

Was tasked to fix another laptop. Oddly enough this issue is similar to the one I fixed a few weeks ago, found here:

This is for a Windows XP Media Center edition laptop. I attempted to run Last Known Good Configuration, however that didn't resolve anything. Reading the preparation guide, I attempted to download and run, however it would not run on the laptop. When attempting to run that, as well as any of the internet programs on the laptop, I see the hour glass real quickly and then that's it. I didn't notice anything in the error logs regarding the applications attempting to run.

I attempted to run both Safe Mode and Safe Mode w/ command prompt. Safe mode will load, however it only gets me to the black splash screen saying it's in safe mode and the mouse cursor. ctrl+alt+delete won't work for me to load explorer.

Please let me know where to start so that we can resolve this issue. I have a feeling where to start but I know as well as any it's very annoying when people want to jump 5 steps ahead.


Answer:Can't open any browsers, install files, no safe mode

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I just did a clean re-install of Vista x64 on a new hard drive (old drive crashed). Here's the problem:

Using my ISP (Roadrunner Carolinas) speed test site; I get around 200 to 400 kbps download speeds using IE in normal mode. If I boot to Safe Mode, I get around 3500 to 4500 kbps, which is what it should be (this is what I used to get in normal mode before I re-installed Vista).

Running the same speed test with Firefox, I get around 1500 to 2000 kbps in normal mode, but if I try to download a file it transfers at only the 200 to 400 kbsp rate (if I'm lucky).

Here's more detail about the system and what I've done so far:

Installed all updates including SP2.
Using Windows Firewall, no anti-virus.
Updated network drivers directly from NVidia (Chipset is nForce750i)
Updated graphics card drivers directly from NVidia
Disabled all LAN protocols except for Client for Microsoft Networks and IPv4
Connected via ethernet cable directly to cable modem, no router.
I've deliberately refrained from loading anything but the basics until I can get this sorted out.

This really the second clean install I've done in 24 hrs. After the first one, I upgraded and added a lot of software and add-ons before I figured out the connection problem; so I decided the easiest fix would be to re-format and start over, checking each step to see what caused the slow-down. Unfortunately once I did the second clean install I tested right away and I had the connection problem from the get-go. Since then... Read more

Answer:Vista x64 new install: Slow internet connection in normal mode; fast in safe mode

run msconfig and uncheck startups that you are POSITIVE are safe to do so. See if your speed picks up. Then allow one startup at a time.

MSCONFIG: speeding up Windows Vista startup

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Hi,My Computer which has Win Xp Sp3 is behaving like it is in safe mode , eventhough it is in normal mode .I noticed this because ,1. Avira Antivir Guard and Update cannot be launched bcz Scheduler is not running.2 . I tried to start scheduler ( under services.msc ) , but can't start it bcz of error 1084 ( safe mode situation ) .3 . I can't use Windows Update , bcz of error Error number: 0x8007043C ( same safe mode condition )4 . I ensured that BITS was set to automatic , but it can't run bcz of 1084 error.I have scanned with Malwarebytes, Spybot S&D , SuperAnti Spyware ( in real safe mode) - No DetectionHere is the dds log ,DDS (Ver_09-09-24.01) - NTFSx86 NETWORK Run by Administrator at 16:45:23.03 on Mon 09/28/2009Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_12Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.510.112 [GMT 5.5:30]AV: ZoneAlarm Security Suite Antivirus *On-access scanning disabled* (Outdated) {5D467B10-818C-4CAB-9FF7-6893B5B8F3CF}AV: AntiVir Desktop *On-access scanning enabled* (Outdated) {AD166499-45F9-482A-A743-FDD3350758C7}FW: ZoneAlarm Security Suite Firewall *enabled* {829BDA32-94B3-44F4-8446-F8FCFF809F8B}============== Running Processes ===============C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunchsvchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcsC:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop�... Read more

Answer:Safe Mode Error, WinXpSp3 behaves like it is in safe mode even in normal mode

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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my computer wont run any programs without me running as administrator. When i log in i get error messages from my start-up programs Example( Firefox.exe- Application error The exception unknown software exception (0xc000000d) occurred in the application at location 0x75128b76. Click on ok to terminate the program) When i run as administrator or in safe mode it works. When I open the control panel it wont let me open anything unless im in safe mode. Can anybody help me out. My Operating system is Vista. all registry fixes i have downloaded haven't worked either

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This is copy+pasted from another forum.
I can't get any help from that one so I'm trying here..

It started by having a bunch of command prompts pop up trying to do who knows what. Then a bunch of different windows came up including ones that just had question marks all over and just all kinds of different stuff.
I couldn't close it all. Loads of stuff was running.

I knew I was screwed then but the computer was going too slow to put my USB in and back anything up.

Couldn't open a lot of things like the task manager and whatnot. Surprisingly could run msconfig.

Restarted in safe mode.. okay. looking good.
when it loads up, there's nothing on the desktop but the recycle bin.

inside the recycle bin I can see plenty of files I personally deleted.

Not much appears in the start menu.
In my computer, there's plenty of folders.. but no files appear inside of any of them.

I know the files are still in them because it tells me how much memory is in them.

Absolutely nothing will show up.

I've been crying so much. This is a music studio computer that has absolutely tons of work on it and I'll be devastated if I lose it. I have plenty of it backed up but a lot of recent stuff isn't backed up entirely.

Does anyone know if there's a way I can fix this or at least get my files off of it?

so, I put a USB drive that had Yahoo's Anti-spy loaded on to it. I know the program works by just dragging the folder so I ran it. Here's a list of what it found:

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Answer:Can't see any files in safe mode.

edit 5: (no edit button? seriously?)
Going into safe mode on the normal account rather than administrator gave me nothing but a blank locked up screen. Great.
I went back into the admin which still opened.. but still couldn't really do much.
Decided to see what would happen without safe mode enabled.
Loaded up. The background appeared but turned black shortly after. A program instantly started up and appeared on the desktop. Task manager worked so I closed a bunch of stuff.

Tried using the search to find some of my files. It won't find anything that's in the documents and settings folder.. Yet the folder itself is 80gb. I don't understand how everything can just be invisible from seeing it anywhere.

computer is pretty much ruined. guess it's going to have to be wiped.

I've had plenty of virus issues throughout the years but this has to be the most stressful one. definitely one of the worst days ever.

I guess it's over.

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It started by having a bunch of command prompts pop up trying to do who knows what. Then a bunch of different windows came up including ones that just had question marks all over and just all kinds of different stuff. I couldn't close it all. Loads of stuff was running. I knew I was screwed then but the computer was going too slow to put my USB in and back anything up. Couldn't open a lot of things like the task manager and whatnot. Surprisingly could run msconfig. Restarted in safe mode.. okay. looking good.when it loads up, there's nothing on the desktop but the recycle bin.inside the recycle bin I can see plenty of files I personally deleted.Not much appears in the start menu. In my computer, there's plenty of folders.. but no files appear inside of any of them.I know the files are still in them because it tells me how much memory is in them. Absolutely nothing will show up.I've been crying so much. This is a music studio computer that has absolutely tons of work on it and I'll be devastated if I lose it. I have plenty of it backed up but a lot of recent stuff isn't backed up entirely.Does anyone know if there's a way I can fix this or at least get my files off of it?edit: so, I put a USB drive that had Yahoo's Anti-spy loaded on to it. I know the program works by just dragging the folder so I ran it. Here's a list of what it found:
Name Objects Category
PornDialer PluginAccess 2 Dialer
FakeAlert 1 Trojan
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Answer:Can't see any files in safe mode.

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerMy name is etavares and I will be working with you to fix your computer. We should be able to get your files back.We apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.Please take note:If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If you are unable to create a log because your computer cannot start up successfully please provide detailed information about your installed Windows Operating System including the Version, Edition and if it is a 32bit or a 64bit system.
If you are unsure about any of these characteristics just post what you can and we will guide you.Please tell us if you have your original Windows CD/DVD available.If you are unable to perform the steps we have recommended please try one more time and if unsuccessful alert us of such and we will design an alternate means of obtaining the necessary information.Once we start working together, please reply back within 3 days or this thread may be closed so we can help others who are waiting. If you will be unable to respond (e.g. vacation, travel, etc.), please let me know ahead of time.Please refrain from running t... Read more

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Please can you help, a friend of mine was getting problems with Internet Explorer keep throwing up error messages. She then tried to install AVG and all she was getting was file corrupt so she has given her laptop to me to have a look at but I am baffled.

I have download AVG again and tried to install but it says file corrupt, I also download firefox and the first time i tried to install it it said file corrupt but then it installed, although I can not launch firefox.

I have tried to get into safemode, it gets as far as where I need to login but as I start typing the computer restarts.

Sorry I am typing this while at work and if you need me to run HijackThis, I can do this and post this evening.

I forgot to say it is a Dell, sorry not sure of modle until tonight, it has Windows XP and Service Pack 3 installed.

Thank you for your help in advanced. Lisa

Answer:Can't Log into Safe Mode or Install AVG

I am about to run HiJack This on the laptop do I need to include any other information in my post and please can you tell me if I have posted in the correct place. Thank you.

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I recently downloaded SP3 but its stalls at the part that says "Running processes after install" so I restart and uninstall the renmants of SP3 with the uninstall thing that comes with SP3. I reasearch my problem. They say to start in safe mode and download the full package, place it in C: Drive and start in safe mode. I've put the file in C: drive but I can't start in SAFE mode probasbly because of my motherboard not a virus. Normally when I turn on my computer, I hear a beep and instead of a list some equipment that is installed in my machine, amount of memory, hard drives installed, I get an image that says Intel Desktop Boards. At that time I would try to press F8 alot of times but instead comes up, Choose a boot device. <--????. HELP!

(I always disconnect for the internet and disable my anti-virus and third party firewalls during the installation. I also enable Windows Firewall).

Answer:I need to go to safe mode to install SP3!

Right click on the C drive in Explorer and go Properties > Tools > Check Now (under Error Checking). Check both boxes then click "Start Now". A message will pop up saying that Error Checking will run after you restart the computer. Restart the computer and Error Checking will run automatically after the restart. After it?s finished it will restart into Windows automatically.

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DH's computer has apparently been badly infected. When we log in to a regular windows account, it takes literally hours to come up and then the quick launch and sys tray never show up, and nothing seems to be working. It is windows XP home & I think it's fairly up to date. (supposed to automatically do that). It has Norton Internet Security, also supposed to keep itself up to date.

