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Windows 7: Complete Meltdown After Hiding User Folder

16 Mar 2013   #21
kado897

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I'm not familiar with your hardware. Perhaps someone else will know.


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16 Mar 2013   #22
johnnya

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Link below will take you to a step by step procedure for creating Recovery DVD's for your Sony.

How to Create a Recovery Disc for Sony Vaio | Tech Tips - Salon.com

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16 Mar 2013   #23
Thumper427

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Flippin marvelous, thank you Jonnya!
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16 Mar 2013   #24
Thumper427

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I don't believe this

I've now tried 5 times to run Vaio Care and it won't work. It wants to update every single time it is opened which I do. I can only assume that the updates are not registering because of the user file issues that caused this breakdown in the first place.

I absolutely cannot believe this, every single programme is completely trashed, I can't do anything.
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16 Mar 2013   #25
johnnya

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Ok, not to worry. The recovery DVD's are only required to restore your system as the result of replacing the hard drive. You can still restore the system to Factory using option 2 in my #11 post.

However, as other members have already suggested, you should download an appropriate Windows ISO, burrn it to a DVD and attempt a REPAIR INSTALL first.

By the way, have you tried creating another User Name with Administration Rights and tried some of the program's you say are failing. We will get you fixed eventually.
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16 Mar 2013   #26
Thumper427

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Wooo!

Hey guys I'm back with a fresh and shiny laptop!

Thanks johnnya, I followed everyones posts especially yours with the links. I made the recovery DVD's and I also burnt the correct Windows ISO to DVD, then backed up all my data onto my external HDD and I did the repair install.

I am still getting a C++ runtime error which either shuts down Vaio Gate or Windows Explorer but that's the only "problem" so far and everytime the C++ error has come up Windows has fixed it anyway.

So, everything looks good after lots and lots of testing. I am sticking to IE9 for now as it was Firefox that created this mess which has really put me off it!

I have installed Avira Free. Do you recommend any other installs for me?

Thank you very very much to everyone that has been so welcoming and helped me with my laptop woes, it is very much appreciated!
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16 Mar 2013   #27
Thumper427

Windows 7 Home 64bit
 
 

OK.... WHY IS THIS HAPPENING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was told to use Windows Live Mail so I imported my accounts from yahoo, hotmail and gmail. When it was uploading messages or something I started hearing adverts despite not having an I.E page open!

I loaded up Task Manager and found 5 "web pages" open. But there weren't any web pages open. I clicked end task on them all (repeatedly) and they won't close down. I removed my email accounts from Windows Live Mail and logged out (won't be touching THAT again).

I ran Avira, full system scan and it picked up a couple of threats in AppData and a .tmp fle whic I moved to quarantine but on reboot and without opening anything the ads started appearing again in my task manager!!

I absolutely cannot believe this has happened IMMEDIATELY after a fresh repair install.

Any ideas of what type of Gremlin I am dealing with now and more importantly how to kill it before it kills my laptop?!!!!

Here's a screengrab;

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17 Mar 2013   #28
kado897

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Thumper427 View Post
Wooo!

Hey guys I'm back with a fresh and shiny laptop!

Thanks johnnya, I followed everyones posts especially yours with the links. I made the recovery DVD's and I also burnt the correct Windows ISO to DVD, then backed up all my data onto my external HDD and I did the repair install.

I am still getting a C++ runtime error which either shuts down Vaio Gate or Windows Explorer but that's the only "problem" so far and everytime the C++ error has come up Windows has fixed it anyway.

So, everything looks good after lots and lots of testing. I am sticking to IE9 for now as it was Firefox that created this mess which has really put me off it!

I have installed Avira Free. Do you recommend any other installs for me?

Thank you very very much to everyone that has been so welcoming and helped me with my laptop woes, it is very much appreciated!
Now that you are back up and running it is time to consider doing image backups so you won't have to go through this pain again.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

or

Imaging with free Macrium
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17 Mar 2013   #29
johnnya

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Well done with your actions so far.

Ok, as regards to possible Gremlins, download, install, update and run a full scan with Malwarebytes.

Link to download.

Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.70 - FileHippo.com

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JohnnyA
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