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Help!! Log on followed by immediate log off

By chris231218 ·
Please help!!

I have been trying to clear my friends severely infected pc from numerous viruses.

I managed to remove many but whilst following certain instructions I may have removed a registry key (or the virus removed it for me) but unfortunately system restore is not enabled.

When I attempt to log on the pc immediately logs me off again.

I have tried in safe mode and last known configuration that worked but as system restore is off neither proved fruitful.

I have used the installed recovery console to try the following -

I have read web pages about replacing the wsaupdater file with the userinit file but this did not work.

I have attempted to copy files from the repair section of windows but these where not found for some reason.

The owner of the pc does not have the xp disc.

So can anybody offer any advice because I am really struggling!

As a side thought... is it possible to recover files from the recycle bin whilst in recovery console (will I be able to replace the keys by doing this)?

also, is it possible to turn on system restore through the recovery console?

I have disconnected the hard drive from the troubled pc and attached it to my pc so I have access to files - can this route help? Could I copy files from my XP installation?

I don't really want to go down the repair install route as firstly the correct XP cd is not available and secondly I believe the error may be resolved

Any help greatly appreciated.

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by ccthompson In reply to Help!! Log on followed by ...

If you can log in with safe mode, try to make a new "dummy" user. See if the same thing occurs, if not. Copy all the users files to the new dummy user, delete the old one, then remake it if you want, or just continue to use the newly made dummy user.

If it still occurs with new users, i would format the PC and try to copy all the files you can through safe mode before formatting the PC.

Format it and start fresh! Hope this helps, remember to try to back everything up you can before you format it, if you have to.

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by chris231218 In reply to

Thanks for your answer.

Unfortunately I cannot access in safe mode - the same problem occurs.

I would like to think there is a cure involving replacing certain files from a working pc or copied from an XP disc without going down the format route.

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by w2ktechman In reply to Help!! Log on followed by ...

Can you log in as a local administrator? If so you can recreate the user profile or create a new one. This should cure the problem if it is a profile issue.
It would be hard to say which file(s) need replacing, but it sounds like a fresh build might be the best way. Slave the drive to another system and backup the data. Make sure the other system has current AV and Antispyware in place before attaching the drive.

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by chris231218 In reply to

Comment from chris231218@... on 05/22/06 :
I am unable to log on with any of the user accounts on the system either in normal mode or in safe mode.

I can log on as administrator in recovery console. Does that give me any options?

I have replaced the userinit.exe file but as various website solutions have suggested the wsaupdater.exe file is not present.

The user profiles are on a second partition on the sick harddrive. Is that an issue?

Does a repair install save the software on the system?

Thanks for your help... but more needed

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by chris231218 In reply to Help!! Log on followed by ...

I am unable to log on with any of the user accounts on the system either in normal mode or in safe mode.

I can log on as administrator in recovery console. Does that give me any options?

I have replaced the userinit.exe file but as various website solutions have suggested the wsaupdater.exe file is not present.

The user profiles are on a second partition on the sick harddrive. Is that an issue?

Does a repair install save the software on the system?

Thanks for your help... but more needed!

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Help!! Log on followed by ...

A Repair Install or what MS Calls an In Place Install will save all the existing Software and Registry Settings which may not be at all useful to you if you have removed something important from the Registry.

You just might have to Bite the Bullet and do a clean install. As you've already said that there is a second HDD present if all the user data is on that and the Windows System is on the other none of your User Data should be affected but that's a really big If.

As far as copping files from your XP installation you can but they most likely will be of no help as Windows installed drivers for the hardware available and makes the files to suit the install.

Even if you do manage to turn System Restore Back on it will be of no use as there is nothing to restore from. As far as recovering files from the Recycle bin this is almost impossible while in the Recovery Console and will be fairly pointless what may be of some use is if you where using Spy Bot S&amp it creates a Restore Point itself before allowing you to delete anything so if you where using that it's possible to restore to the point before you removed the problems. If you where using Windows Defender do a reinstall now it will be much faster to cure your problems.

As far as the Correct CD not being available all you need is a CD of XP that is of the same version to reinstall XP so if this has XP Home on it any XP Home CD will do, the same applies to the entire Range of the XP Variants you just need the same version CD to perform a reinstall. Though if you have an off the shelf system it may require looking around for the correct drivers which are not included with XP.

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