I can boot it up in safe mode, but when I start Norton, it says some features aren't available in safe mode, do I want to do a scan? I say yes, but nothing happens.

I can run Hijack This from a thumb drive, but it doesn't seem to find anything while in safe mode. So far I haven't managed to get the messed up system to recognize the thumb drive.

Is there something that doesn't need to be installed while in windows mode? Some program I can install from a thumb drive in safe mode or better yet, just run directly from the thumb drive?

Any help would be appreciated.


Answer:Av I Can Install/run In Safe Mode?

You should be able to run this one from a pen drive:Before we start fixing anything you should print out these instructions or copy them to a NotePad file so they will be accessible. Some steps will require you to disconnect from the Internet or use Safe Mode and you will not have access to this page.Please download DrWeb-CureIt and save it to your desktop. DO NOT perform a scan yet.Reboot your computer in "Safe Mode" using the F8 method. To do this, restart your computer and after hearing your computer beep once during startup (but before the Windows icon appears) press the F8 key repeatedly. A menu will appear with several options. Use the arrow keys to navigate and select the option to run Windows in "Safe Mode".Scan with Dr.Web CureIt as follows:Double-click on launch.exe to start the program.Cancel any prompts to download the latest CureIt version and click Start.At the prompt to "Start scan now", click Ok. Allow the setup.exe/driver to load if asked by any of your security programs.The Express scan will automatically begin.
(This is a short scan of files currently running in memory, boot sectors, and targeted folders).If an infected object is found, you will be prompted to move anything that cannot be cured. Click Yes to All.When complete, click Select All, then choose Cure > Move incurable.
(This will move any detected files to the C:\Documents and Settings\userprofile\DoctorWeb\Quarantine folder if they can't be... Read more

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i am having problem with my laptop i am seeing black screen with C:\>on typing dir c:\/p i seevolume in drive c has no labelvolume serial number is 3349-13F1Directory of C:\Command COM 93,890 04-23-99 10:22p 1 file(s) 93,890 bytes 0 dir(s) 245,950.41 Mb free

Answer:bypassing files while i run in safe mode

What does any of that have to do with safe mode?

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About 3 days ago I opened an mp3 file that someone had sent me in Windows Media Player. Apparently it was infected, but I didn't get any notice from AVG free. The screen flashed a few times so I suspected something was amiss. I right-clicked on the file where I had saved it and had it scanned by AVG; it said infected. So I told it to remove and I believe a message came up saying removal may cause problems with the system. I had it remove anyway, I guess my mistake.

Anyway, then the symptoms started. When I tried to run any executable I would get the message Windows cannot find <filename> make sure you typed the name correctly and try again. Now I don't even get that, nothing will start.

In Safe Mode most apps will start, but I can't connect to the internet. I think when it first happened I was able to connect via Safe Mode With Networking, but not anymore. I had to leave it for a few days to finish income tax on my laptop. In Safe Mode I get messages like Windows cannot start the Windows Firewall Service and The Security Center Service can't be started.

I downloaded Hijack This and burned it to a CD on the laptop. I can run it on the infected machine, but only in Safe Mode. I can also run the AVG command-line scanner in safe mode.

Any assistance you can provide in starting to find a resolution to this would be much appreciated.

Windows Vista Home Premium X64.


Answer:Can't rune .exe files except in Safe Mode

Does this sound like a Sircam virus or variant therof?

Do I have any hope of correcting the situation or should I just salvage what data I can and start over, either from a month-old backup or via reinstall OS?

Thanks for info.

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Whenever I boot my computer normally, it works fine until I try to run a program, or open a folder, or do anything, and then my computer freezes. It works fine in safe mode. I have run virus scans with Avast and Malwarebytes, and found nothing. A couple days ago, avast started telling me that it was automatically running some program (C:\Program Files\Fujitsu\Utils\FjOddUnl.exe) in sandbox for some reason, but it never came up with any concrete problem, so I'm not really sure how much that matters. This laptop (Fujitsu Lifebook T-series) is a couple of years old, but I just had it repaired (under warranty) a couple weeks ago, and they replaced the HDD and the motherboard, and I really wasn't expecting to have problems like this again so soon.

Answer:can only open files in safe mode

Take it back.

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i have windows xp. some mp4 files are not delete in safe mode also. how can i delete.

Answer:mp4 files not deleted in safe mode

How large are the files?Have you tried CTRL>DEL to bypass the recyclebin?Other option is to get a prog such as moveonboot' Fishin' (Some day)

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I can get in but I need to delete 3 files and 1 folder. Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:How Do I Delete Files When I'm In Safe Mode?

Hello Throttled

Please give more details, to help those that wish to help you.

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Hi There
Can u tell me what boot files are used when winxp boots.and secondly what are the boot files winxp uses when boots in safe mode........

Answer:boot files for win xp in safe mode

it uses the normal boot files it just stops any 3rd party drivers from being loaded

to repair the boot files boot from the xp cd into the recovery console and run


if a 3rd paty driver or app is causing a problem

in safe mode boot to msconfig

on the boot tab untick all non ms items and see if it boots normally

if it does add them back one at a time and reboot until you find the one causing the problem

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I need to access an .exe file when in safe mode. The instructions say to put it on the deskstop, then reboot into safe mode, but that doesn't work. Apparently only installed programs show. I've put the file into folders that show files in safe mode, but the file doesn't show when I boot into safe mode. I put it on a CD, but while the CD drive is recognized, the file doesn't come up.

Running Windows XP Home, SP1 (not my computer)

Any ideas?

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this has been occurring ever since my computer was diagnosed with a trojan. i removed it, and ever since then no .EXE files will open. I will click on any .EXE file, the revolving circle signifying loading will show for a second, and then it won't load at all - the program is not present in the task manager.

the weird thing is, there is no difference in safe mode. no .EXE file will run in any variation of safe mode. this prevents me from running ANYTHING apart from the command prompt, viewing folders, and notepad. i cannot load the internet, a virus scanner, NOTHING. it is difficult to fix something when one is literally unable to access anything.

i have attempted the 'repair my computer' option when i press f8, but it says it can't be repaired automatically. i downloaded a registry fix from a different computer, but it reads the message "Could not import exefix.reg: Not all data was successfully written to the registry. Some keys are open by the system or other processes".

I cannot load a registry fix, virus scanner, or the internet. i STILL cannot open .EXE files in any variation of safe mode. i do not have the windows 7 disc so i cannot reformat. additionally, the trojan appears to have erased all my system restore points, so i cannot restore to any previous time.

i have literally run out of ideas. i can't even install any fixes! any help would be greatly appreciated. thank you.

Answer:.EXE Files Do Not Open - even in safe mode!

A long time ago, I had something similar happen to me. I found my computer infected with some variant of the WinA Lizard (or something like that) virus that infected every .exe file I ran while it was on my system. It hosed every executable on the HD b/c it actually infected my (in windows 95 - shows you *how* long ago). I got lucky b/c I loved making all of my .ZIP files self extracting executable files, and hosed every single one of the. I was able to still manually open the files using WinZIP, but I learned then not to make self-extracting executable files anymore.

At any rate, though, I found so many residual problems with that system I eventually formatted and reinstalled my OS. In this case, unless you can figure out how to restore your system to work correctly, this may end up being your only option.

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I have Windows XP sp3 and it fails to complete boot process every time. It reaches the desk top and variably shows desktop icons, sometimes explorer bar and some system tray icons. Moving the pointer over any of the icons or explorer bar produces the hourglass. I can only really boot up in Safe Mode but do not have Administrator password which according to the orignal seller, never set one.

I want to wipe out the XP and start fresh with Windows 7, but have important files to save before I do. I have tried everything. Help!

Answer:How can I copy my files in safe mode?

Welcome to TSF!
I'm afraid the rules won't allow us to provide any help with bypassing lost passwords, as there is no way to determine the actual circumstances.

If there was no password, it shouldn't prompt for one, so sounds like there actually is one.

Is the Administrator account the only one that appears in Safe Mode?

You can boot with the Win 7 DVD and use the command prompt to copy files to an external drive:
Boot with the DVD
Select your language and click Next
Click Repair your Computer
After it scans for Windows installations, select the Top option, then click Next
Click Command Prompt.

You can use a Ubuntu Live CD to copy files to an external drive, to another PC over a network, or bun them to disk.
Use Ubuntu Live CD to Backup Files from Your Dead Windows Computer

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I recently did a defrag on my laptop hard drive, and i noticed that i'm getting errors on the same files, saying that some files were unable to be moved.

Here's a log from when I ran it in regular Windows XP.
Fragments File Size Files that cannot be defragmented
2 420 MB \Documents and Settings\Nathan\Desktop\Warcraft III\war3.mpq
75 440 MB \Documents and Settings\Nathan\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Google Desktop\d8541706a902\rpm1m.cf1
404 450 MB \Program Files\Steam\steamapps\source models.gcf
167 460 MB \Documents and Settings\Nathan\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Google Desktop\d8541706a902\rpm.cf1
72 620 MB \Documents and Settings\Nathan\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Google Desktop\d8541706a902\dbeam
24 671 MB \System Volume Information\_restore{4E015214-6BB0-4181-B365-456CF1DEC069}\RP349\A0183127.exe
29 704 MB \Documents and Settings\Nathan\My Documents\My Videos\Two Heads Are better Than None\Kenan And Kel - Two Heads Are Better Than None.mpg
5 706 MB \RECYCLER\S-1-5-21-1517058887-1443211527-2734774989-1006\Dc577\Final Fantasy 9 Disc 1.iso
8,875 841 MB \Program Files\Steam\steamapps\half-life 2 content.gcf
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Answer:Can't defrag certain files - even in Safe Mode

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Need help please to recover files in safe mode. I am unable to boot to normal XP Pro SP2 OS. I cannot access internet with present computer. I have an onboard CD drive and have access to a USB external HP Drive. I tried copying MY Documents to this drive but it would not work. I inserted disc that came with HP drive, it would not start automatically. Went to Explore and opened folders. All the folders appear to be microsoft video files. Also attempted to load new Mcafee CD and aborted install due to Norton loaded originally. I have the new Dell Install CD and Driver CD, install CD is XP Pro SP2.

