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WinXP Home: Boots then freezes.

By EtherealRaven ·
This is actually for my girlfriend. I'm really stressed out about this. Her laptop (Sony Vaio) is screwed up now that I've fixed a problem she had. Whenever she would visit Google.com, she would be redirected to a CPanel website. I went to Cpanel.net and found their FAQ, which led me here:
http://www.trendmicro.com/vinfo/virusencyclo/default5.asp?VName=TROJ_QHOSTS.A
(Remove extra spaces,of course.)
Foolishly, I *loosely* followed the steps to manually remove the qhosts virus. (I think now that I could have just altered the HOSTS file in c:/windows and none of this would have happened. Anyway, instead of erasing the value of the registry entries, I just completely deleted the registry entries that it referred to. Some of them were not altered, now that I think about it. I tested the steps to fix it, by visiting Google.com, and it worked! I was elated. Then, I restarted her computer to make sure any changes were final. I figuered, hey, it's fine now...
Now it freezes whenever I try to boot her laptop up. A) At the Welcome screen when she types in her password, or B) shortly thereafter while Windows is loading the startup programs. I initially thought that it was just an overload of startup programs, so one time that it booted semi-halfway, I quickly ran msconfig and disabled aim.exe, ypager, and other various useless programs. But it still won't boot up into normal mode! I can boot into Safe Mode just fine, so, if someone can help me, I would greatly appreciate it. I know this is probably a tedious easy question to most, but I'm putting almost all of my TechPoints into this. I need to fix this badly.

Thank you in advance,
Ryan

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by Mikevjr2 In reply to WinXP Home: Boots then fr ...

Can't you just backtrack using the site, and re-create the registry entries minus the values?

-Mike

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Update: I tried restoring to the day before I messed with the reg, and it still freezes. I put back in all the entries in safe mode with blank values, and it freezes. I can boot into Safe Mode just fine. I also tried booting into Last Known Good Configuration, to no avail. Now I'm restoring to three days before I messed with the reg. If I'm forced to resort to Windows Repair, can I use a WinXP Pro CD on her WinXP Home computer? It's a Sony Vaio laptop; it came preinstalled with Windows, so, no CD. I have my Pro version CD though...

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by EtherealRaven In reply to WinXP Home: Boots then fr ...

Okay, it turns out that it's not freezing anymore (if it ever was), but it's basically lagging incredibly bad. The message that pops up is: "NT On-Access Scanner serivce. has encountered a problem and needed to close."

I clicked a couple more buttons to get to what data files the error pertained to.

c:\DOCUME~1\JAMIET~1\LOCALS~1\temp\wer6c.tmp.dir00\mcshield.exe.mdmp
c:\DOCUME~1\JAMIET~1\LOCALS~1\temp\wer6c.tmp.dir00\appcompat.txt

These were the two entries listed.

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by EtherealRaven In reply to WinXP Home: Boots then fr ...

Okay, everything is fixed. After re-adding the registry entries, I installed the new Ad-Aware SE and ran it, and disabled some startup items that shouldn't have been there. Everything's okay now :)

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