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Windows 7: Strange symptoms of Win 7. Possible infection or hacker???

03 Mar 2013   #1
TableLeg

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Strange symptoms of Win 7. Possible infection or hacker???

I hope somebody might be able to help in any way before I set about doing a complete reinstall of Win 7.

I am trying to resolve some issues on my fathers Pc as follows:

1, Initially he was getting a constant pop up on each boot saying that windows was not genuine and required activation.
The software is genuine and had already been activated.
A check in control panel/system shows 'windows activated'

2, Then the updates started to fail. They would download but then on restart when the updates would be configuring it would then say 'updates failed, reverting to previous....'
The Pc would then reboot and on start up say updates were available to download (the same ones previously). Attempting this again just ended in a constant loop which was only broken when I select updates to never.
I tried running the update troubleshooter which would say the updater was then fixed but it made no difference.

Downloading the microsoft fixit program also failed as it would not even run.

3, Some more delving and I also found,
The system restore tab from 'system' is missing.
Typing 'create a restore point' does not open restore.
Navigating to rstrui.exe in system32 wont launch.
Also services.msc wont launch at all.
I can see that the updater service is stopped but cannot restart it.

4, Running repair from both bios bootup and from the Win 7 DVD has failed to fix any issues.

5, Sfc /Scannow found issues but could not repair them

6, Chkdsk failed to find any issues

7, Avast antivirus and malwarebytes have not found any issues

ALTHOUGH my dad fell foul of an email hoax with an attachment he opened.

I suspect this could have been a virus.

I have tried numerous other things found on the internet but to no avail.

Im left now with reinstalling the OS unless any of you clever people have any idea's of anything else to check.




***Apologies if this is in the wrong section***


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03 Mar 2013   #2
richnrockville

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

TableLeg, My personal recommendation would be after you have copied all the files that you wish to save to an external usb drive, then a boot of the windows 7 dvd. Remove the existing partitions and do a complete install of the OS. this way, if you only do a restore or upgrade, it will carry some bad guys with it.

It will most likely be the path of less aggrivation, although some will advise other methods. A clean install usually will put you on a level playing field.

Rich
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03 Mar 2013   #3
TableLeg

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks Rich for the reply.

Do you think it sounds like a virus infection?
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03 Mar 2013   #4
gregrocker

 

Run a full scan now of Malwarebytes.

Then download and burn to CD, boot to run a full scan of Windows Defender Offline.

Using the Win7 DVD provided in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 run SFC /SCANNOW Run in Command Prompt at Boot to see if it can repair System files.

The next step as a last resort before reinstall if System Files won't repair after several attempts, is to run a Repair Install.

However a better course with such serious infection damage is to invest now the time to get a perfect reinstall following the exact steps in tutorial two paragraphs above. Then after its all set up and running fine, capture a WIn7 backup image so you never have to reinstall again.

You will get and keep a perfect install to the exact extent you stick with the steps, tools and methods given in tutorial.
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03 Mar 2013   #5
flashh4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.
 
 

no thanks
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03 Mar 2013   #6
TableLeg

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thank you very much for the replies.

I wont now have access to the computer until Tuesday evening so I'll report back with my findings after then.

Thanks again.

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03 Mar 2013   #7
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

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03 Mar 2013   #8
TableLeg

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
Am I missing something

How is that in any way useful?
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04 Mar 2013   #9
richnrockville

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TableLeg View Post
Thanks Rich for the reply.

Do you think it sounds like a virus infection?
Tableleg, you seem to already have run Malwarebytes and found nothing but it is not a 100% av.

My recommendation will most likely be less aggrivation. I know some that want you to run all kinds of external program all of which take valuable time and care to make sure that you follow directions to the penny.

My solution most times will take you less time and get you on the path to a working system without downloading any external programs.

It is a matter of personal preference which method you use and My take on it is that you have or had a virus that changed some of your priveleges or files.

Bottom line: Read all the recommendations and then proceed with whichever procedure you think will be the less aggrivation. And get you back on track soonest..

Rich
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04 Mar 2013   #10
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richnrockville View Post
TableLeg, My personal recommendation would be after you have copied all the files that you wish to save to an external usb drive, then a boot of the windows 7 dvd.
Remember to scan your files for malware once you have copied them.

Regardless of the method you use to fix your problem, once your PC is running properly, create a backup HDD image.
Re-imaging a PC is a lot faster, than reinstalling everything "from scratch".

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