Please help need instructions to copy wanted documents, pictures, etc. and do an new install. Or detailed steps to take to get back into regular windows. I should add that i was reinstalling windows when all this started, thought all was lost on HD, Dell tech support had me remove it after running diagnostic. New HD would not install properly either. Put old HD in and ran the same check and HD passed.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Recover Files in Safe Mode

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History - Dell said my 8400 HD was bad, after trying to install two different new Dell supplied HD's they said mother board was bad. Also had installed new memory. I do have two new Disc supplied by Dell - XP Pro SP2, and the Driver CD.Sent everything back to Dell except kept the CD's. Reinstalled my HD and memory. Started computer and ran a system drive diagnostic.  Results HD - PassedInserted install CD and Windows began setup, stopped during setup and gave error message that the system has a different version of Windows than the CD. Don't recall ever installing anything different.Tried booting to original HD ( Don't remember what Dell had me do to it prior to condemning it )computer will boot to Admin / other user Icon's once select Admin, started loading to my desktop. Once loaded all i get is my original screensaver or background picture. I don't have any ICONS on either desktop. Booted up into Safe Mode. Selected Admin again and this time i have my desktop items. Checked All Programs and all seem to be present. All my documents items or there and i can open them. Opened up start-up menu files and nothing is in that folder. I would like to recover MY Documents items.  I have a CD drive internal. Also have an external CD/R HP drive, but computer would not copy any files to this drive, or the other drives. Need help recovering files and reinstalling windows.Also when i booted in safe mode, there is a note at the top of the screen - a... Read more

Answer:Recover Files in Safe Mode

At Dell's logo, press CTRL+F11 and select non-destructive Windows reinstall.

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My computers keeps crashing when I try to boot up in normal Windows mode. It only works in Safe Mode. The problem is, in safe mode, the USB ports do not work, nor does the disc burner. I have pictures and music files I need to back up onto an external hard drive. However, the external hard drive connects through a USB port.

Any advice as to how I can backup my files on to the external hard drive in safe mode?


Answer:Need help backing up files in safe mode

Take the hard drive out of the computer and mount it in an external enclosure. Attach it to a working computer by USB cord and copy out what you need.

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Ok... so my mom brings me her computer... almost like I have any clue what I'm doing. NOT. She would like a few files saved before I wipe it clean n start over. If I go into the regular startup... it slows to the point of nothingness, then norton comes on to say that a trojan was found, and can't seem to do anything without it locking up.

So... started it up in safe mode. Thought, silly me, that I could just save her files that way, then erase all the crap, reload everything n give it back to her. But no... CD drives dont work in safe mode... DUH. And since some of these files are pictures, floppy isn't gonna work. What is the easiest way to save some files before the whole dang thing freaks out on me?

Answer:WOuld like to save some files... in safe mode... ??

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My old toshiba notebook has crashed. Yes, I dropped it....more than once to be honest. (RIP). I can only boot into 'safe mode". I get a blue screen when booting in regular mode and get caught in a continual loop.

I just purchased a HP Pavilion 8055. I have a CAT5e Crossover Patch Cable. I want to transfer all my files to my new computer.

In the past, I have used the XP wizard feature to create a network.... I can't do this in "safe mode".

Is there another way to do this?

Thanks in advance!

Answer:x'fer files from safe mode to new computer?

Unfortunatley you may be stuck with bringing up a network. Im no PC expert, but I know you can get an adapter that will allow you to remove your old hard drive and use you USB port on your new laptop to make it a second drive. Then you can copy the files directly. I know some of the guys at work have the kit, its great, you can use it on any hard drive. I'll see if I can find it, its about $ 20.00

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I have a new Thinkcentre 92P and have read the manual. However, I can't find out if one can boot into safe mode with all the Lenovo software. Indeed, there's no list of what to press to get to various tasks.  Some is here, some is there. It's enought to make me regret not buying a simple Dell. My new computer does not keep settings, the monitor goes off for no reason etc etc and they can't get a new systemboard for quite a while. I'm very disappointed.  If I can't even use safe mode, this is not a machine for someone like me. I use win 7 64 bit, i.e.9 and I have the right drivers. Knowledge base hasn't come up with help but perhaps someone kind can assit this frustrated senior citizen.

Answer:Scanner won't install. Can I use safe mode?

Disappointed that no one seems to know.

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I have an application called 'Fairshares' which has, until recently, performed as expected but which will now only run or reinstall in Safe Mode. I have not made any changes either to the application or the operating system.No other applications are affected - what is wrong?

Answer:Application won't run or re-install except in safe mode.

Third party unistaller will remove the application.Get Revo unistaller.You know the real meaning of peace only if you have been through the war.

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Originally posted in i thought i'd post details here too as the process is exactly the same for Vista.

This method is very handy if you have a piece of hardware that is causing issue with your installation of Windows Vista. It will detail how to disable the offending piece of hardware during installation.

Here's How:

Step 1, With the Windows Vista DVD in your DVD drive, press any key when promped @ 'Press any key to boot from CD / DVD...', as soon as the message is gone, quickly press F8 to show the boot options list. Select Safe Mode and install 7. It will allow the initial stages & file copying.

Step 2, When Vista restarts for the first time, press F8 and select 'safe mode'. A dialog box will appear stating that windows cannot continue in safe mode 'ok' to restart.
Do not click OK when the message box appears. Instead, just carry on with step 3
Step 3, press SHIFT+F10 to open the command prompt and direct youself to x:\windows\system32

cd system32
then type CompMgmtLauncher (it takes a few seconds to load) you can then access device manager from this console.

Step 4, Select the offending hardware & choose to disable it. Close command window and click ok on the dialog box. Windows will use a standard driver (with less funtionality) when it restarts.

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Answer:Install Vista in Safe Mode

Nice one, Jeff.

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A few of the anti virus programs have a BOOT disk with their AV on it. You will put this in your cd drive, and restart the computer. It will boot into the AV program and (hopefully) scan and begin to clean the computer. you have a compter in that state, it may be easier to reinstall your operating system.

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Hi! I'm having an issue with my computer. All was working fine a few months ago, but during the Summer I realised I was having a problem. I have searched everywhere and can't find a working solution. Ok, so any drivers I try to install, be it usb drivers, software drivers or anything of the sort, only install when I'm in safemode. Other than that I get a message saying "Device driver software was not successfully installed". I'm really frustrated and this is driving me crazy. If anyone can help, I'll really appreciate it!

Answer:Drivers install only in Safe Mode

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Hi forum,

I have installed RealVCN in a W7 HOME PREMIUM in safe mode.
Yet, the licence activation window where the key is to be entered does not pop up, so I cannot activate the software.
Therefore, I would very much like to know how I could proceed.

for + info., please check my previous post
Screen does not work anymore; windows crashes and dumps when booting

Thank you so much in advance

Answer:Install software in safe mode

Why are you trying to install it in Safe Mode ?

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Hi forum,

I have installed RealVCN in a W7 HOME PREMIUM in safe mode.
Yet, the licence activation window where the key is to be entered does not pop up, so I cannot activate the software.
Therefore, I would very much like to know how I could proceed.

for + info., please check my previous post
Screen does not work anymore; windows crashes and dumps when booting

Thank you so much in advance

Answer:Install software in safe mode

Why are you trying to install it in Safe Mode ?

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I had been working with someone in a different section of the forum and I was told to look here for further assistance. Here's the other post if you'd like to see what's been done thus far... ran the DDS, but when I try to run Root Repeal, first I get an error saying there isn't enough virtual memory, then I get a window saying "TpwrTray.exe" "Cannot load PowrProf.dll" The dialog box for Root Repeal says "initializing, please wait..." and it just sits there forever. The computer is completely locked up at that point & I have to hard kill it to get out of it. I've tried increasing the virtual memory setting and running it again, but I get the same error. Thanks in advance for any assistance you may be able to lend!!DDS (Ver_09-07-30.01) - NTFSx86 Run by CINDY at 21:01:20.72 on Tue 09/15/2009Internet Explorer: 7.0.5730.13Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.2.1252.1.1033.18.479.158 [GMT -4:00]============== Running Processes ===============C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunchsvchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcssvchost.exesvchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEsvchost.exeC:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\DRIVERS\CDANTSRV.EXEC:\WINDOWS\System32\DVDRAMSV.exeC:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMAgent.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k imgsvcC:\WINDOWS\system32\wscntfy... Read more

Answer:Cannot boot in safe mode, cannot install IE

Please visit the following link and use the instructions there to post a ComboFix log as a reply to this topic: running ComboFix, please post the ComboFix log as a reply to this

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Is this just the stupidest thing in the world. I have visited the Microsoft site and Google'd this issue to death. I had the blue screen BSOD and I reinstalled windows xp. I had downloaded the "PC Defender" which tries to take your money and you can't even shut the damn thing off with the task manager. How outrageous....That these jerks can just stick out their hands and require payment is incredible.

I reinstalled windows and now I can get into safe mode with networking. That's what I"m in right now. Everytime I boot into windows normally I get to my desktop and all my icons are there and it almost finished booting into windows and then it's BSOD....

I was trying to use the Dr Watson and I have a dump file. I can't read it though. I have downloaded the symbols from the microsoft site and also windows debugger but guess what? I can't install the windows debugger in safe mode. WHy? The message is "WIndows installer not available" This can be the case if you're safe mode...blah blah blah....

You would think Microsoft would have a clear fix for this on their website.

What can I do to get my computer back? I'm sure if I could just get the debugger installed, I could analyze the dump file and find out what happened.

Any assistance is appreciated.


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I've been working on my In-Law's Toshiba laptop with XP Home SP3. I just spent over a week working with a very helpful member in another part of the forum cleaning dozens upon dozens of viruses & rootkits off the computer. I was at the Microsoft site & tried to run their Live One Care and first it required me to take McAfee off the computer & then half way through the install of the Live One Care all the IE windows closed. I didn't get any sort of errors, it just closed. When I tried to open IE again, I got an error saying it could not access it & I may not have permissions (screen shot attached) I uninstalled the Live One Care but still got the same error. So I uninstalled IE7 & tried to reinstall it. It runs through set up then tells me it didn't install properly & I need to restart & then follow the trouble shooting link it put on the desktop. I restart, but when I click on the link, I get the same error again. I read that if you already have SP3, you have to uninstall it before you can reinstall IE, so I tried that, but still get the same error. I also cannot reboot in Safe Mode. I don't have the slightest clue as to what to do next! PLEASE HELP!!?!?!

