Windows Safemode won't boot. 12 replies

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t0m

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#1 12 years ago

I recently found some spyware on my computer. I downloaded a fix for it and proceeded to follow instructions to get rid of it. One of the instructions was to reboot windows into safe mode, which I did- the reboot part. However, when I got into the boot menu, you know the one which asks you if you want to start windows in safe-mode, safe-mode with networking and all the other options, and tried to boot windows in safe mode, the computer would display a series of driver paths. It wouldn't boot safe mode...just displayed those paths.

I don't want to have to reformat my hard drive, so do you guys have any other ideas? :uhm:




[Judge]Arch_Angel

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#2 12 years ago

have you tried using the fix anyway as sometimes it doesn't always have to be done in safe mode, it just a precaution.




marvinmatthew

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#3 12 years ago

Reinstall Windows. That's pretty bad if you can't even boot into safe mnde.




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#4 12 years ago

screamingbyehave you tried using the fix anyway as sometimes it doesn't always have to be done in safe mode, it just a precaution.[/quote]

I tried using the fix, but apparently it needs safemode to work as some of the files it deletes are always running during operation. Windows doesn't allow you to delete files that are running so that only complicates things. :uhoh:

[quote=marvinmatthew]Reinstall Windows. That's pretty bad if you can't even boot into safe mnde.

Exactly what I didn't want to hear >_




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#5 12 years ago

have you asked at the mircosoft website?

a reinstall of windows would work, lets hope you have partitioned your hard drive




marvinmatthew

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#6 12 years ago
t0mWindows doesn't allow you to delete files that are running so that only complicates things.

Hit CTRL+ALT+DEL and open up the task manager, select "processes." End what ever it is that isn't allowing you to install your program.

*WARNING* Trying or accidentally ending an importaint process (like, say, your video driver), could cause your system to crash.




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#7 12 years ago

marvinmatthewHit CTRL+ALT+DEL and open up the task manager, select "processes." End what ever it is that isn't allowing you to install your program.

*WARNING* Trying or accidentally ending an importaint process (like, say, your video driver), could cause your system to crash.[/quote]

Tried that. The process keeps restarting itself. I'm going to run a couple of complete scans with ad-aware, avg, and spybot to see if they can do anything.

[quote=screamingbye] have you asked at the mircosoft website?

a reinstall of windows would work, lets hope you have partitioned your hard drive

What...? Microsoft actually helps it's users? Hah, I should see if they can do anything.

Reinstall could help. Unfortunately, I haven't yet partitioned it. my second drive is though, not that it helps.




marvinmatthew

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#8 12 years ago

Once you have spyware or a virus, the only way to really know that your system is no longer compromised is by preforming a full reformat.




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#9 12 years ago
marvinmatthewOnce you have spyware or a virus, the only way to really know that your system is no longer compromised is by preforming a full reformat.

Could a system restore work? I just checked my system restore points and there's one date on it which would completely restore all my good settings.




marvinmatthew

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#10 12 years ago
t0mCould a system restore work? I just checked my system restore points and there's one date on it which would completely restore all my good settings.

It might work. It depends on where the malware is storing itself. The location of it may be not be a location that System Restore backs up.

But it's probably worth the try.




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