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Windows 7: Explorer Will Not Load, States Explorer.exe Contains Virus

14 Jan 2012   #1
stevew84

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 
Explorer Will Not Load, States Explorer.exe Contains Virus

I am currently in safe mode now, but each time I boot normally, I only get a blank screen with a cursor. When i ctrl/alt/del I see other processes necessary for windows, but now explorer...when i manually start it, i get the error that it contains a virus and cannot load.

I've been struggling with a rootkit problem for the past week, finally got rid of it, but after the damage has been done to my system.

I currently have SP1 installed, tried to uninstall it, went through the motions to uninstall but still states i have SP1. I cannot use my Win7 disk to Upgrade since I have a newer version than the disk.

I also cannot Custom install, states that i cannot instal windows to the selected drive, which is my C (system). I have about 50gb remaining on this drive, so im not sure what the problem is.

As of now, I just need to get explorer going again. I've tried /scannow from cmd along with MRT.


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14 Jan 2012   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

The only way you will be sure you are rid of it is to format and do a clean install. I know it is a PITA but in the long run may be easier and faster.

You have already had 2 outbreaks.

If you have a win 7 dvd and can boot from it, you should be able to install a clean copy.

You might be prevented from installing it if you have 4 or more partitions (including the one for the os)
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14 Jan 2012   #3
stevew84

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Yea need to clean install. Can I put XP on this system instead? I have a bootable XP disk cland I know it formats the drive right away. I'm thinking of doing this and going for win7 later.
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14 Jan 2012   #4
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stevew84 View Post
Yea need to clean install. Can I put XP on this system instead? I have a bootable XP disk cland I know it formats the drive right away. I'm thinking of doing this and going for win7 later.
Of course you can, though I dont recommend it. MS no longer supports XP.
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14 Jan 2012   #5
stevew84

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

I meant put XP so I have a fresh stable system, then upgrade to win7 with no hassle.

I ran a deep scan with avast last night, explorer booted at start up like it was supposed to but now svchost.exe and iexploree.exe are currupt. Avast is running a preboot scan and noticed these two files.....the repair option does not work, should I delete?
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14 Jan 2012   #6
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stevew84 View Post
I meant put XP so I have a fresh stable system, then upgrade to win7 with no hassle.

I ran a deep scan with avast last night, explorer booted at start up like it was supposed to but now svchost.exe and iexploree.exe are currupt. Avast is running a preboot scan and noticed these two files.....the repair option does not work, should I delete?

AH you mean dual boot. That is the preferred method. Install the older OS (XP) first then win 7.

Regarding Avast, do you mean delete svchost, and IE? Those are critical files. A better way to check for malware is malwarebytes.

Please download the free version of Malwarebytes.
Update it immediately.
Do a full system scan
Let us know the results at the end.



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14 Jan 2012   #7
stevew84

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

I mean single boot with XP, then upgrade with 7.

I've used malware bytes...thrn I used webroot and that killed the root out. Now I can't even start my machine. Gets to splash then restart, start up repair doesn't load, just freezes and I have to hard boot. Now my PC is useless, only option is to install windows from boot, tried that with xp but after the files extract, it reboots then CPU overheat, f1 to continue then everything starts over making me extract again.
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14 Jan 2012   #8
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stevew84 View Post
I mean single boot with XP, then upgrade with 7.

I've used malware bytes...thrn I used webroot and that killed the root out. Now I can't even start my machine. Gets to splash then restart, start up repair doesn't load, just freezes and I have to hard boot. Now my PC is useless, only option is to install windows from boot, tried that with xp but after the files extract, it reboots then CPU overheat, f1 to continue then everything starts over making me extract again.
Why would you need to install XP to then upgrade to win 7?
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14 Jan 2012   #9
writhziden

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stevew84 View Post
Yea need to clean install. Can I put XP on this system instead? I have a bootable XP disk cland I know it formats the drive right away. I'm thinking of doing this and going for win7 later.
Of course you can, though I dont recommend it. MS no longer supports XP.
XP is to be supported until April 8, 2014. Support for Windows XP

I think I understand the reasoning of the OP. There are other ways to clean your system using the Windows 7 install DVD. Command Prompt at Startup will allow you to do a full format of the drive containing your old Windows (you should make sure it is the correct drive using the "dir" command without quotes). You can also use Diskpart and do a clean all command on the disk containing the old windows installation, which zeros every sector of the drive.

If you need help with either of these methods, just ask. Lots of people on here are available to help with clean Windows installations. See Clean Install Windows 7
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14 Jan 2012   #10
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

If it was my computer I would wipe the drive before installing the operating system. A format does not wipe the hard drive/ssd their for the rootket infection can still be there hiding in places like $Recycle Bin and many other places and when you open the path by installing the operating system you can be back where you started. IMHO a clean wipe is the only way to make sure a rootket virus is gone.
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