Answer:Cannot boot in Safe Mode, Cannot install IE

I've read your other post. I suspect you still have a rootkitThere's a new variant out that is a killer Please read the pinned topic titled "Preparation Guide For Use Before Posting A Hijackthis Log". If you cannot complete a step, then skip it and continue with the next. In Step 6 there are instructions for downloading and running DDS which will create a Pseudo HJT Report as part of its log.When you have done that, post your log in the HijackThis Logs and Malware Removal forum, NOT here, for assistance by the HJT Team Experts. A member of the Team will walk you through, step by step, on how to clean your computer. If you post your log back in this thread, the response from the HJT Team will be delayed because your post will have to be moved. This means it will fall in line behind any others posted that same day.The HJT team is very busy and it will take awhile to get to your postPlease be patient and good luck

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my pc opens in safe mode by itself,i tryed to restore the pc with delldata safe or something like that then the pc restored and format,,now i opens i push start windows normally and opens in safe mode then it writes"Prepearing ur computer for it first use"then it writes cant install or something like this windows 7 cause pc is in safe mode restart the pc"and i restart and again is same thing again and again what to do guys HELP PLSS!!!!!

Answer:My pc opens in safe mode by it self and i cant install win 7

Did you make your Dell Recovery disks?

How to use Dell Recovery,how to make Recovery disks & how to order Recovery Disks.
Dell - Support

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Is it good, bad, or makes no difference to install java runtime environment in Safe Mode?

For installing version 7u11. Windows XP sp 3. 2.0GHz Celeron processor, 512 MB RAM. Machine been often running and responding slowly last several days. It gets stuck sometimes so installing big applications may push its resources too far all at once. This is why I wonder if Safe Mode works the system with less stress.

(I already have and run Norton Internet Security v.20, and Malwarebytes , both upgraded and regularly updated).

Answer:Install Java r.e. in Safe Mode

Normally, installing any software is required to be booted in normal setup. You may have other problems during the installation process regarding the downloaded software.

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Originally posted in Build 7068 won't Install i thought i'd re-post details on how to install Windows 7 in safe mode.

This method is very handy if you have a piece of hardware that is causing issue with your installation of Windows 7. It will detail how to disable the offending piece of hardware during installation.

Here's How:

Step 1, With the Windows 7 DVD in your DVD drive, press any key when promped @ 'Press any key to boot from CD / DVD...', as soon as the message is gone, quickly press F8 to show the boot options list. Select Safe Mode and install 7. It will allow the initial stages & file copying.

Step 2, When 7 restarts for the first time, press F8 and select 'safe mode'. A dialog box will appear stating that windows cannot continue in safe mode 'ok' to restart.

Do not click OK when the message box appears. Instead, just carry on as usual

Step 3, press SHIFT+F10 to open the command prompt and direct youself to x:\windows\system32

cd system32
then type CompMgmtLauncher (it takes a few seconds to load) you can then access device manager from this console.

Step 4, Select the offending hardware & choose to disable it. Close command window and click ok on the dialog box. Windows will use a standard driver (with less funtionality) when it restarts.

Once installation has finished & you actually have a screen up & running you should be able to install your ori... Read more

Answer:Install Windows 7 in safe mode

That's exactly what happened to me yesterday, but the weird thing , I had windows7 beta 7000 on my PC before and it didn't show any incompatibility problems.Why would Windows7 RC does ??? and how can I know which hardware is causing this problem ( blue screen) ???
Thanks a lot

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my computer will freeze as soon as it turns on, so i have to put it in safe mode. it works in safe mode except when i try and run either microsoft security essentials or malwarebytes it freezes. if i try and install something like a reg cleaner or another virus scanner it tells me i cant do that in safe mode.. also as soon as i turn on comp. (in safe mode) a box comes up that says my help and support is missing... anyone got any advice on what is wrong and how to fix it myself without having to pay an arm and a in advance.

i tried to download hijackthis but once again says installer does not work in safe mode

Answer:can only use computer in safe mode and cant install anything

Hi,It is correct that you will not be able to install any apps in safe mode. It is because the safe mode is the mode where only the minimal features are loaded up or activated. For any apps to install you need to activate the installer service. To do that I will give you the steps in the end. Method 1 to increase the performance:Step 1. In run window type "msconfig" and hit enter without quotes.2. go to services tab3. check the "hide all microsoft services"(Compulsory step to be done or else it is going to be more problem)4. uncheck all the services which you think is not necessary. Keep in mind that the antivirus services should be running.Method 2 to enable installer service1. In run window type "cmd" and hit enter without quotes.2.Safe Mode.Type this in a command prompt:REG ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot\Minimal\MSIServer" /VE /T REG_SZ /F /D "Service"and thennet start msiserverThis will start the Windows Installer Service.3. try installing the apps now.Thanks and RegardsAswinNB: This is my first post, I apologize if you find any mistake in my explanation.Please let me know if you found this post useful.

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okay... so i was trying to get into safemode so i could run an antivirus scan, problem is whenever i tried going in safemode the blue screen would pop up and computer would restart. now for some dumb reason i thought maybe i could get in safemode if i used msconfig and selected safe mode from the boot menu. so the computer restarted and now it boots in safemode but the blue screen and restart happen everytime now. ive tried "start windows normally" but that boots in safemode.... ive tried "last known good config..." and that too boots in safemode. so now im stuck, i cant get on windows. any help please?

im willing to start over but i dont know how to do that from here

Answer:STUCK in safe mode boot, safe mode doesnt work and restarts, REPEAT

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I have a problem with svchost.exe making my CPU 100, so I followed this guide to fix it. When I'm at the point of finding and opening the "fix_svchost.bat" file, I can't.

To try to resolve this problem, I went to here and downloaded the "Batch File Association Fix", but it didn't work and I noticed no difference.

Please help me solve this problem.



Answer:[SOLVED] I can't see batch files in safe mode?

Fixed it, sorry I'm not writing on the original post; I can't find the edit button. It turns out that my svchost.exe problem was actually not a problem after all. Multiple svchost.exe's running is normal. The reason for my CPU usage being so high is because of a process called MsMpEng.exe, not svchost.exe. Here is a picture.

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I cannot get into my computer even in safe mode and as of now my biggest concern is to get my existing files off, therefore I need assistance getting into my computer by I am fine with rebuilding the computer once I get my personal files off. When I try to run in safe mode, a string of code come up and then it bounces to this message:A problem has been detected and windows has been shutdown to prevent damage to computer. Disable or uninstall any antivirus, disk defrag or backup utilities. Check your hard disk config and for any updated drivers. Run chkdsk /f to check for hard disk corruption and then restart your computer. Stop: 0x0000024, 0x00190203, 0x82DDf430, 0xC0000102, 0x00000000.Thank you.

Answer:I cannot get into my computer even in safe mode, how can I fix or at least personal files off

What is new or different since the last time everything worked properly (ie, new hw, new sw, virus, error, etc)?

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I posted to the forums at Mcafee as well because originally I thought this was a virus.
Here is a copy of what I put up at Mcafee.

am not sure if this is the correct forum for this, but I couldnt find one more specific.
I will include as much info as I can.
I am not a computer whiz, but I am not toally ignorant either.

2 weeks ago my 1yr old shut off my PC via the surge protector. Then it would not turn back on. I called the Geek Squad and they said sounds like a power supply. I told a computer saavy friend what the Geeks said and he said you can do that yourself. He brought over an extra power supply he had and popped it in for me until the one I ordered from Tiger Direct came. Everything worked fine. Then I took his out and replaced it with the new one and the pc would not boot passed the windows log on screen. It would start up as normal and then get to the log on screen and completely shut down and cannot be restarted without resetting the power supply.

It will however, fully boot in Safe Mode.

I thought maybe a heat issue?? So I pulled the fan and put on the heat gel stuff and still will not boot past Windows log on screen and then completely shuts down.

I figure, I must have a virus. I had Norton on the PC. I figured it must suck so i went out and bought McAfee Total Protection. I installed Mcafee in safe Mode and it ran a virus check and found nothing. I am unable to access the Mcaffee product via the icon or programs list. It just does nothing when I click on it.... Read more

Answer:OMG! I need major help! Win XP stuck, NO safe mode, I need my files!

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Dell 2400, Windows xp sp3. An odd file showed up in my documents called My Sharing Folders, when I clicked on it the screen came up blank indicating to me they were hidden, deleted file but it keeps coming back. It's appeared now in My Computer along with others that are also blank. I removed Windows Media Player, Live Messenger, MSN Messenger in add and remove programs. Now I can't access anything in Sysinternals programs. I decided to use the Symantec Dell pc restore and start over, now I can't access anything in safemode, the keyboard locks out and I can't type in dialog box, I run AVG 8.0, Spybot S and D, Malwarebytes finds nothing. Avg picks up malware.generic, malware.Isearch,malware.antispywareshield and malware.newdot, it removes them but thier back the next day, when I could still access hijack this it found a string in Avg called, couldn't do anything about it started losing control, my control now is limited, this thing must be sleeping to let me type this much. Any input would be helpfull provided I can get back here and read it

Answer:Cannot Access Safe Mode, Mystery Files Come And Go

See if you can run this scanPlease download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.alternate download link 1alternate download link 2Make sure you are connected to the Internet.Double-click on Download_mbam-setup.exe to install the application.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:Update Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareLaunch Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareThen click Finish.MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan. If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue. If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.On the Scanner tab:Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.Then click on the Scan button.If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button. The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found".Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.Back at the main Scanner screen, click ... Read more

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Well, I've been scouring Google on our secondary computer all night, and I'm stumped. I'm also not completely tech savvy, so please forgive me.

My computer shut down by itself while I was typing an email. Rebooted and no exe files would open except IE 64 bit (as of six hours later, now that won't open either - opens, flashes, closes and says IE crashed). It has gone through numerous "windows won't start, repairing" screens. It has tried to system restore, but it doesn't fix the problem.

I cannot open in safe mode, and Task Manager is missing. I can open regedit but not msconfig (this is bothersome because I found a workaround for getting the system to reopen in safe mode by changing some configurations, but...) Can't open device manager as one option suggested looking for the possible virus culprit in the tools/drivers section.

I found a site that had an exe repair fix to either merge or import into the registry, but it keeps saying it can't do it because there are "processes running." Those boards suggested trying to the merge/import in safe mode, but as above..can't open in safe mode. Also since I have no task manager available, I can't manually end or suspend any processes.

Windows Defender runs but says everything is a-ok (clearly not).

Because I don't feel comfortable deleting anything from the registry, that's the only thing I haven't tried. Oh, I did find something that said to check the shell and one other place in the registry, bu... Read more

Answer:No exe files will open, nor msconfig or safe mode

Okay, I restarted and finally was able to get into msconfig. I set it up so the computer automatically starts in Safe Mode. Tried importing/merging that exe file again, and nope, says "other processes are running." Went into services through msconfig and shut down all services - still didn't work.

I also find a possible solution to create a new user - won't let me. Sigh....

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Hi, I was wondering if someone could help me please? I have some files on an external hard-drive that I've had problems accessing and have finally managed to figure out how to take ownership of the files by booting up my PC in safe mode (I have Windows XP Home), logging in as an administrator and then changing to administrator in the owner tab. I've now transferred all the files to the desktop on my PC but I now have the problem that I can only access them in safe mode and am unable to transfer them onto a CD or DVD rom and my memory stick won't register either. The files don't appear on my desktop when I boot up my PC the usual way, even though my setting in user accounts is admin. How do I go about transferring these files for use on my laptop (Windows 7 Professional) or on my PC in normal mode? Help!!!!

Answer:Solved: Transferring files from safe mode

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iv been getting the blue screen here and there but eventually i was still able to use my laptop regularly, but now it wont let me and i have to use safe mode with networking, now all my files are gone and i dont know what to do

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Hello,I have a ZBook 15 G2 with Win 7 64-bit. It boots OK but will not let me run any EXE files. As such it is rather hard to troubleshoot. Furthermore I cannot get the computer into safe mode. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I might deal with this?Many thanks,harry_t

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I'm using Windows 10 on my laptop. Few days ago, I found a process in task manager (I forgot the name) which seemed suspicious. So I searched the internet for it and found out that it is a cryptocurrency mining app so I looked for up how to remove it. I downloaded Malwarebytes first it cleared some stuff. Then I downloaded HitmanPro after which all the problem started, I guess. It scanned my pc for a while without showing any result. After a minute it showed some files that were scanned and all of them were Firefox Browser's cache. But at the exact same time Windows Defender started showing virus detected notification. I panicked and stopped the HitmanPro scan and restarted my pc to remove stuff from Malwarebytes scan and this scan. After this restart, everytime I start my laptop, it shows the error "Your PC will automatically restart in one minute". Tried a lot pf fixes from the internet but to no avail. The final option I think I have is to reset my pc. But here's the problem. My laptop is only starting in safe mode due to "Your PC will automatically restart in one minute" error. I can't select the option of 'Keep my files and reset pc' from settings cause it isn't working in safe mode. I started the System recovery by F11 option while starting the pc and there's a reset option too. Please tell me will I get to keep my files if I reset my pc from there?
Also the salesperson already created a Recovery drive on the hard disk itself. I also have the Recovery CD with me.

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Trying to clean my soon-to-be father-in-law's laptop, and it is an absolute mess. He had worked with it for months w/o firewall/antivirus-program etc.... It has become unbearable for him (too slow, hardly any interent access, pop-ups, security warnings too many to mention...)

It's a Dell laptop with XP Professional 2002, Service Pack 1.

I tried to clean it in Safe Mode: there I ran CCleaner, Ad-Aware, and Avira, each a couple of times. Avira told me after scanning that some files were locked, and they would be deleted on reboot, but after restarting, it found the same files again.

I located those dll files myself and tried to delete them manually (still in Safe Mode), but they couldn't be deleted or moved...
Some of them are:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\qopml.dll (TR/Dldr.ConHook.Gen Trojan)
C:\WINDOWS\System32\rxmfpocj.dll (TR/Vundo.Gen Trojan)
C:\WINDOWS\System32\vuowpofk.dll (TR/Vundo.Gen Trojan)
C:\WINDOWS\System32\qxmkabqt.dll (TR/Vundo.Gen Trojan)
C:\WINDOWS\System32\hdowabki.dll (TR/Vundo.Gen Trojan)
C:\DOCUME~1\RONPROS~1\rxmfpocj.dll (TR/Vundo.Gen Trojan)

I am at a loss. Usually I was always able to manually delete those kind of files in Safe Mode.
Here is my Hijack log (scanned in Safe Mode, after multiple cleanings):
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 9:42:38 PM, on 5/19/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)
Boot mode: Safe mode with network support

Running processes:
C:\W... Read more

Answer:Solved: Cannot delete dll files even in Safe Mode

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How to install Windows update in safe mode?

Answer:How to install Windows update in safe mode?

Make sure you select network from msconfig setting

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a friend of mine has a Dell desktop PC (now out of warranty), he had a virus from Facebook that has stopped most of his software connecting to the internet or even install new software, everything has been tried to sort it out, he didn't make a back-up disc of Vista & he has lost the sticker with the Microsoft code, so the last resort seems to be to get a copy of Windows 7 & install that, as he can only get his PC to work in Safe Mode is it possible to install Windows 7 via Safe Mode on a PC that is virus-ed up ?

thank you

*note to moderators/admin
i posted this here as i thought it the best place, i know i have mentioned virus issues also, if you think that this post is more suitable for the virus/trojan area then please move it, sorry for any inconvenience

Answer:[SOLVED] can windows 7 install from safe mode ?

If he has his data backed up, He can install by booting from the win7 disc, deleteing partitions and installing.

Otherwise, see if any of this helps:

If you have the Dell System restore ( not all Dells do ) you can use that and you will not need a install CD

If not, You can get a reinstallation guide specific to your Dell here

You can request a replacement instalation cd here:

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I have two questions. I can not boot to safe mode after I have installed ComboFix. Is there a way to fix this? Secondly, I recently attained a virus/spyware/malware program on my computer and it took ages to remove. I used malwarebytes, superantispyware, avg scan, trend micro house call, hijack this, smitfraudfix, and winsockfix. Everything seems to be working fine now except when I do a google seach. If I search for something in Google and click on a link it works, but if I go back and click on another link it takes me to a lame site somewhere. I've scanned my registery to see if it was a problem with my hklm\system\ccs\services\tcpip\parameters to see if there was some hijacked ip's in there, but not was found. So I have no clue what else could be causing this. All my scans come up clean now. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Cannot Boot to Safe Mode after ComboFix install

Found a download link to safebootkeyrepair here on bleepingcomputer. I'm still having problems with the latter though.

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i have some error while installing antivirus BIT DEFENDER in normal mode so i am trying to use safe mode but i am scared that what will be on that case
will any features be missed out when we install in safe mode rather than normal mode?

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I may be infected with a virus. I am scanning using Norton right now and OneCare won't turn on its firewall, telling me that I am 'At Risk'.

If nessesary, could I install antivirus software like Norton on my computer using Safe Mode? Note that it is likely I have been infected.

If you need anymore information, please feel free to ask.


EDIT: Also know that recently my computer had been randomly freezing in the past three weeks. I remember I stumbled onto a website where it suddenly told me that 'MY COMPUTER WAS INFECTED'. From experience I knew it was spyware, and instead of saying YES or NO on the warning popup, I clicked the X. Norton immeditely told me I was infected and tried 5 times to remove it. Then the warnings from Norton stopped, thinking that it finally got the trojan.

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HI GUYS. I badly need help. My PC is acting weird. The symptoms are enumerated below. Suggestions are very much welcome. I found a similar thread with almost the exact symptoms. The guy found a solution. I am really hope I'll find mine. Please do take time to read my post.

I first found out about the infection about two days after the internet connection at home was restored.(My provider had a routine maintenance check up for the lines in my neighborhood.) I can't really say when is the exact date of the attack. So here is a list of symptoms of the infection/attack?.

1. McAfee anti virus stopped working.

2. Can't install anti virus. Tried to install other anti virus. The list includes AVG, Kaspersky, and Nod 32 but all failed.

3. The IE and opera browsers does not work but firefox is fine.

4. Can't connect to Yahoo! Messenger. Prompts a message telling to try again. Every time I do, it prompts the message again.

5. Can't boot in safe mode. When I try to boot in safe mode, it loads all the drivers and reboots again. Normal mode is fine.


Note: Since my pc is sooooooooo slow, I reformatted my pc hoping the problem would go away. Unfortunately, it didn't do anything good with regards to the infection. It did make my pc a little bit faster though. Also, I can now use the opera and ie. Still, the problems persist.

1. Installed SuperAntiSpyware. Scanned pc and detected infections. The Lo... Read more

Answer:can't boot in safe mode; can't install antivirus

Assuming you are trying to run the Read and RUn First instructions, you don't mention whether you tried running ComboFix and MGTools......we need more than just the SAS log to see what is happening in your system.

And yes, I would advise staying off the web (physically disconnect) until you have to attach logs here.

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Hey i have a huge huge problem right now. I just had a virus attack, i had to go to safe mode in order to shut the virus down.

So through the safe mode (with networking) i downloaded Kaspersky 2009, but safe mode just won't let it install.

it have msgs like:

"The windows installer service is not accessible in safe mode. please try again when your computer is not in safe mode or you can use system restore to return your machine to a previous good state."

plus each time i start my window up normally, virus will kick in and installing things like guard online and cloud online. it even fill my computer with random files, and store it in the sysWOW64 folder.
Can't install Kaspersky 2009 in the window 7 safe mode.

Anyone have better idea how to get rid of this virus?

if you need more details please let me know!!!
please be hurry, because i'm a student and i use my laptop everyday, it has all of my works, lectures, projects. basically everything. Thank you

Answer:Why can't install kaspersky in the safe mode!!! ASAP

Hello and welcome.. I moved this to the Am I Infected forum from Win7.Let's try this from Safe Mode with Networking.Please click Start > Run, type inetcpl.cpl in the runbox and press enter.Click the Connections tab and click the LAN settings option.Verify if "Use a proxy..." is checked, if so, UNcheck it and click OK/OK to exit.>>>> Download this file and doubleclick on it to run it. Allow the information to be merged with the registry.RKill....Download and Run RKillPlease download RKill by Grinler from one of the 4 links below and save it to your desktop.

Link 1
Link 2
Link 3
Link 4

Before we begin, you should disable your anti-malware softwares you have installed so they do not interfere RKill running as some anti-malware softwares detect RKill as malicious. Please refer to this page if you are not sure how.
Double-click on Rkill on your desktop to run it. (If you are using Windows Vista, please right-click on it and select Run As Administrator)
A black screen will appear and then disappear. Please do not worry, that is normal. This means that the tool has been successfully executed.
If nothing happens or if the tool does not run, please let me know in your next replyDo not reboot your computer after running rkill as the malware programs will start again. Or if rebooting is required run it again.If you continue having problems running, you can download iExplore.exe or eXplorer.exe, which are renamed copies of rki... Read more

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I have been trying to fix this strange issue. At first my laptop running windows XP professional started going into a reboot loop. Only Safe mode (even safe mode with networking) used to work. I tried to restore to an earlier install and that didnt work.

After trying to everything I could including running various spyware and antivirus scans, enabling, disabling drivers etc, I decided to format the whole drive.

I even fixed the MBR using FIXMBR

To cut the story short.. even with a brand new formatted (NOT QUICK Format) hard drive and reinstalling XP Pro, once the laptop starts up, it either hangs during normal boot or goes into a reboot loop. I then have to again go into SAFE MODE to get it to start.

This is really puzzling cause if it was a RAM or powersupply issue, it shouldnt be so stable in Safe Mode. By the way I did try to remove the RAM module. I have done a CHKDSK too and all seems OK.

Any help or suggestion would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance

Answer:XP keeps rebooting even after clean install.. Safe Mode is OK

Hey Hoo! If booting in safe mode is OK, it may be that one of your VxD drivers doesn't like something about you're hardware. Create a copy a your current HW profile, rename it, and disable ALL hardware resources. When it reboots it will ask you which hardware profile you want started. If it works, I would go back to the HW profile you just created, and enable just 1 piece of hardware at a time and then reboot.

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Last week, I was unable to install Microsoft updates. They failed every time. I overcame this by doing a system restore to an earlier date before the previous updates. They then installed. However I was left with Microsoft Net framework 3.5 Service pack 1 which failed to install. I went to Microsoft download site and downloaded from there.
The my troubles started, in that now on opening my machine it tries to configure these updates and says on screen "configuring 3 of 3" gets to 87% then closes automatically and restarts the process overagain.
I tried to open in "safemode" but exactly the same thing happens. Is there anything I can do to stop this, or am I forced in to doing a restore to factory settings, or I note that I have another option of "last known good configuration (advanced)". As I am not advanced this causes me concern. Any suggestions are most welcome.

Answer:update wont install ,cant use safe mode

Originally Posted by anniesboy

I note that I have another option of "last known good configuration (advanced)". As I am not advanced this causes me concern. Any suggestions are most welcome.

Yes you can try it if also fail use System Restore by using DVD Vista or (I understand
you don't have it) you can use special recovery disk instead

System Restore - Undo
Create a Recovery Disc

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Hi,I apologize if this should be posted in a different section....since I am baffled with this and do not even know where to start even though I would consider myself with somewhat fundamentally adequate knowledge with computers...I have a Sony Vaio laptop VGN-N130G I bought over 2 years ago. I used this generally for a portable station for my music software (serato) and I do not store files on the laptop, rather I have a external HD that I connect to the laptop to run the music software. I used the music software for one of my jobs as a DJ.One day when I went to use my laptop to access my music software, the boot up screen kept on going in loops--it would go from initial boot up to loading windows then for a split second a blue screen would come up then it goes right back to the initial boot up.I thought to go F8 into the boot menu to load windows in safe mode to see what is going on, but even that attempt was not working: even if I choosed to load in safe mode, after lines of script scrolled by and before it actually load into windows, it goes back into the initial boot then obviously to the menu saying "windows was not successfully loaded previously" with the safe mode options....Any help with this is greatly appreciated!!!Happy Holidaysmasaro

Answer:Laptop with XP install would not boot even in safe mode

Unplug all external devices and see if that makes any difference at all

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My xp operating system is in 'safe mode' which won't allow me to install my hp 1300 printer.
How do I change the operating system 'mode' and to what???

Answer:Xp safe mode, can't install hp1300 printer

Win XP Stuck In Safe Mode- Close all programs
&#9632;Click Start
&#9632;Click Run
&#9632;Type in msconfig
&#9632;Click OK
&#9632;The System Configuration Utility will appear, uncheck the /SAFEBOOT option
&#9632;Click OK
&#9632;Click Restart

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Further to my thread:
Windows 10 ISO Upgrade from 7 Pro Failure: Blank Screen

Is there any way to install Windows 10 Upgrade from Safe Mode?

Answer:Is there any way to install Windows 10 Upgrade from Safe Mode?

Did you try disabling the Zotac video card as I suggested in the other thread?

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How to install Windows update in safe mode?

Answer:How to install Windows update in safe mode?

Make sure you select network from msconfig setting

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I've been trying to install SP1 on my computer for a couple days now with no luck. (Tried update readiness tool, manual DL, etc). Thought I'd try in Safe Mode, but it crashed with code #24 during the install. Can someone more familiar with them analyze the attached diagnostics files and point me in the right direction? Thanks in advance.

Answer:Stop Code 24 in Safe Mode? Can't install SP1

Hi agentsmith24.

Make it sure that the SSD is running with the latest firmware.
How to Upgrade Samsung SSD Firmware | - Storage Reviews

Try Windows Update - Reset

And Test your RAM modules for possible errors.
How to Test and Diagnose RAM Issues with Memtest86+
Run memtest for at least 8 passes, preferably overnight.

If it start showing errors/red lines, stop testing. A single error is enough to determine that something is going bad there.

Let us know the results.

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Getting a BSOD X'0000007E' with no file name specified when I try to boot in normal mode, but it boots OK to safe mode w/networking (posting from there).

Read the tutorial on minidumps & downloaded the installer for Windbg, but it won't install, with the message: "The system administrator has set policies to prevent this installation".

How can I get the debugger installed to see what is causing this BSOD?

TIA for any help you can provide.


P.S. -- I'm also waiting for a response over on the malware forum after running all the scans, I just rebooted to verify things are OK and now I'm getting this BSOD. If I can identify the cause of the BSOD it may help me there too.

Answer:BSOD X'7E', can't install MS Debugger in Safe mode

Write this to floppy/cd/dvd & boot it up for 5-8 passes:

Any errors can mean either wrong memory settings in bios or faulty memory. In which case, post your specs.

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I've got a peculiar and suspicious problem, but an expert in the Malware Removal forum found no infection on my computer (see the thread here.)

One of the symptoms I'm seeing is that the Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (MBAM) installer will not complete without errors in Windows XP Pro SP3 after a normal boot. After acknowledging the errors during the install routine (which are always the same, a screenshot is attached to this thread), the installer seems to finish. However, the second symptom is that MBAM then will not run due to the same pop-up error message. It's a Visual C++ Runtime Library error that says, "This application has requested the Runtime to terminate in an unusual way. Please contact the application's support team for more information." Please see the screenshot in this Malware Removal thread.

I know that normally, some malware will disallow running the normal filename for MBAM, so the first thing I tried was renaming the file to something else, including using different file extension such as .com, .bat, .scr, and .pif. None of these renaming attempts worked. This is where I started to observe really strange behavior. After uninstalling my first MBAM install attempt, I found that I could install MBAM when booted to Safe Mode (after changing the registry to allow this and starting the installer service in Safe Mode). After the install I could also run MBAM in safe mode. I then rebooted to normal mode, and MBAM sti... Read more

Answer:Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Runs in Safe Mode, but not in Safe Mode With Networking

Re: Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Runs in Safe Mode, but not in Safe Mode With Networkin

I just found the solution to this issue in Malwarebytes' own forums here. Apparently this is a known bug.



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i have windows home xp edtion on parkard safe mode it is fine,but when on normal bootup mode it will hang up after 2mins aprox(then restart saying crit error,check hardware etc and being to dump files kernel),on a blue screen.

i tried a different graphics card,but no i replaced the hdd drive and put a fresh copy of windows xp pro edtion on,but it loads all the files(i have not pressed f6)i just let it run its course on the disc,then it hangs up on the blue screen again with the words(crit error 0x0000007f)check hardware etc and if this is the first time you have seen it try starting windows again.

Thankyou for all your time.

Answer:Solved: xp safe in safe mode fine...mormal mode blue screen

Start in Safe Mode and look in C:\Windows\Minidump for crash log files with a dmp extension, like Mini071008-01.dmp. Zip 4-5 of the latest ones and post here as a ZIP or RAR attachment. The log file contains information useful to determine what caused the error, most likely hardware.

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I'm new here and in hopes of getting this resolved. I just installed the new Norton Systemworks 2005 and rebooted after installation. When the boot screen got up to the blue screen with the Windows XP logo before displaying the login names where you put in your password, it just stops. I restarted a few times and waiting a few more times thinking it may need to 'finish' installing. But each time gave the same results. Finally, I went in with 'Safe Mode' and got in with no problems. Tried again in normal mode after looking around for any obvious problems (none found)... back to square one. Tried again in 'Safe Mode with Networking' and it failed like normal mode so I suspected a networking problem??? The last thing I tried which made me mad is that I tried to uninstall Norton Systemworks in 'Safe Mode' and that failed!! Anyone in these forums know the cure? :dead:

Answer:Unable to get to login screen, works in Safe Mode but in Safe Mode w/ Networking

Just a thought

Start \ Run \ msconfig \ diagnostic startup
disable any services attached to your most recent install and restart
should get warning next boot about using msconfig, its ok
One key service that needs to be available is the installer service
Try the uninstall, if doesn't complete
Try the uninstall string in the registry only if you know what you are doing


Under it you will see a list of installed programs. Some don?t show up as words but you can figure out what they are by looking at their values. What you are looking for is the uninstall string. Double click that key as if you were going to modify its value. Do a CTRL + C to copy and then exit the registry editor.

Go to START \ RUN and paste the uninstall sting and hit enter. This should launch the uninstall.

Just a thought though as I am not infront of a test system at the moment. You should research this a little further so you have a clear understanding of what you can and can't do with msconfig.

or simpler yet


Start \ Programs \ Access. \ System Tools \ System Restore

Select restore point prior to install of whats giving you the problem.

Again, Good Luck

PS If you try to install it again, turn of antivirus and other open programs etc..

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My desktop after a while will not open any programs or files. I would say after 30 min to an hour. I have to reset the computer manually and the whole issue happens again. This doesn't appear to happen in safe mode though. I've used multiple virus programs to remove them but the issue still remains. I run windows 7 32 bit. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you very much for taking the time to read this.

Answer:computer unable to open files after a while, ok in safe mode

Hello prerunner97,

You could try a Clean Startup and see if you can determine a startup program you have that is causing the issue.
Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup

You stated "I've used multiple virus programs to remove them but the issue still remains."
Does that mean you found malware, and removed what was found?
If so, maybe there are still some malware problems?
I'm no Malware expert, but there is a SF System Security forum where you could add a thread explaining your issue, and experts there might be able to help you.

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I can only run my machine (OS: Windows XP Prof. 5.1 SP3) in safe mode. When I try to start Windows XP in normal mode I get the blue screen after a few minutes and a message that says ?Driver IRQL not less or equal? and then a series of Stop codes. This situation started after I had been using the hibernate option for a few days. After I had shut down fully and restarted I got a message stating that Windows had successfully installed the following update: Microsoft Browser Choice Screen Update for EEA Users of Windows XP (KB976002). At the same time I got a Microsoft Security Centre message telling me that McAfee Virus protection was not operating. Then my computer crashed and I got the blue screen.It may be relevant that a week earlier I had received a pop-up advertising virus protection. When I tried to close it, it started to download so I closed my browser quickly and ran both a McAfee and Malwarebytes scan. The Malwarebytes found and dealt with the following:Registry Keys Infected:HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{1d4db7d2-6ec9-47a3-bd87-1e41684e07bb} (Adware.MyWebSearch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{4d25f926-b9fe-4682-bf72-8ab8210d6d75} (Adware.MyWebSearch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.Registry Values Infected:HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft... Read more

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As of a couple days ago, I have not been able to connect to most websites. If I do, it's after repeatedly attempting, and even then it may only load half way. Google will load most of the time, as will other low information websites. After doing a little experimenting with streaming media, I found that it will allow a small amount of information in every minute or so. While in safe mode with networking, everything internet based works perfectly fine.
I have run many different scanners (tdsskiller, avast, malwarebytes, ccleaner, adwcleaner, etc), which do find things, but nothing that ends up fixing the issue. I am using windows 7. I am not sure if this is malware or maybe even something that is occurring due to user ignorance. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Answer:Cannot access most websites or download files except in safe mode

Welcome tmorg First Clear cache and cookies Next run MiniToolBox, save it to your desktop and run it.Checkmark the following checkboxes:Flush DNSReport IE Proxy SettingsReset IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsReset FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Users, Partitions and Memory size.Click Go and post the result (Result.txt). A copy of Result.txt will be saved in the same directory the tool is run.Note: When using "Reset FF Proxy Settings" option Firefox should be closed.   Now run RKILL and before any rebooting run your MBAM and ADWCleaner again. Post all the logs. Please download Rkill by Grinler and save it to your desktop.Link 1Link 2Double-click on the Rkill desktop icon to run the tool.If using Vista, right-click on it and Run As Administrator.A black DOS box will briefly flash and then disappear. This is normal and indicates the tool ran successfully.If not, delete the file, then download and use the one provided in Link 2.If it does not work, repeat the process and attempt to use one of the remaining links until the tool runs.If the tool does not run from any of the links provided, please let me know.Do not reboot the computer, you will need to run the application again.

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My Win7 laptop only boots in safe mode (safe networking also works) but not in normal mode. It shuts down right after logging into normal mode. I ran sfc scannow thrice and it says that it found corrupt files but was not able to fix some of them. I can't upload the CBS log file due to size limitations (it's 7MB).
What should I try next?

Answer:Laptop only boots in safe mode - sfc can't repair all files

Here are some of the failing entries from the CBS log:
CSI 0000011e [SR] Cannot repair member file [l:20{10}]"mfplat.dll" of Microsoft-Windows-MFPlat, Version = 6.1.7600.16385, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_AMD64 (9),
Cannot repair member file [l:18{9}]"sdclt.exe" of Microsoft-Windows-SafeDocs-Main, Version = 6.1.7601.17514
Cannot repair member file [l:24{12}]"sdengin2.dll" of Microsoft-Windows-SafeDocs-Main,

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on my friends laptop he can not open any programs only folders. i tried in safe mode and same thing only folders. i tried to use the register merge fix i saw on another tread on the site. i cant run hijack this or any other program to post. can any one help or will i have to reinstall windows? it started after he came back from work. windows updated on Wednesday could it have a result of this?

thanks nick

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My notebook is infected with flec006, srosa, bagle, downld, hldrrr, mdelk, etc. Run ComboFix, OTCleanIt, Malwarebytes, SpywareBlaster, SuperAntiSpyware, HJT, with no luck. Since I have no wireless connectivity, I can't post the log files. I tried using a USB drive, and as soon as I hooked it to this PC, my AV software poped-up a warning window notifying me of an infection in the drive.
If I can get back to my wireless connectivity, then I can post the logs. Please help.

THANK YOU in advance!!!

Answer:notbook no safe mode, no wireless, no hidden files

One way or the other, we need to see the logs. Are you saying that our thumb drive is infected or that the av on the thumb drive recognizes the infections on your computer? Do you have a different thumb drive> Can you copy the logs to a cd? We would also need you to run the MGTools and get us the

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I can't run any .exe files even in safe mode - I'm not really computer literate but I know I'm completely hosed on my Toshiba laptop - its about 4 years old.  It seems I can't run any virus scans at all. All files are block.  Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
I can access the internet through safe mode but that's about it.

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I dont know what site i went to get the worm/infection or what happened thats causing my PC to go nuts.
out of no were, i was chating with my friend, and all of a sudden my PC restarts...and i start it up, and notice i dont see my kaspersky this is where my journey begins...
problems im facing:
1> i tried to install Kasperky, Nod32, SpyDoctor, Registry Mechanic, Registry Repair Wizard, etc. And every time i try to install them it says "error 1304", "Verify that you
have access to that directory"...or they're installed, but they dont open nor somehow the exe gets deleted. basically i cant install anti-virus protection programs. and im the admin/main account. i never had this kind of problem before.

2> My PC reboots, when i see the windows logo, all of a sudden, it reboots, i try going to safe mode, i see the .sys files loading, and of a sudden, it reboots. i inserted the xp cd, and went on typed chdsk /r, and it finished, i restarted the pc, and i get another problem, i get this error "missing ntldr".

i went online(, and found a boot disk program like that helps me "fix" the ntldr problem, it worked, but every time i start the PC, i have to have the desk inserted in order to make it work...till then, i have to find the way to eliminate the problem...can anyone help me out??

Answer:My PC reboots, i cant install virus protections and i cant go to safe mode

Format hard drive.
Reinstall Windows.

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Hi, I set up Win 8/8.1 Pro with a normal and safe mode option in the boot menu.

After my Win 10 install attempt, I was intrigued to find I had the options of booting to

Win 10
Win 8.1 Pro (Safe Mode)

after a restart. True in both the black and white and the blue versions.

(The wording isn't exact, but you see what I mean).

Is this an MS oversight?

Thanks. David

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Well I decided to install SP2 since I read the A64 problems aren't anything show stopping.

So I download it via windows update, let it install, and when windows boots it gets past all the boot screens, then it loads the mouse cursor on a black screen and HD access stops dead and doesn't it access again. It just sits with the cursor on the black background and nothing else happens, let it sit for 10 minutes, rebooted, nothing.

I ran msconfig and unchecked all the startup programs, still won't boot up.

Should have gone with my gut instincts and skipped it.

System specs in my sig if its displaying correctly.

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I tried installing a driver of an old Umax scanner and during the reboot Vista locked up, and will only boot into Safe Mode. I had turned off System Restore when removing a virus and hadn't turned it back on yet, so I don't have that as an option. I ran the Vista Windows file checker and have attached the log file.

I have also tried the Vista startup repair tool, but, that didn't work either. As I can only run in safe mode i can't reinstall vista, I would have to do a full reformat and reinstall, which I would like to avoid if I can.

Below is a summary of my computer.
Computer Summary:
Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Professional
OS Service Pack Service Pack 1
DirectX (DirectX 9.0c)

CPU Type Intel Pentium III Xeon, 2400 MHz
Motherboard Name Dell Latitude E6500
Motherboard Chipset Unknown
System Memory 3536 MB
BIOS Type Phoenix (10/10/08)

Audio Adapter High Definition Audio Controller [NoDB]

IDE Controller Ricoh SD/MMC Host Controller
SCSI/RAID Controller Intel® ICH8M-E/ICH9M-E SATA RAID Controller
SCSI/RAID Controller Microsoft iSCSI Initiator
SCSI/RAID Controller Virtual CloneDrive
Disk Drive FUJITSU MHZ2160BJ FFS G2 (149 GB, IDE)
Optical Drive ELBY CLONEDRIVE SCSI CdRom Device (Virtual CD-ROM)
Optical Drive PLDS DVD+-RW DU-8A2S
SMART Hard Disks Status OK

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Answer:Vista only boots into safe mode after driver install

In device manager did you try to uninstall the driver?

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My dad restored his computer to its factory settings while Windows 8 was in safe mode, attempting to remove a virus, and now every time the computer is booted, an error message appears, saying that Windows is not able to install because safe mode is still active. Is there a way to disable safe mode so that Windows set up can be continued?

Answer:Windows unable to install - stuck in safe mode

Hello, and welcome to Eight Forums.

If you like, you could use either step 6 in Option Four or step 6 in Option Five to start Windows 8 back in normal mode.
Safe Mode - Start Windows 8 in
Hope this helps,

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I am facing a major virus problem with my system. Task manager, registry edit and folder options of my operating system got disabled and also I am unable to boot in safe mode. If I press F8 and chose Safe Mode (with networking or any other option), pc is getting restarted again so again I had to start my pc normally.

I downloaded avira and avast and when I tried to install them, installations were being closed at the starting without any prompt messages. While googling, I came to see this forum I had downloaded hijackthis and here is my log.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 3:56:00 PM, on 2/22/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\Binn\sqlservr.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.2\OLAP\bin\msmdsrv.exe
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Answer:Unable to install antivirus & cannot boot in safe mode

Hello, sundeep38.My name is aommaster and I will be helping you with your log.I apologize for the delay in response we get overwhelmed at times but we are trying our best to keep up.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having would appreciate you letting us know If not please perform the following below so I can have a look at the current condition of your machine.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.Please note that I am in the process of my training so it may take a while for me to get back to you, as each of my fixes need to be checked by a coach first.Download random's system information tool (RSIT) by random/random from here and save it to your desktop.Double click on RSIT.exe to run RSIT.Click Continue at the disclaimer screen.Once it has finished, two logs will open. Please post the contents of both log.txt (<<will be maximized) and info.txt (<<will be minimized)In your next reply, please include the following:RSIT Log

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I'm running on windows xp operating system and I figured my system got infected from a flash drive I used. I didn't have any anti-virus in place while this happened because I was yet to install it. I downloaded different types of anti-virus and when i clicked install/run, it won't process anything and exit right away.

I tried booting into safe mode, it won't go in either. Instead it restarts the pc. I tried booting into safe mode by changing the boot.ini file and my pc ended up in a continuous reboot sequence. Thankfully I was able to restore booting it to normal but the malware is still present. Regedit and taskmanager is disabled.

Here is my hijackthis this log.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 12:46:58 PM, on 1/18/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache\Recycler... Read more

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I've tried to run some malware programs.... I can't install avg or eset and I can't boot to safe mode either.. Hijack This install gives an error not a valid 32 etc...
when i try to install the antivirus it says i have problems with privileges of being an administrator.. i am the administrator.. HELP!!

Answer:Help. Cant Install Antivirus Software Or Boot To Safe Mode

Hello malpert and welcome to BC

In order to assist you, we need a bit more information.

What is your operating system: Windows XP, Vista, etc.?

I see that you have problems installing security programs. Do you have security programs already installed? If so, please name them, and let us know if these programs are working.

Orange Blossom

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Windows XP home sp2. I cant get into safe mode to uninstall some suspected virus/spyware items. I get the dreaded 0x0000007B blue screen error. I then try to fix/repair the install via windows xp cd-rom and I can't get past the EULA screen. Nothing I press does anything, I think F8 is supposed to accept the EULA and move on but that doesn't work either.

Please help. I am also including a MBAM scan I did to see if anything there would give you further insight into my problem.

Thanks, METMAN07

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.39
Database version: 2424
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2

7/14/2009 11:13:17 AM
mbam-log-2009-07-14 (11-13-11).txt

Scan type: Full Scan (C:\|)
Objects scanned: 350250
Time elapsed: 3 hour(s), 16 minute(s), 17 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 169
Registry Values Infected: 12
Registry Data Items Infected: 10
Folders Infected: 30
Files Infected: 179

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\funwebproducts.datacontrol (Adware.MyWebSearch) -> No action taken.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{c8cecde3-1ae1-4c4a-ad82-6d5b00212144} (Adware.MyWebSearch) -> No action taken.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{17de5e5e-bfe3-4e83-8e1f-8755795359ec} (Adware.MyWebSearch) -> No action taken.
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Answer:Can't get into safe mode and when trying to repair the XP install I can't get past the EULA

This is better yet, I changed the boot ini file to safeboot and now I can't get into windows AT ALL. How do I change the boot ini file so it loads normally, so I can at least use the PC?

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So I am having a huge problem with some sort of virus where I can't install Hiijackthis or Run spybot S&D or install AVG. When I try to boot into safe mode it works for 20 secs then I get a Blue screen of death! I can still boot normally and access the internet but I cant access google or any search engine. I am running Windows Vista. Please help anyone?!


Answer:HELP!! cannot install HiijackThis or Spybot S&D or boot into safe mode!!

Bump please help

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Hi all.

I have a machine that's been flakey for about 2 months. It was fine, running Win7 64bit Home Premium just fine for 2 years. I upgraded the video card about 6 months ago and had no problems.

Then, about 2 months ago, it would randomly stop responding. Mouse movements still worked, but buttons clicked wouldn't do anything. I could be running a Microsoft Security Essentials scan and it would just not progress. No malware scanners run from DVD found anything. I did the Kaspersky Rescue disc, and the Windows Defender Offline disc. Nothing was found.

I assumed my HDD was dying, so I bought a new one (wanted to upgrade anyways). I took out the old HDD and put the new one in. I did a clean install of Win7 from a DVD I burned. The Win7 install goes perfectly. However, after the first login, I get the same problems after about 8-15 minutes. The machine just stops doing anything. The mouse still moves, status bars cycle but nothing completes. I can't open IE, can't kill anything from Task Manager, can't do anything with the mouse or keyboard that actually DOES anything, if that makes sense.

The weird thing is that the machine is perfectly stable in Safe Mode with Networking (other Safe Modes are also stable). It can run for a week straight in Safe Mode, connect to the internet, write word docs, etc. No errors, no warnings, no odd behavior. When I try to then reboot and login to Windows normally, same problems as above.

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Answer:New HDD and clean Win7 install only stable in safe mode

First of all welcome to Bleeping Computer I suspect some 3rd party service or driver is messing things up in normal mode.Read this : .At first disable all 3rd party services and see if Windows still stops working. If it works fine, then enable each service 1 by 1 and isolate the culprit.

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Hi there. I'm running on a dell dimension 2350, windows XP Professional SP3. My PC's specs are Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 cpu 1.80GHz, 1G ram.

With that out of the way, that's about the extent of my computer knowledge. I reformatted my computer a few days ago due to viruses, spyware, the whole shabang. I couldn't locate my windows disc so I borrowed a SP3 windows professional disc from a friend, and directly after installing, my computer displays the windows logo and then hangs at a black screen.

I really am out of ideas, I've been troubleshooting for the past 3 days. At the moment I'm on a fresh install of windows, and I have downloaded the audio, video, and chipset drivers from the website. I am out of ideas to solve this problem, so any recommendations I welcome with open arms.

(The only possible idea I have at this point is possibly my power supply. If there is any way I could test this please inform me)

Answer:Fresh install of Windows XP SP3 (from disc) Can only run safe mode.

all right mabe if you reinstall another fresh copy of windows xp professional SP3 disc it will work. i have seen this problem before and there was nothing to do about it and i had to format the system. if you downloaded the drivers please make sure that they are the right ones. ok! or else there will be a problem with software communication on your system.

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I've been having a lot of boot problems, currently I can only boot in safe mode and I can't install .msi packages. Both of these have happened before and I've fixed them. Twice before, I would get messages: "NT Authority: System The DCOM Server Process has failed to launch..." And I had fixed that both times, but now I don't even get a message. I just see my desktop background, and then the screen blacks out and the computer restarts. Also, just last week I couldn't install '.msi's. I was told by the error message that their were policies set in place by my administrator to guard against such things, but I am admin. It turns out it was because of my DCOM Server Process Launcher not running, or at least enabling it again was what I perceived had fixed it. And to sort out any confusion, I was using my computer normally with the DCOM turned on after I had fixed it, it just took me awhile to take the risk of trying, to see if that was why I couldn't install things. It's not that I enabled it again, and immediately started having problems.

Here's my Hijackthis log. I'm not sure what the official rule on this is. Do I attach or paste? I'll know in the future, in the extremely unfortunate case of needing to again.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 10:40:37 PM, on 12/9/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16544)
Boot mode: Normal

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Answer:Constantly resorting to safe mode and unable to install '.msi's

Hi, orijimi


Please download ComboFix from Here or Here to your Desktop.

**Note: In the event you already have Combofix, this is a new version that I need you to download. It is important that it is saved directly to your desktop**

Close any open browsers.
Close/disable all anti virus and anti malware programs so they do not interfere with the running of ComboFix.
Very Important! Temporarily disable your anti-virus, script blocking and any anti-malware real-time protection before performing a scan. They can interfere with ComboFix or remove some of its embedded files which may cause "unpredictable results".
Click on this link to see a list of programs that should be disabled. The list is not all inclusive. If yours is not listed and you don't know how to disable it, please ask.

Double click on combofix.exe & follow the prompts.
When finished, it will produce a report for you.
Please post the "C:\ComboFix.txt" along with a new HijackThis log for further review.
**Note: Do not mouseclick combofix's window while it's running. That may cause it to stall**

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having all sorts of problems with a desktop. I can not install any program in normal or safe mode. My virus protection has been shutdown. When I attempt to go to any Virus protection web site ( symantec, mcafee, trendmicro, etc ) my browers gets page can not be displayed. Being local computer geek in my neighborhood, i get the gems.

I have attached the log file from hijackthis. I did the scan while in safe mode.
btw: I can not browser to any virus protection site in "safe mode with network" either.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

If I can not get this fix I was planning on backing up all th data than "NUKIN" the hard drive and reinstall.

Answer:Can not install/uninstall any programs in normal or safe mode

Dest068.exe -> Trojan - part of Wareout
BoundRec.exe -> Trojan - part of Wareout
PestTrap.exe -> is a rogue anti-spyware application -> Trojan DNSBust-M

Here's an idea, remove Norton, and install any other (ie free Avast Antivirus)

Anyway, please do the following:

Remove HijackThis entries

Run HijackThis
Click on the System Scan Only button
Put a check beside all of the items listed below (if present):

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [rock] rock.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [advap32] C:\DOCUME~1\Alex\LOCALS~1\Temp\scksexde.exe/r
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [SetupExeDll] Dest068.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [SAPSTR] BoundRec.exe
HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{D873375C-436B-4D7B-93DB-7F3D321F80DC}: NameServer =

Close all open windows and browsers/email, etc...
Click on the "Fix Checked" button
When completed, close the application.


Run Kaspersky Online AV Scanner

In order to use it you have to use Internet Explorer.
Go to Kaspersky and click the Accept button at the end of the page.

Note for Internet Explorer 7 users: If at any time you have trouble with the accept button of the licence, click on the Zoom tool located at the right bottom of the IE window and set the zoom to 75 %. Once the license accepted, reset to 100%.

Read the Requirements and limitations before you click Accept.
Allow the ActiveX download if necessary.
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If I try to run most setup.exe files from Windows Explorer (including Desktop) nothing happens and the Explorer folder (or Desktop) freezes. Doesn't matter if I click normally or as an Administrator, and doesn't matter from which User Account. The behavior is not consistent among all setup.exe files, but most of them fail. I cannot discover any pattern (size, date, name, etc) for which do or don't work, but the ones that do, always do, and the ones that don't, always don't.
The only way that I've been able to consistently install programs is in Safe Mode or from a USB drive.
I've tried disabling all Services and all Startup programs in Normal Mode but it does not help.

Answer:Can only install programs in Safe Mode or from external drive

1. Scan for malware e.t.c
2. If the problem remains Restore windows to a previus date if exists.
3. Reinstalling windows is the final solution

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